Kia ora everyone,
WOW… another month has passed. I love seeing the green appearing on the trees, and the flowers are making an appearance almost everywhere I look. I am looking forward to getting out in the garden, building my first ever polytunnel and getting stuck in, planting my new vegetable patch over the next few weekends.
Are you coming to our Hui, here in Lower Hutt this month? The big day is Wednesday 24 October. I am looking forward to it, especially learning about the shared understandings of children affected by trauma. You will also be able to hear about what is coming up on the horizon of care in NZ too. Registrations are now open. Don’t forget it is free for Fostering Kids NZ caregiver members, and if you live in Greater Wellington, Manawatu or Wairarapa, you can organise a carpool and we may be able to help out with a contribution towards fuel to get to the day. You can register here.
Have you been thinking about joining a support group in your area?
Over the next couple of months I will profile a support group in our region:
If you live in the Dannevirke area there is a group that calls themselves the Tararua Fostering Kids Support Group. Rae (the group liaison) told me that they “are only a small group” that has been going for about four years now. They are still quite informal as “when we do have a meeting we make it during the day time when children are at school”. Would you like to join them for coffee sometime? They would also like to be able to give evening get togethers a go again, so if you are working or perhaps find it easier to meet up later in the day then why not find out how you could join in and make it happen.
Rae also told me that the support group is not just about meeting for coffee and a chat, but that they are currently trying to organise a super Christmas party for caregivers and their children.
So in Rae’s words … if you live anywhere “from Eketahuna, Pahiatua, Woodville, Dannevirke through to Norsewood.” Calling all Caregivers and/or Whanau looking after Whanau and Grandparents looking after grandchildren, if you would like to meet with more people for support and companionship then please do contact Rae to find out more: 027 549 1514 or via her email: email@example.com
We also have other support groups in the Lower North area that meet on a regular basis.
If you are interested in joining one or would like to set up one of your own then please visit our website’s support group page here to find out more.
The last month has been a busy one for me. I have managed to meet even more of our members through visiting support groups, attending amazing morning teas, supporting members individually and also by facilitating some more training sessions across the region. I would encourage you to have a look at Term 4’s training schedule, which is now open for registration – you can register here. You will see we have a couple of discussion sessions timetabled in too! These are great, short, two hour ‘bite-size’ sessions where valuable experience and knowledge is shared on a pre-chosen subject. They are great for those who would like to explore the subjects further with others.
Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)
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