Canterbury News – June 2018

Canterbury RC
Lorraine Murray
03 281 7495 or
027 501 0392


Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all

Wow that was a quick change from summer to autumn/winter, I hope you all survived the snap of bad weather, especially those winds!  As the season has changed it is a timely reminder to check our smoke alarms and our heat pumps and fire maintenance for the coming colder months.

The first new “Importance of Play” Workshop in Chistchurch went well and was enjoyed by everyone.  I am very much looking forward to bringing you the updated Child Development, Understanding and Supporting Behaviour Development and Building Secure Attachments.  They have all been rewritten or updated and have a therapeutic parenting foundation.  Please check out the Workshop calendar for more details and to register.

I am constantly amazed and inspired by all of our wonderful caregivers who open their hearts and homes to support the children in their care.  We are here to support you, so please feel free to reach out for support whenever you need it.

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


Coming up is Understanding & Supporting Behaviour workshop on 23 June in Rangiora and the Team work workshop in Christchurch on 27 June.  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.

All training start at 9am.  Please arrive 10 minutes early to ensure we are able to start promptly.  This is to ensure the validity of the programme, that you are able to get the most out of the programme and that you do not interrupt the training.   We also request that unless really urgent you stay until the end, 3pm.


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, alternatively what would you like to see posted.

Ngā mihi

Support Groups

Otautahi Foster Care Association

Hi, Hope you are all enjoying the slow lead in to winter. It’s nice to still get out and about and enjoy the sun. Otautahi Foster Care is putting out a survey on survey monkey in the next few weeks please complete as this will give us great information for further planning events etc.

We are hosting a mid-winter Pot luck dinner, it’s hopefully going to be the last Saturday evening in the July holidays. We would love you and your family to attend. Finer details are yet to be confirmed.

Keep up the great work you do of caring for the children in your care – it is life changing work!

Many Thanks

Angela Swinney
Email: Or Text 020 4119 6505.

Christchurch Family Foster Care Association

Please contact Jill (027 474 1927).

Ashburton Network/Association Group

Unfortunately, we don’t have a group operating in Ashburton at the moment. If you’d love to open your home or organise a get together for caregivers,  please contact Lorraine

South Canterbury Network/Association Group

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

Rangiora Caregivers Group or call on 033146776



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