Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all)
Today is the 1st of July and it signals an exciting change in our organisation, one that we hope will see more caregivers engaging and networking with each other. As of today we are moving from large Associations to smaller support groups that can be set up by any caregiver. We have already started to see this happen, with FASD groups and groups gathering in rural communities.
The current Associations, for the most part, will remain active and I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all those that have gone above and beyond to provide much needed peer support to the members in their region. Your dedication and commitment has truely made a significant difference. If you have been an active member of your Association you will remain a member of that group and continue to receive invitations to their gatherings. For those of you who have lost touch with your Association then we will be emailing you and asking if you wish to stay with that group, set up a new support group or not be part of a support group at the moment – you can choose.
So, if you regularly meet with a group of caregivers who are members of Fostering Kids NZ, for a cup of tea and support, you can now call yourself a support group and as long as there are a minimum of three people in rural areas and five people in urban areas we can support you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.
Change is something we are all hungry for in the care system from the new Ministry. I am very grateful for our members support and willingness to embrace the changes in our organisation, change is always challenging, as we respond to the changing needs of care families.
Thank you and take care of yourselves.
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