Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!
The leaves are starting to drop, those beautiful golds and reds are returning to our trees.
I love autumn, I love the beautiful fiery reds and glorious sunsets that go with this time of year.
Thoughts of those special walks with the crunch of leaves under my feet bring a smile to my face. Our senses are awoken to new sights, smells and textures where a start of a new season can bring opportunities of new adventures, experiences and opportunities for us all.
With that in mind, it can be a time to refresh ourselves to prepare for all the training we will be offering next term. So please keep an eye out for your training email, as the schedule will go live very soon.
Acknowledgement must be paid to those families who suffered great loss on Friday 15 March. Such ugliness on our beloved shores is very hard to comprehend. My heart and prayers go out to everyone who was touched by this tragedy. “Waiho I te toipoto, kaua I te toiroa” Let us keep close together, not far apart.
A little reminder for our members living in the Hutt Valley area…
We have been approached by a lady who specialises in cupcakes, and has a shop in the area.
She would love to be able to donate cupcakes for children on their birthdays. If you would like to nominate a child in your care to receive a box then please do get in touch with me so I can pass on your contact details to her.
She is eager to get donating, and I have heard they taste really good too!
Foster Care Awareness Week
We had a great time during Foster Care Awareness Week,
Lots of deserts were enjoyed, lunches munched, swims happened and cinema showings viewed.
I hope everyone took some precious “me” time and had the opportunity to relax knowing that every moment you give and gift as a caregiver is very much valued and appreciated greatly.
Our support groups offer meet up opportunities, are you keeping an eye out for the invites?
If you are noticing that you are unable to make it to your local groups, for one reason or another, have you considered starting up one of your own? It might be that other people in your area would like to join you in a new adventure of starting up a support group. You might find there are a few people who would prefer to meet evenings, or weekends. They may even want to meet as a specific interest group (like respite carers, FASD, Whanau etc), why not ask me how you can become a liaison and start up a new group in your area? You never know, someone else might be wanting to join you on the support group journey too!
The Term 2 training schedule will go live shortly, so keep an eye out for an email about this. For now, you can check out the schedule here.
Don’t forget you can contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text me on 027 501 0394. We also have a Private Facebook group you can join too!
Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)
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