Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
I hope you are all safe and that the damage was minimal from the storm of Gita that hit New Zealand.
This month kicks off with a really important focus… You!
It starts with Sunday’s ‘Children’s Day’ (4 March 2018). Click on this link to find out what events you and your tamariki can be involved in your area.
Fostercare Awareness week then follows. This is a week to highlight and appreciate all of you; the wonderful caregivers. Whether you provide emergency, interim, transitional, permanent, whanau / kin care, or family home care. We want to celebrate and be thankful for all the work that you do.
You change lives when you provide a loving secure base for children and young people. This creates positive attachment and connections. Your acceptance of who they are, empathising with their hurts allows them a place where healing can start. Lives can be changed!
Recently, I accompanied some grandparents raising their grandchildren to visit Anne Tolley, former Minister of Social Development, in her office in Te Puke. We were graciously received with home baked date scones and Anne gave generously of her time. An important reminder she gave is that the Children’s Clothing Allowance is to be given to all caregivers receiving the Unsupported Child’s Benefit starting 1st July 2018. We will update you closer to the date.
Grans Raising Grandies, Te Puke will be holding regular get togethers on the first Thursday of each month. Those interested please ring Win Macreadie on 028 402 1794. Win is taking over from Ruth as co-coordinator for a few months.
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.
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.
Tricia Corin, Benefits Advocate for GRG has assisted many grandparents receive the entitlements they are due. Tricia is a passionate campaigner for this growing group of caregivers. Please contact Tricia who comes from Thames through the GRG website or 0800GRANDS, 0800 472 637 (for those outside Auckland) if you need assistance.
Z SERVICE STATIONS:
A huge thanks to Z for their ongoing sponsorship of Fostering Kids NZ and BOP Foster care Association with Good in the Hood and the Association Christmas Party. The party was a great success thanks to all your input.
Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Association:
“The Annual Big Splash”: BOP Fostercare Association have booked Rainbow Springs for this event in Fostercare Week on Saturday 3 March. Their members have free entry after registering with Chris Neilson email@example.com . The discounted fees for others from Central North Region members who wish to join in are:
$19 per adult and children aged 16 – 19.
$11 for children aged 3 -15
Free for children 0 – 2
On Friday 2 March 2018 we have invited Caregiver Social Workers from Oranga Tamariki (the old CYFS) to answer some pre-prepared questions. We welcome the information they hold and look forward to hearing from them.
Email Elissa for more info firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 021 462 030
Support Group – Hope you all were able to take part in the Facebook poll recently about avenues for our support group get togethers. We meet with all types of caregivers on the first Friday of each month 10.00am till 12.00pm. Come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi each other in the wonderful work you do.
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
Apology: Last month’s newsletter had a wrong date for the meeting below, it should have read as follows:
A get together for Taupo caregivers of all types is happening at Taste Café along the lakefront on Monday 19 March 2018 at 10.30. I am planning to be there along with Belinda. A very warm welcome awaits you all. Look forward to meeting you there!
Email Belinda firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 027 241 1775 for support, information and get togethers.
Email Wendy email@example.com cell: 027 462 7356 for support and get togethers.
Importance of Play: Sally Moffat (previously from Tauranga, now based in Wellington) has been working on and has delivered this workshop several times. I have had the privilege of learning from and working with her on this. Play is one of my favourite subjects so I am excited about presenting this workshop in Rotorua on 1 March 2018.
Please check our Training Calendar and be sure to register for the other workshops offered. Or contact Christine 0800 100 849. Look forward to meeting you there!
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