Canterbury News – September 2017

Canterbury RC
Lorraine Murray
03 281 7495 or
027 501 0392

Tēnā koutou katoa

I hope you are all enjoying the change in the weather and managing to get some sunshine!

I have just got back from the Understanding and Managing Behaviour workshop in Timaru, which was well attended.  I hope everyone got something from the workshop, I know I did and I thank you all for your contributions to the day.  It was also wonderful for me to meet more members and I look forward to meeting many more of you at future meetings or workshops.

If you would like to come along to any of the other Training workshops I am running next term, please check the training calendar here link.  To view dates, locations and to register. Term 4 workshops will be live for registration mid September.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind Canterbury caregivers that this year’s National Conference is right here in Christchurch (28th – 29th September) and I encourage any caregivers that would like to attend to have a look at the website for details, click on this link.  I am getting quite excited, as this year will be my first conference and I hear from members and colleagues that have been to previous years that it is quite an event with world class key note speakers.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the South Island.   I look forward to meeting many more Canterbury members there.

October Snippets

The last week of September is going to be a very busy one for us, as we will be at our National Conference learning lots and meeting many caregivers.  Unfortunately this means that we won’t be able to get our October Snippets out to you on the 1 October.  Instead we will share some learning from conference with you in the second week of October.

Ngā mihi

Association Information

Ashburton Network/Association Group

Contact Noella Talbot if you would like support. They meet up regularly and would love to connect with other Foster/Whanau/Kin caregivers. She can be contacted on: 03 308 3263 / noella.

South Canterbury Network/Association Group

Unfortunately, our last get together had a unforeseeable glitch. We will be organising another one soon. If you would like support or to connect with other Foster/Whanau/Kin caregivers contact Katrina Merrick | 027 416 9708 |

Otautahi Foster Care Association

“It has been a lovely change to see signs of spring upon us.  Each day I travel pass Hagley Park dropping off a child to school and it is great to see the daffodils in bloom.

We have just had our Annual Meeting with a great turn out of foster carers it was encouraging to see lots of new faces.  We welcome to our committee three enthusiastic new members and look forward to their ideas and contributions.  We sincerely thank Mary Stott for the work she has done as outgoing Chairperson and wish her well as she attends to her grandchildren in Australia.  We also wish to acknowledge Val McClymont’s for his contribution to the committee.  We appreciate the time commitment and energy that you both have invested in the association.  It was nice to hear what inspires each other as carers at the meeting.  Our thanks also extend to the committee that willingly volunteered to continue in their roles – thank you.  It was nice to have Lorraine from Fostering Kids NZ with us for the morning.

We are very excited that Fostering Kids NZ’s conference is in Christchurch this year.  There is a great line up of speakers ready to inspire us all.  Otautahi Foster Care is pleased to have offered 8 people sponsorship to attend two days of awesome learning and networking. We are not having a meeting in September due to the conference being at the end of the month.

We are still in the planning stages of organising a Day out for Foster Carers.  This event will be held in October – please watch this space for more details.

I am personally encouraged by the forums Oranga Tamariki have been hosting, seeking feedback.  Care Standards is in the final draft now – this will bring about positive changes.

Thank you for the difference you make in your child’s life. Angela Swinney, Chairperson.



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