Lower South News – February 2018

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

“This is a great image to remember. Why? Because rupture and repair are at the heart of healthy relationships. Mistakes happen. Struggles happen. The key is our capacity to recognize our rupture, acknowledge it, share our concern about how this feels to those we love, and find a way to return to caring connection. What’s so surprising for many to learn is that it’s this very process that deepens trust. As Leonard Cohen said, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”  (Circle of Security International).

kintsukuroi – (n.) (v.phr.)”to repair with gold”; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.



Kia Ora and welcome to 2018. I hope you managed a lovely break and enjoyed spending time with the whanau/family in this glorious weather.

I love the photo of this bowl, how to save something others would think was broken, but making it more beautiful with gold!  I also love the rupture and repair concept for our relationships, returning to caring connection.

I am really excited to be part of organising a retreat for caregivers (along with four other organisations) to be held 3rd and 4th March 2018, for Southland Caregivers at the Omaui YMCA camp. On that note, I have an apology to make to the caregivers from outside of Southland as at this time we are only registering Southland caregivers as the funding is specific and retreat venue has limited space. We will hold a waiting list for those who have registered from outside of Southland though and be in contact with you. Again, please accept my apology for this.

To the Southland caregivers – this is an awesome opportunity to spend a weekend with the whole family, learning, networking and having fun. The topics we’ll look at are: caring for the carer, insights into therapeutic care, mindfulness and programmes for all age children including bush walks, beach activities, BBQ, fireworks and emotional regulation learning for the youth.

This is open to all types of caregivers, permanent, whanau and regular foster parents.

Saturday will be the day of learning and Sunday a day of family fun. Please register ASAP to save your space.  Contact your Caregiver Social Worker or myself for more information or a registration form.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Hei ano/bye for now

Association Information

All associations and support groups will be planning for the year ahead, so if you have any great ideas please contact your key people, or pass ideas onto me and I’ll make sure they reach the people concerned. Remember to reach out for support when you need it…and be there ready to support other Carers to help keep their placements strong.

North Otago Fostercare Support Group | Contact: Gillian Lynch | 03 434 0214 | gilbo@nullclear.net.nz
Central Otago Support Group Association | Contact: Gilly Darbey | 03 447 4077 | gillysing@nullxtra.co.nz
South Otago Foster Care Association | Contact: This position is vacant.  Please contact the Lower South Regional Coordinator for support | 03 566 0294 
Dunedin Foster Care Support Group | Contact: Barbara McElligott | 027 501 0391 | dunedinfcsg@nullgmail.com
Fiordlands Foster Care Support | Contact: Jane McHardy | 03 249 9511 | jemchardy@nullgmail.com
Gore Foster Parent Support Group | Contact: Marilynne Phillipson | 03 208 5420 | marilynne@nullxnet.co.nz
Southland Foster Care Association Inc | Contact: Rose Rhind | 03 206 4458 | jeffnroserhind@nullgmail.com

Southland Foster Care Association

The Southland Foster Care Association will be meeting 7 February at Family Works 10.30 am to plan the term/year-all are welcome to attend.


Training is such a wonderful opportunity to gain further knowledge, skills and strategies to help you in your role. Registrations are required, please register here.  Or if you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Christine on 0800 100 849.

Remember we have our support Facebook page. If you are a member of Fostering Kids NZ, just request to be a friend, if not join us as a member by clicking this link then ask to join our closed group.

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