Kia Ora whanau.
Holey guacamole it’s March already! If it feels like your year has only just started, it may be because, in the Roman calendar, March was originally the first month of the year and was named Martius….teeny bit of trivia to start the day.
March is a great month, it’s also quite a busy month with Foster Care Awareness Week and a chance to celebrate some wonderful caregivers with the announcement of the Excellence in Foster Care Awards in Wellington later in the month.
Foster Care Awareness Week is the 03 – 09 March with different events around the country to help raise awareness of the great and important role you do.
Don’t forget Children’s Day, Te Ra O Nga Tamariki is on Sunday 3 March. One of the values of Oranga Tamariki is “We Put Tamariki First”. In the spirit of that value keep the 3rd clear of everything else and put our tamariki first with an awesome day out as a whanau. Check our website for what’s happening in your area or you can click on this link to find events as well.
Face your Future
Face Your Future is an innovative programme hosted by our friends at L’Oreal NZ in association with Fostering Kids NZ. It is a FREE two day event packed with motivational speakers and hands-on workshops to get young people thinking about what is next in their lives.
Each year speakers share personal stories of how they have overcome hardship to succeed in their personal and professional lives. Workshops focus on career pathways, interview strategies, communication skills and personal presentation tips.
This year Face Your Future is being held on the 16 and 17 April 2019, during the April school holidays. Participants are hosted by L’Oreal NZ at the L’Oreal Academy in Auckland’s CBD, their headquarters in Ellerslie and their distribution centre in Otahuhu.
There are 35 places available for young people aged 16 – 18 who live in Auckland and are in the care of caregivers or agencies that are members of Fostering Kids NZ. To find more information and to register click here.
I have heard from a number of the Waikato / Hauraki members that there hasn’t been much training in our region. We have some really useful workshops and discussion sessions this term and I encourage you to build on your existing skills by attending as many as you are able. Even if you have been caregiving for a long time it is always good to refresh your skills and share your knowledge with new caregivers. Click here for more information or to register.
I am slowly making my way around the many support groups in our region and I have been fortunate to meet some awesome people with the most beautiful souls. Thank you for the invites!! If you are wanting to get together, give me a call and let’s do it!
As always, be mindful of your well-being. Hopefully you have a self-care plan that you are sticking to or trying too.
If you are unsure or needing support, feel free to give me a call or an email if it’s easier and we can always talk about what’s going on for you. Phone 0275010395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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