Happy New Year / Hari Tau Hou
Gonny is still away on leave until Monday 4 February, so I have written snippets on her behalf.
It’s February already! I hope you all managed to get some sort of a break over the Christmas period, I know it can be a bag of mixed blessings, lovely to spend time with our whanau/families, pace of life is slower but filling school holiday days can be rather challenging! These next couple of weeks of getting back into school routines, new classes, new schools, new teachers, new friend groups, and, the walking on egg shells we do to see how our kids react to all of this can be challenging (Yip, that’s me!).
Below is a link to a great article “Managing the Toll of Caregiver Trauma”. It’s certainly great timing to read it. Many of you will be able to relate to it over the course of your caregiving journey! Eileen Devine shares great understanding and 5 great tips that are very doable.
Read “Managing the Toll of Caregiver Trauma” here.
The start of March is a very important time in the care sector in NZ. From Sunday 3 March, we kick off the Foster Care Awareness week with Children’s Day. This is a day to celebrate the importance of tamariki/children in our lives, in our communities and in our society. There’s no need to remind us all of the statistics in NZ around injustices against children. Children’s Day reminds all of NZ how precious our tamariki are and how we all have a responsibility for them collectively.
Following on from the Sunday celebrations (have a search on the internet what activities are occurring in your area for that day), we have Foster Care Awareness Week. This is a week to highlight the wonderful role you all play in our communities and society too! It’s a time through all the challenges to say this role is so vital, important and lifesaving! I know of various events planned for this week across Aotearoa. Get in touch with your Agency to see what they’ve planned. Make sure you are on our Facebook pages so you can get notifications of events we know about. This important week is a time of acknowledging and appreciating the challenging and rewarding role you and your whanau/family undertake.
It will be great to see you at one or more of our scheduled workshops and discussion sessions. Please review our Term 1 schedule and register online.
Kia kaha kia maia kia manawanui – Thanks for being strong, steadfast and willing.
Stephanie, National Manager Training & Support
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