Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
Summer is upon us with school holidays and Christmas! Hard to believe the year has gone so fast. There are still a lot of events and trainings coming in December – here are some of them:
FASD (Fetal Alcohol) Dr Valerie McGinn Speaking in Tauranga:
There has been a lot of interest in setting up a group for caregivers with tamariki/children affected by alcohol in the womb. Milli Lovell along with several others has organised the knowledgeable presenter Dr Valerie McGinn to speak in Tauranga on Friday 7 December 9.30am – 3.30pm at the Greerton Hall. Hopefully a support group can start to form from this. If you are interested in attending please register with Milli ASAP as there is a cut off number: firstname.lastname@example.org ph 021 527 604
Family Fun Days
If you have ordered tickets you will able to collect these at the gate.
Taupo – DeBretts Hot Springs, 76 Napier/Taupo Highway tomorrow, Sunday 2 December
Tauranga – Ten Pin Bowling, 13th Ave Saturday 8 December 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Rotorua – Aquatic Centre, 18 Tarewa Rd Sunday 9 December 10.00am – 2.00pm
Support Group Information:
New Support Groups: Special interest groups eg based on location, FASD, grandparents, etc. can register with Fostering Kids NZ and receive a contribution of $3.00 per member who attends your support group meetings towards the cost of refreshments, for up to eight meetings a year. Rural areas need only three members and city groups need five members to qualify for the contribution. Individuals can belong to several groups.
To discover support groups in your region please contact Fostering Kids NZ National Office 0800 693 323
Grans Raising Grandies, Te Puke will be holding regular get togethers on the first Monday of each month at 10.30 am. Those interested please ring Win Macreadie on 0284021794.
Tauranga Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – Sadly Karen Ormsby has resigned from her voluntary position as liaison person after four years in the role. Thank you for the support and hours you have put in, Karen, you will be missed. Any grandparents are always welcome to join other grandparents, whanau carers and foster parents at the monthly B.O.P Association meetings. Details below.
Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Association Support Group meet monthly for all types of caregivers. Come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi/cherish each other in the wonderful work you do. There has been a change of venue so please contact Elissa. You can email her for more info email@example.com or call her cell 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.
A big thank you to Wendy Hickman who has made herself available to Whakatane caregivers for so long. Wendy lives in Kawerau so if you live there too and need a chat give her a call on 027 462 7356 or email email@example.com
Papa Kainga Foster Care Support: Contact Kathryn Hawkes firstname.lastname@example.org 0800 250 052 ext 3 to learn more about this wonderful service.
Discussion Session – Tokoroa Thursday 6 December 10.00am – 12.00pm FASD (Fetal Alcohol)
2019 Training Calendar (term 1) will be out soon. You will receive an email when it is, so keep an eye out.
The Christmas close down period for Fostering Kids NZ is Saturday 22 December, 2018 to Monday 14 January, 2019. During this time, our main line will not be manned. If your situation is critical, please call our critical support line 0800 693 278. If your situation is urgent, please call the 24/7 caregiver help line 0508 227 377.
Finally, I’d like to wish you a safe, very happy and playful time with your family and friends these holidays. Enjoy the outdoors as much as possible with your children. Thank you for the work you do 24/7 for our tamariki and mokopuna – often the unsung heroes but not to me!!!!! Mere Kirihimete me Tau Hou Hari! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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