Auckland North News – March 2018

Auckland RC
Sasha Blackwell
09 280 3862 or
027 538 9691

Tena koe,

February was a crazy weather month from beautiful sunny hot days to torrential rain, storms and flooding, hopefully March has a better outlook for us all.

I am really looking forward to seeing many of you at our Caregiver Celebration Dinner on Saturday 3 March 2018. It will be an amazing event to honour you all.  We have great spot prizes so make sure to bring your ticket along on the night.

Workshops are underway and we have started with great attendance.  It is lovely meeting new caregivers who want to add to their learning and gain insight with strategies and connecting with other caregivers.  I also think it is great that current caregivers are revisiting these workshops they have already completed to upskill and learn more. Please register here.

If you are needing support at any time, you can contact me via email, phone or Facebook.  I am happy for you to drop into my office (232 Dairy Flat Highway) if you need to discuss anything, please call first to check I will be there.  There are several things that this ‘support’ can cover so don’t be afraid to ask.

To make sure you are kept up-to-date with events and information, please make sure you join our facebook page,  ‘Fostercare Auckland Support’

Association Network/Support Groups


Monday 12 March 2018 10.30am – 12.00pm at Te Atatu Baptist Church.

Kylie Johnston from Heart Centred Parenting will be our guest speaker. Kylie will cover:

  • The basics of conscious parenting
  • How mindfulness fits in
  • The ‘iceberg of behaviour
  • What about discipline?
  • Traditional vs conscious parenting
  • Connecting vs disconnecting
  • How do we become more conscious as parents?
  • And some questions to ask of yourself

Please RSVP to Yasser El Shall at  Bring along a plate to share for morning tea.  I will also be attending so if you require any support ie; with your placement etc you can chat with me before or after the session.


Tuesday 13 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm at Mozaik Silverdale.  First coffee included.  We have been donated some colourful lunchboxes and drink boxes for caregivers on the North Shore/Rodney area and these will be available on the day along with L’Oreal products.  Please RSVP our new Key Contact Anthea Timmer at or 021 0229 1617.

“I’m Anthea, the new Key Contact.  I’m excited to be helping organise monthly catch ups and activities for our families.  I have three biological children, two HFL girls and three grandchildren.  I have been fostering for nine years.  My passion is children and I have a background in early childhood education.  I am looking forward to sharing stories and experiences and helping where I can to make this foster journey fun and rewarding for all.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to meeting you all.”


Please contact Judith Hall 027 486 6883 or via email or Sally Mowbray-Lee Sally 021 141 2155 or (09) 636 5667 for events and keep an eye out in our Facebook page.


Term One workshops are still open for registration, so please register online here.  This term we are running two workshops on Saturdays so make the most of these.  This term in the region, we have Understanding Maltreatment on 1 March and Identity & Belonging on 17 March as well as a discussion session on Securing Permanency on 22 March.

Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving.  It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers.


Nga mihi




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