Kia ora everyone,
I do hope everyone had a good school break, and that you managed to make the most of some of the winter sunshine we have had between the rainfall and showers this past month. I know I keep finding myself singing all the raindrop songs I learnt as a little girl, but then recently there have been some beautiful rainbows too and they never fail to remind me that sunshine is never too far away. With so many things seeming to cloud the positives in our lives, it can take something as simple as a rainbow, a bright umbrella in a shower, or a child enjoying splashing in the puddles, to warm the insides and bring a smile to our faces.
I have been busy getting to grips with everything in the office, and I am hoping to be coming out to meet as many caregivers as possible over the next couple of months at group meetings. I know I am looking forward to meeting you all and being part of a team working together to support New Zealand’s caregivers in such an important role in children’s lives.
Wellington Family & Fostercare group have just hosted a dinner for about 20 members in their group, as a way of saying “Thank you” to them for being caregivers. What a wonderful idea and I am sure a good time was had by all. They also have a few dates booked in for meeting up over the next few months and I will be coming along to the next meeting. It is being held at the McCafe (McDonalds) on the High Street in Lower Hutt on Thursday 9 August at 10:30 am. Hope to see you there!
The Wairarapa Foster Care Group meet on the last Wednesday of the month. This month they are having a ‘Soup and Bun’ evening, more details will follow later in the month. I am looking forward to joining you for soup and a bun and meeting caregivers in the Wairarapa.
Don’t forget if you have a support group “something” happening in your area, please get in touch with me to let me know and I will see if I can come and join you.
Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)
Our Term 3 workshops are now open for registration. Please register to attend one of our workshops. Unfortunately, due to the teachers strike in a couple of weeks I have had to change the date of our Levin workshop to 22 August 2018. Please check out our training calendar for all the workshops in your area. You can register here or contact Christine 0800 100 849 for assistance. I am looking forward to meeting you there!
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