Canterbury News – May 2018

Canterbury RC
Lorraine Murray
03 281 7495 or
027 501 0392

Tēnā koutou katoa/Greetings to you all

I have just spent a wonderful three days in Wellington with my fellow Regional Coordinators.  We were training for the new “Importance of Play” workshop, with the first one being run in Christchurch on Tuesday 15 May.

Also, rewritten and updated with a Therapeutic Parenting Lens are Child Development, Understanding & Supporting Behaviour (the old Understanding & Managing Behaviour) and Building Secure Attachements (the old Attachment & Resilence workshops).

Please check out the workshop calendar for more details of when these are being offered. You can register here or if you need any assistance please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.

The 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.

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

Support/Network Groups

Otautahi Foster Care Association

Email: Or Text 020 4119 6505.

School Holidays – yay! I have enjoyed a little extra sleep in during the holidays.

We had our school holiday event on the Friday 20th. Great to see those there. We headed to a goat farm, taking a picnic. There was an Easter egg hunt and lots of fun was had by all.

The family camp is on hold until later in the year – watch this space for more details.

Mid-Winter Pot luck Christmas party will be in June or July. Watch out for our email as you will be required to register for this event.

We are reducing our monthly meeting down to one a term. The next meeting will be held in May.   Remember to have that coffee date or do something for yourself!  You are important and matter to the child/children or teenager (as I am reminded) in your care!

Take care

Angela Swinney

Christchurch Family Foster Care Association

We would love to see you at our next coffee morning on Wednesday 2 May, in Rolleston.  We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, everyone is welcome.  Caregivers of any age, gender, grandparents raising grandchildren, whanau caregivers and children are welcome.  We are a group of experienced caregivers, who meet around a warm cup of coffee or tea, in a loving warm environment to catch up and support each other.  Please contact Jill (027 474 1927), with numbers attending and for the venue address.

Kia Koutou

Jill Hurrell (Chairperson)

Ashburton Network/Association 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/Association Group (Timaru).

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

Rangiora Caregivers Group 

Hi there

Gosh this year is flying isn’t it?  Our next caregiver morning tea is on the 1st of May at 10.00 am (first Tuesday of the month) at the Rangiora OT office.  It would be great to see you there, it’s good catching up and getting advice.

Cheers Deb

( or you can give me a call on 033146776)

Good in the Hood

It’s time to vote!

Shop at one of the Z Stations listed below throughout the month of May and you can help raise vital funds for Fostering Kids NZ or an Association.

GOOD IN THE HOOD is all about local Z Stations supporting groups who help people in their local community. Each Z Station has $4,000 to share between four neighbourhood groups. Customers vote for their chosen neighbourhood group and the funds are divided between the groups depending on the percentage of votes they receive.

Every purchase you make – not just petrol – gives you a chance to vote.

  • Z Carlton Cnr, Christchurch
  • Z Curletts Rd, Christchurch (Otautahi Foster Care Association)

Please spread the word to get your family, friends and colleagues to support the fostering community too. Thank you for your support.


Registrations for term two are now open and are filling fast! Please check our Training Calendar and be sure to register for the workshops offered. You can book online here or call Christine 0800 100 849 if you have any queries.


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