Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all)
This term has certainly filled the diary, as I know it has with all of you. I thought I would let you know that we are looking to move offices for Fostering Kids NZ here in Auckland North. In the meantime, I am still working out of Albany (the Youthline Building on Dairy Flat Highway). I will keep you posted and if you are ever around Albany, do pop in for a visit and a cuppa.
I had three successful training workshops in Term 3 – Carer Families in North Shore, Identity and Belonging in Grey Lynn and Maltreatment and Family Violence in West Auckland. I so enjoyed connecting with those of you who came and always cherish the rich learnings I get from these trainings and the lived experiences shared by you.
For a little light relief, mark your calendar with the annual Family Fun Days to be held at Glenfield Pools on Saturday 1 December, Henderson Pools on Sunday 2 December and Panmure Pools on Saturday 15 December. Can I ask for volunteers to help hand out tickets on the day? If you are coming, do let me know so we ensure these are great family fun days. To get tickets allocated for any of these events please email; : email@example.com with the location/date, your address details and cell phone number along with the number of tickets that you need.
I am attending the 2nd Australasian FASD Conference in Perth in November. I am very much looking forward to hearing about the latest research, programmes and ideas from the speakers and participants. If you are interested in this then check out the link here: http://fasdconference.com/
Lions Club are hosting the “World Festival of Magic” again this year. The Remuera Lions Club and local businesses in the greater Auckland area sponsor special needs or disadvantaged children and their families to attend this world-class magic show for FREE. Their gift to the children at Christmas time! For more info you can see their flyer here.
Keep an eye out for the support groups in your area and do let me know if you would like to set one up, I am happy to help.
North Shore support group – Friday 30 November – Café Windsor, 550 East Coast Road, Mairangi Bay – 10.15am-12.00pm. Children are welcome – there is a playground!
West Auckland Assoc support group – email Yasser for dates / venue: Yasser El Shall firstname.lastname@example.org
FASD support group – Tuesday 13 November – Lounge at the Church, 2 Heaphy St, Blockhouse Bay 7.00pm – 8.45pm (The church is called ‘Church of the Saviour).
Central – there has been some interest expressed in having a monthly coffee / support group in the Greenlane, Ellerslie, Remuera area so if you are keen then please email me and I will add you to the list and we’ll try to get something up and running.
This term includes another Maltreatment and Family Violence training on Saturday 27 October in Grey Lynn, Teamwork in West Auckland on Thursday 8 November and Carer Families in Onehunga on Wednesay 14 November.
Denise Green, Upper South Regional Coordinator will be running the trauma-informed Child Development workshop in Greenlane on Tuesday 20 November. Plus I am holding two 2 hour discussion sessions in the evening in December on FASD, so please check out the calendar link here as there are numerous opportunities for learning, connecting with caregivers and enhancing your abilities to provide safe and nurturing homes for our tamariki in care. Please register through this link.
A reminder to those caregivers who attended the Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviours training that CASA ran recently. “We bring a broad range of knowledge, skills and experience in the areas of suicide prevention and post-prevention as well as broader areas of mental health and wellbeing” – there will be a follow up session on Thursday 15 November at the same venue. I look forward to faciliating this and meeting you.
Whew… what a term, already filled but exciting with these many opportunities. Remember in the midst of the busyness take some time out, when and where you can, to look after yourself! Take that extra deep breath, take a longer look at that view, and hold that hand of those you love for slightly longer.
Tiaki Koe i a Koe (Take Care of Yourself)
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