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As I write this, I’m looking outside my office window at the sunny weather that is starting to descend upon us more and more as we head into summer. I hope you are all well and the last of the winter bugs are nearly over.
Wow, my first conference was wonderful and it was lovely to see so many members there. I got so much from the workshops I attended, the speakers were inspirational and I hope everyone got as much from them as I did. The keynote presentations were also thought provoking and the speakers were so passionate about their subjects. What can I say about Allannah Marriott, she was just the best MC. Allannah had the right lines for every occasion, she was remarkable.
It will not be long before Christmas is upon us again, yeah! The Christchurch Children’s Christmas party planning is going well, it is shaping up to be a wonderful event and I am sure the children will love it!! Please let me know if there are other Christmas parties planned around this region, so hopefully I might be able to be involved, and/or can advertise about them through this newsletter.
Ngarie from Foster Hope asked if I could remind you that they make up backpacks for children going into care and moving between foster homes. Their goal is that they want to provide what a child or teen will need in that first 24 hours. Inside the pack it may contain a soft toy/ book/toy, toiletries, facecloth, undies and usually pjs and some “as new” clothing and a towel for teens. It works better if the carer or social worker knows the size. Ngarie tells me that at the moment they have lots of books for 7yrs plus to give away. There’s also plenty of soft toys to share; clothing for under 3yrs and lots of small baby clothes. Also: If you have a child who has not received a quilt please request to be considered for Christmas 2017 via your social worker. I encourage you to do this as the quilts are beautiful and something special for our children in care. Please call Ngarie on 03 3562455 to find out more. The answer machine is always on and if she misses you she will usually get back to you within a couple of days.
Lastly from me, it would be great to see more of you join our Fostering Kids Canterbury Facebook page, here is the link. It’s a closed page for caregivers only. Also, I’d love some feedback as to whether you find the things that are posted are of interest, alternatively what would you like to see posted. Please also note that it’s a place to ask questions, seek clarification or seek some support across our region.
We will be running a FAMILY FUN DAY for caregivers and children who look after children that aren’t their own, which includes Home for Life, Permanency, Fostering, Whanau and Kin care. Contact your Association to let them know how many tickets you would like. Remember you must have a ticket for entry – no ticket no entry.
Christchurch – Saturday 25 November 2017 at AMF Garden City Bowl, 15-21 Iversen Terrace, Christchurch from 12pm to 5pm. Please register for this event by emailing – Jill.firstname.lastname@example.org
Timaru/Ashburton – Sunday 26 November 2017 at Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre, Te Weka Street, Timaru from 10am to 2pm. Please register for this event by emailing Noella at email@example.com
News from our caregiver groups from around the region
Otautahi Foster Care Association
It was so inspiring to have a high caliber of international speakers at the Fostering Kids NZ conference recently. It was also nice to meet all the staff from Fostering Kids NZ who are clearly passionate in their roles. Thank you for arranging a high class conference aimed at feeding caregivers.
Check out Dr Karyn Purvis U Tube clips. They made us all hunger for more practical hands-on teaching.
We hosted a day out for foster caregivers recently. Making Harakeke flowers, bath salts and an array of Christmas Craft were on offer. Thanks to Bunnings and the Ryobi Rep we all had the opportunity to use power tools to create a tee light candle holder. St Vincent’s provided clothes to enable us to have a fabulous fashion show along with Fay and her team of helpers. Fay compered the Fashion show superbly.
Ngarie from Fostering Hope went to great lengths to provide awesome prize packs and some pjs for wee ones and a tooth brush.
A great effort and a huge thanks to the committee for your help planning and for your dedication and commitment towards the event. Even if it was your first time on the cat walk!
The day ended with a catered lunch. The Christchurch Academy florist students made the most lovely gerbera corsage and button holes. It was great to see some new and old faces. Thank you Lorraine Boswell from Oranga Tamariki for taking the morning out to be with us and Iisten to many caregivers. A great time had by all.
Our final meeting for the year will be Wednesday 15 November a good chance to hear about the conference from each other’s perspective. You all do an amazing and valuable job caring for our Tamariki. Thank you, Angela Swinney.
Ashburton Foster Care Support Group
We will be having a caregiver evening on Tuesday 28 November 7:30 pm at Senior Centre, Cameron Street, Ashburton. All welcome, come along for a coffee and a chat. Contact me, Noella Talbot [email protected]. if you have any questions. Be great to see you there.
Christchurch Family Foster Care Association
The Association would like to hear from its members as to what they require from their Association. We run a coffee morning on the first Wednesday of each month. This is a great way to get together with other caregivers to share problems, good stories and to see what interests everyone (eg; ideas for training, outings, speakers). The Association offers help, support, friendship and is always just a phone call away.
Next coffee morning 1 November 2017. Please ring Jill or txt on 027 474 1927 to show your interest. I would love to hear from you all. Kindest regards Jill Hurrell, CFFCA, Chairperson.
I am running Working with Adolescents in a couple of weeks on 15 November in Christchurch, I would really love to see you there. A great workshop for those with Teens or nearing that age. The workshop looks at the many changes that occur as our children develop into young adults. We look at how trauma can affect their behaviour, development and wellbeing, and ways you can help them deal with it. Child Development is also being run in Rangiora on 22 November and in Ashburton on 6 December. Follow this link to register and find locations for any of these courses or contact Christine on 0800 100 849 for assistance.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Workshop
Jeff Nobel, Founder and CEO of Noble Initiatives, is presenting a full day FASD workshop in Christchurch on Monday 27th November at the Commodore Hotel, 449 Memorial Ave, Christchurch. Jeff uses an interactive and personal approach and delivers relevant, useful and need-to-know information to help and support caregivers, front line workers and educators of those working with FASD. The cost is only $10 per person (cash at the door) which includes morning tea and lunch. Please register by 20 November to firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 176 8220. For more information please click here.
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