Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all)
Well I am now into my second month in this role and it all still feels so new and fresh. I have loved meeting some of you through various connections and trainings. Please feel free to contact me on Facebook, email, text or ring our 0800 number, what ever is convenient to you. I know that the tamariki (children) we have in our care bring all sorts of highs and lows, as do working with some of those around them – do remember that a problem shared can be a problem halved.
I have done two trainings during August which I loved delivering. They were Carer Families and Identity & Belonging. I will be running Maltreatment and Family Violence Training workshop, which looks at how this has affected the child in your care, on Wednesday 19 September in West Auckland. Remember that the workshops are good times for reflection, networking and of course new learning. Although the topics are serious we do try and fit in some fun and laughter during the day. Please register here to attend.
I also got to enjoy my first ELEVATE BIKE event in August. What a pleasure to be a part of this and to see the joy on the kiddie’s faces when they see their brand new bikes. The wonderful thing is that the participants in the teams, that are part of the days event, also get so much satisfaction from being involved in something that brings joy to the kids. You can see it plastered on everyone’s faces so it’s just a win -win all round.
Last month there was a celebration for Billie Galloway. Billie has been a caregiver in Auckland for over 60 years and cared for thousands of children. She was a Critical Support Volunteer and a member of the Auckland Foster Care Association. Thank you Billie for all the amazing work you have done, you are an inspiration to us all.
You may have seen on Facebook that there are two events running in September. A Rainbows End Fun Day on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September from 10.00am. Tickets for an all-day Super Pass are $30 including a BBQ and complimentary drinks. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also FREE tickets available for the Razzamatazz family shows (suitable for younger children) on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September at 12.00 noon and 3.00pm both days. This show is at St Cuthberts School in Epsom. Let me know if you’d like some tickets for any of the shows either via Facebook or via email. You can view the flyer here: Razzamatazz.
I look forward to our paths crossing.
Tiaki Koe i a Koe (Take Care of Yourself)
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