Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
As I write this the summer continues. Hopefully we don’t get the cyclones of previous March/Aprils.
Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week have come and gone with all sorts of celebrations around the country. I was great to see and hear a number of you take part.
“The Big Splash” Rainbow Springs, Rotorua. The Bay of Plenty Fostercare Association once again organised this in conjunction with Fostering Kids NZ on 2 March. This was a great day out for young and not so young. Families attended from all around our Central North region. There was lots of mixing, mingling, running around by the young ones and screams of exhilaration as we all went on The Big Splash ride. Thank you to all those who helped to make this such a success!
Acknowledgement must be paid to those families who suffered great loss on Friday 15 March. Such ugliness on our beloved shores is very hard to comprehend. My heart and prayers go out to everyone who was touched by this tragedy. “Waiho I te toipoto, kaua I te toiroa” Let us keep close together, not far apart.
FASD (Fetal Alcohol) Support Group in Tauranga.
Following the day with Dr Valerie McGinn in December many were interested in forming a support group. Any interested in this please contact Milli: firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 021 527 604
Grans Raising Grandies, Te Puke will be holding regular get together on the first Monday of each month at 10.30 am. Ring Win Macreadie on 0284021794 if you’re interested.
Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Association Support Group meet monthly for all types of caregivers. Come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi each other in the wonderful work you do. There has been a change of venue to MacDonald St, Mount Maunganui behind Top Kids. Email Elissa for more info email@example.com or mob 021 462 030
Forever Families is a support group for Permanent Caregivers or those interested in Permanency. They meet monthly according to interest. Email Laura firstname.lastname@example.org
Tokoroa Caregivers: For caregivers in the Tokoroa region wishing to get together for support and a cuppa please contact Jill Lagas by email: email@example.com or cell: 0274 816 182
Taupo Caregivers: Email Belinda firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 027 241 1775 for support, information and get togethers.
Rotorua Caregivers: Thank you to Heather Jeffcote who has started up a support group for Rotorua caregivers! Please contact Heather by email: email@example.com or by ph: 027 256 4550
Whakatane Caregivers: Email Julia Burrup firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 027 918 0917 for support, information and get togethers.
The Term 2 training schedule will go live shortly, so keep an eye out for an email about this. For now, you can check out the schedule here.
Look forward to meeting you there.
Kia kaha, Kia manawanui, Kia tūpato/Be strong, be courageous, be safe!
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