Lower North News – November 2018

Lower North RC
Iona Wilson
04 282 0437 or
027 501 0394

Tēna Koutou katoa (Greetings to everyone)

This time of the year certainly seems to speed up and get busy! The countdown to the summer break and Christmas is now on. For me, I am finding it very different getting warmer as we reach the months of November and December. I am so used to having to get out my wooly jumpers, hats and scarfs and picking new colours of yarn to crochet myself some warm mittens in time for Christmas. But I really do think I like this warm weather at this time of year instead of the cold, frosty and dark nights they are having back in the UK.

The highlight of our month was certainly the Regional Hui, held in Lower Hutt on the Wednesday 24 October, did you make it?

It certainly was lovely to meet so many new faces and catch up with some of you I have met before.

We heard some really interesting speakers and I don’t think I could choose my particular favorite bit of information. I do know it was really interesting to hear Rose Hawkins talk about her knowledge of FASD (for more info on FASD, click here) and the way that Anna Baker spoke of sensory processing related to trauma-affected children. I also found it interesting hearing about what is coming up on the horizon for care in New Zealand and the changes that are happening.

Family Fun Days

We have four pool parties in our area this year.

Saturday 10 November – Palmerston North/Levin

Sunday 11 November – Masterton

Saturday 15 December – Lower Hutt

Sunday 16 December – Porirua

If you would like to attend please email: supportadministrator@nullfosteringkids.org.nz with your date/location of the event; address details and a cell phone number including the number of tickets for your family.

Family Fun Days are local community events funded by local businesses. They are a great day out for children in foster care, joined by other deserving children and biological children of foster parents. Family Fun Days are an exciting fun time for families in a safe environment.

Watch out for next month’s snippets, I have some great fun crafty ideas to share for the long school holidays!

Support Groups

I had a great time joining the newest support group in our region last month. They are called the Horowhenua Foster Carer’s Support Group and meet in Levin at the Life Changers church on Cambridge Street.

We had a lovely time and everyone brought a plate to share for lunch, whilst having a good chat about what sort of things they would like to do as part of the group.

Some great ideas came out, including pamper sessions, discussion topic groups, inviting professionals (like nurses, social workers, play therapists etc) to come and talk. They also thought about times they could get together during the school holidays to have fun with the children too. The Foster Hope organisation kindly donated some backpacks full of age specific goodies and a lovely selection of pyjamas for the members to take home for their children.

So if you are in the area and would like to come along to their next meeting it will take place on Tuesday 6 November between 11:30am – 1.00pm at Life Changers Church, Cambridge Street, Levin. The theme will be friendship, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Don’t forget to bring some bits to share for lunch!

If you would like any more information please contact Nukumai on 0274535450

Training

There is still time to sign up for our term four trainings,

I will be in Lower Hutt, with Teena (North West Regional Coordinator), and we will be learning about Understanding & Supporting Behaviour on Monday 5 November.

I am excited about doing my first Saturday workshop, all about Teamwork on 10 November in Levin.

November 21 will see me in Palmerston North for an evening 2 hour discussion session, where we will be exploring all about Living or Working with Traumatised Children.

I will also be bringing the same discussion session to Dannevirke on Wednesday 5 December at lunchtime, so why not come and join us there for a light lunch and interesting discussion?

Please check our Training Calendar for all the details and to register here or contact Christine on  0800 100 849.   Look forward to meeting you there!

Catch up with you all soon,

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)

Iona

 

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