Kia Ora All.
It has been a busy and exciting month, with lots happening with Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week.
I would like to formally acknowledge John and Mary-Ann Tahitahi for receiving an Excellence in Foster Care Award this year at Parliament. This is well deserved and I am delighted you have been able to receive this huge honour.
Lots of workshops and discussion sessions have been running this term and we have had reasonable numbers attend. Remember to invite other caregivers. These are great opportunities, not just to be a part of the workshop, but to connect with other caregivers.
GLOBAL DEVELPMENTAL DELAY WORKSHOP
What’s Global Developmental Delay (GDD), and what does it mean for caring for tamariki (children)?
How can we use this diagnosis to help tamariki (children) get the most out of life, without labelling?
Rose Hawkins, Oranga Tamariki Regional Disability Advisor for Auckland and Te Tai Tokerau, will be speaking to caregivers and answering these questions.
Please note, the date is now 20 April at 9.30am – 11.30am
11 Dalgety drive Manaukau
Caregivers are invited to register at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDRENS DAY AND FOSTER CARE AWARENESS WEEK
We started Foster Care Awareness Week with a Caregiver dinner. What an amazing night this was. Thanks to the caregivers from the South that travelled West. I could see that you enjoyed your night and it was worth the journey. Well done Sasha for a great celebration and the amazing giveaways. Huge thanks also to Daryl Broughham for being MC for our night.
This year there were several Children’s Day events in the area: see photos below of some of the great events that occurred. Thanks to those who participated.
I want to acknowledge the following people for their support to make these days happen and be successful: SAFVPN-South Auckland Violence Prevention Network, Whanau Ora-South Auckland, Salvation Army Royal Oak, Sasha Blackwell, Priscilla Elemani, Rosanna Pou, Sally Mowbray-Lee, Judith Hall.
Just a reminder we have two Facebook pages for caregivers. Feel free to join and see information that is placed on there by other caregivers.
The Term Two training schedule will be open for registration early April. You will receive an email link to the new calendar, once it has been released. Otherwise, you can view the term one calendar here to register for the “Team work” workshop, held in Manurewa, Wednesday 4 April. Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving. It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers.
In term 2 we have a new Training – The Importance of PLAY. Please refer to the snippet about the new training material to find out more about this exciting workshop.
I look forward to seeing you at a training soon.
Please feel free to ring me if you require any support with the children in your care.
FACE YOUR FUTURE
We still have places available for youth (aged 16 – 18) from the Auckland Region to attend the L’Oréal Face your Future event held on Thursday 19 and Firday 20 April 2018. Places are on a first come first served basis, so don’t leave it to the last minute. You can find an application form and more information about the event here. For further queries please contact Jennifer Kinsella, email@example.com or (04) 974 8204.
Noho Ora Mai/Stay well, goodbye
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