Lower South News – July 2017

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

Kia ora everyone

I cannot believe it is already July.  I hope you are keeping warm and dry, and if you are a farmer, planning a good break to recharge the batteries, spend some down time together, before the calves and lambs arrive to start the rural cycle again.

There was a post on our support Facebook page about anxieties, and I have added it in here just in case you missed it. It is always good to check in with our partners and young ones about their anxieties, fears and phobias.

There are lots of things happening around the world at the moment, such as the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower in London’s Kensington, which may make your child feel increasingly worried or anxious. It’s only natural for people to feel anxious from time to time, but children and young people can find it especially difficult to express their feelings and open up to others. There are many ways to reduce anxiety and the first step is to talk about it.

Some other tips to help a child or young person manage their anxiety:

  • Listen carefully to their fears and worries.
  • Offer reassurance and comfort.
  • Help them find meaningful advice and support.

Remember to always connect with your child before you correct them, and be curious about what might be happening for them. Have lots of empathy, have fun, be playful and create a healing home.

Here are some books that were recommended at the symposium I held in Balclutha recently.



  • Do you want to find out more about the effect of trauma on the brain, so you can support and understand a child placed in your care?
  • Do you know about the inside/outside age of your child and what this means to their development across the four areas of wellbeing (Te Whare Tapu Wha)
  • How redeveloping trust can assist you as a caregiver?

To find out these and more come along to a training near you. Here is the Link to our training calendar.

Associations/Network/Support Groups

Southland Foster Care Association AGM the 26th July 17 at Family Works in Invercargill

Central Otago support Group– 27th August 2017, 11am at Oliver’s Café in Clyde for a catch up and coffee

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.


I am extremely excited to be offering an online training to the Dunedin caregivers next term and a discussion session to the Invercargill caregivers. Please make the most of these opportunities.

Nationally a few of the workshops were adapted to an ‘on-line’ format, which allows caregivers (once they have registered) to be sent a link well before the training date. This allows the readings and written exercises to be completed on line. The training is then delivered in a 2 ½ hour timeslot where the on-line learning is assessed and some group activities are worked through to support the on-line learning.

My hope is this may make training more accessible for caregivers, especially those who work during the day to attend this format.

Noho ora mai

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