Lower South News – April 2019

Kia Ora everyone!

Lower South RC
Barbara McElligott
03 928 5122 or
027 501 0391

I would like to start by saying thank you to all that were able to make it to the morning teas held in the region over Foster Care Awareness Week. We can never put into words how amazing you all are and acknowledge that this is not always an easy road that we travel.

For those that haven’t caught up with the news, our region will now be divided into two.  Otago (East) and Lower South.  Rob Thomson started in March as the Otago Regional Coordinator.  Rob is based in Dunedin and his region goes from Oamaru down to Balcutha.  I’ll still be supporting the Alexandra, Te Anau, Gore and Invercargill areas.  These boundary changes will mean more support hours for the entire lower south region – which is great news.

I also want to bring to your attention that our Regional Hui (symposium) is this Wednesday in Dunedin. You can still register here.  The day will offer further understanding about how our children’s learning is impacted when children have experienced childhood trauma.  There will be a trauma trained psychologist, a trauma sensitive school principal, a member of the reThink team discussing sensory issues in children and a panel to explain, offer strategies and create further discussion.

We now have a new support group in Gore. There will be more info in the next snippets with dates for connecting. Otherwise you can contact Leanne on 027 223 2962.

Lastly, 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.


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.

Kia kaha, Kia manawanui, Kia tūpato/Be strong, be courageous, be safe!

Barbara McElligott

Lower South Fostercare Support Group


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