Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
I trust you are all geared up for winter and that you will be warm, dry and cosy for the next three months.
“For the Greater Good”
This was a symposium for the Social Service sector I attended and was held in Tauranga on 14 May. Many agencies were represented including the Mayor for Western Bay Gary Webber and the Labour MP Jan Tinetti who both talked about closer collaboration within the sector and working together. Jan mentioned less competition for funding was also a priority in central government.
Grans Raising Grandies, Te Puke will be holding regular get togethers on the first Tuesday of each month. Those interested please ring Win Macreadie on 0284021794. Win is taking over from Ruth as coordinator for a few months.
Tauranga Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meet on the first Friday of each month. Contact Karen 07 579 3571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Papa Kainga Foster Care Support – In home monthly visits by ECE trained educators for under school age children. Contact Kathryn Hawkes email@example.com 0800 250 052 ext 3 to learn more about this wonderful service which is available in the Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo regions.
Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Association:
Movie Fundraiser: This year the movie was the comedy “The Breaker Upperers”. Tickets were sold out and a great night out was had by all. Thanks so much to those who helped out or donated prizes to make this such a success. A tidy sum was raised towards events organised for children in care and their caregiver families for the upcoming year.
A.G.M: Thanks to Suzy Brown for hosting this on 17 May. All present worked through the wonderful events put on in the previous year and plans for the year to come. Officers were elected and changes planned from Fostering Kids New Zealand explained. Thanks to all involved with a special thanks to Sue Heath, a long serving, hard working person for the caregiver members of this association. Sue announced her upcoming retirement from the committee. She will be greatly missed.
Support Group for all types of caregivers on the first Friday of each month 10am till 12 midday at the Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui. Come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi each other in the wonderful work you do.
Email Elissa for more info firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Taupo Association: Email Belinda firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 027 241 1775 for support, information and get togethers.
Whakatane Association: Email Wendy email@example.com cell: 027 462 7356 for support and get togethers.
Tokoroa Support Group: Jill Lagas has kindly offered to convene support group meetings for caregivers in this area. Please contact Jill on 0274816182
Working With Adolescents.
Thanks to the active participation to all of the Tauranga participants, we had a lively workshop on Thursday 17 May. We came to the understanding that for many adolescents this was a time of brain, physical, emotional and social upheaval often added to by past developmental trauma. With this in mind we set about discussing appropriate ways of responding to their behaviour as well as learning what schools and the justice system can/cannot do and where to go for help.
Please check our Training Calendar and be sure to register for the other workshops offered – Book with Christine 0800 100 849. Look forward to meeting you there!
All training start at 9am. Please arrive 10 minutes early to ensure we are able to start promptly. This is to ensure the validity of the programme, that you are able to get the most out of the programme and that you do not interrupt the training. We also request that unless really urgent you stay until the end, 3pm.
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