Canterbury News – August 2018

Canterbury RC
Lorraine Murray
03 281 7495 or
027 501 0392

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all

I hope you all enjoyed the school holiday and had lots of adventures.   We certainly had the weather for it, most days were wonderful and sunny!

I really have enjoyed facilitating the new updated workshops; Building Secure Attachments, Child Development and Understanding and Supporting Behaviour.  Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their own experiences and knowledge.  Thank you also for the positive feedback about incorporating the latest research and practice around trauma informed care. These workshops are being offered again this term. Please follow this link to find out more details and to register.

The upcoming workshops are also a wonderful way to meet other caregivers and build up your support networks.  Please also make the use of your support groups, as they are a good way to connect with other caregivers.

Support Groups

Otautahi Foster Care Association

Four pirates, 50 people and a parachute proved to be an awesome evening of fun.  A nice pot luck meal was shared complete with Christmas crackers and candles.  The night was not over until Santa arrived loaded with gifts for all the children.  Sparklers in the dark was the way we ended the evening.

Thank you to all who helped prior or on the day to make it a success. We gathered a few photos and recipes for our recipe book – we are requesting you send us your best recipe please. Email:

Our annual meeting is coming up in August, please watch this space for your invite.  If you are able to assist on the committee please consider this role.

It’s not too late to complete our survey.Winner of the grocery voucher will be announced at the AGM.

Keep calm, spring is almost here

Angela Swinney

Christchurch, Family, Foster Care Association

Please contact Jill (027 474 1927).

Ashburton Network Group

Unfortunately, Noella is no longer available to arrange the coffee morning meetings in Ashburton.  Would anyone like to take over from Noella in arranging the coffee mornings once a month in Ashburton?  Please contact Lorraine

South Canterbury Network Group

All welcome, for details please contact Katrina Merrick 027 416 9708 or

Rangiora Caregivers Group 

Welcome back to term three our next meeting in RANGIORA is on 7 August at 10.00am, be great to see you there.
For further details email or you can give me a call on 03 314 6776

Cheers Deb.



The Term Three training schedule is live on our website.  Please go and have a look at what we are offering.  I would love to see you at one of the trainings.  This is such a wonderful opportunity to gain further knowledge, skills and strategies to help you in your role.  Registrations are required, please register here.   Or if you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.

Lastly from me, please join the Fostering Kids NZ Canterbury Facebook group, this is a closed page for caregivers only.  Also, if you could give me some feedback as to whether you find the things I post of interest, or alternatively, what would you like to see posted.

Ngā mihi


P.S Ngarie from Foster Hope asked if I could let you know that they are having a PJ drive at the moment and they have a lot.  Please contact Ngarie if you need PJ’s.

If you are in Christchurch and have a need, please call Ngarie on 03 3562 455. The answer machine is always on and if she misses you she will usually get back to you within a couple of days.  Foster Hope do a whole lot more too!!

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