Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
It’s a beautiful spring day as I write this which gets me thinking of Christmas and the next school holidays already! There is such a lot happening in this final term. Here are some of them:
Excellence in Fostercare Awards (EFCA)
Nominations for these awards close on Monday 19 November.
Please go to fosteringkids.org.nz to nominate a caregiver doing a great job and for more information.
Family Fun Days – If you wish to have tickets allocated for you please email; email@example.com with your address details, cell phone, and which event you wish to attend, then tickets will be set aside for you at the gate.
Whakatane – Aquatic Centre, 28 Short St Saturday 17 November 10.00am – 2.00pm.
Taupo – DeBretts Hot Springs, 76 Napier/Taupo Highway Saturday 2 December
Tauranga – Ten Pin Bowling, 13th Ave Saturday 8 December 9.00am – 2.00pm
Rotorua – Aquatic Centre, 18 Tarewa Rd Sunday 9 December 10.00am – 2.00pm
What’s Available for Caregivers:
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 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 or 0800 250 052 ext 3 to learn more about this wonderful service which is available for caregivers with children in care in the Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo regions.
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 through the GRG website or 0800GRANDS, 0800 472 637 (for those outside Auckland).
FASD (Fetal Alcohol) Caregiver Support Group in Tauranga:
There has been a lot of interest in setting up a group for caregivers with children affected by alcohol in the womb. Milli Lovell is organising the knowledgeable presenter Dr Valerie McGinn to speak in Tauranga on Friday 7 December – details of time and venue to follow. Hopefully a support group can start to form from this. If you are interested please contact Milli or myself for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 021 527 604
Bay of Plenty (Tauranga) Support Group for all types of caregivers on the first Friday of each month 10.00am till 12.00pm at the Hillier Centre, 31 Gloucester Rd, Mt Maunganui. Come and share a cuppa, receive support and awhi (cherish) each other in the wonderful work you do.
Email Elissa for more info email@example.com or cell 021 462 030
Forever Families is a support group for Permanent Caregivers or those interested in Permanency. They meet monthly according to interest. If interested please email Laura on: 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.
Whakatane Caregivers: Email Julia Burrup email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Whakatane 8 November 12.30pm – 2.30pm. Follow Up Session for those that attended the recent Understanding & Supporting Behaviour
Rotorua 15 November 9.00am – 3.00pm the new Child Development Workshop
Tauranga Sunday 18 November 9.00am – 3.00pm the new Understanding & Supporting Behaviour Workshop
Tokoroa Thursday 6 December 10.00am – 12.00pm FASD (Fetal Alcohol) Discussion Session
Please check our Training Calendar for all the details and to register click here or contact Christine on 0800 100 849. Look forward to meeting you there!
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