Kia ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week started the last month with a great focus. I hope the events in your area went well.
Hopefully we have seen the last of the cyclones. The last two were thankfully not too severe, although I did see some damage on my way into Napier on the Taupo/Napier highway.
Excellence in Foster Care Awards: Congratulations to all the worthy recipients who were presented their awards in Wellington at Parliament last month. There are many more of you out there who also deserve an award. The stable and loving home life you provide, while building connections, is the best gift ever to children in need.
Bruce Hopkins on the Te Araroa Trail: Bruce Hopkins is on a 3000 km walking journey to Stewart Island/Rakiura to raise awareness for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and to challenge our MPs and new Prime Minister to better support the 4000 plus GRG member families throughout New Zealand.
Some statistics: 9500 kin/whanau and grandparents raising over 17000 children. This group of caregivers is raising around eight times the number of children in state fostercare or other non family care in New Zealand. Too many of them are repeatedly denied access to proper professional or financial supports and legal entitlements to help them in their important roles as caregivers of our next generation, our taonga.
(from GRG Feb newsletter).
Tricia Corin (who comes from Thames) is our local contact for this group and can be contacted through the GRG website or 0800GRANDS.
Tairawhiti (Gisborne) Group
Your Key Contacts for support and get togethers:
Sarndy Matthews email: firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 027 426 600.
Also, Moana Kerr email: email@example.com or cell: 021 456 541
Or on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tairawhiticaregivers/
Thanks Sarndy and Moana for your help and making yourselves available to Tairawhiti caregivers.
Hawkes Bay Group
It was great meeting up with the support group members on 21 March.
Email Cherie Hames firstname.lastname@example.org for details on get togethers/meetings.
“The Importance Of Play” Workshop: Thanks to those who attended on 20 March at the EIT in Napier. We looked at how children in care often need to be in a calm state before being able to engage in a rich play life and why a rich play life is so important in the holistic development of a child.
“How to best support a child affected by trauma” Discussion Session, Wairoa: In this session we looked at the effects of trauma on brain development and how we, as caregivers, can support the emotions behind the behaviour. Thanks to all who attended, especially to those who made the effort to come down from Gisborne. It was an excellent opportunity to share experiences in the session and over a shared lunch.
The term two training schedule will be open for registration early April. You will receive an email link to the new calendar, once it has been released. Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving. It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers.
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