Lower South News – June 2018

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


Kia Ora All

Gosh already June, the time does go so fast…

It is with great sadness and sorrow that I share that the Roxburgh Stand Children’s Village – (formally the Roxburgh children’s health Camp) is closing in July 2018. I have a personal connection to this place and know lots of you do too. I know our Grandparents who use the Kidzacool camp for respite will miss it. However, the Stand service is still operating as a support to families, just without the residential part. The camp opened in 1941, and has served approx. 30,000 children since then, and employ 40+ staff.

Recently I saw this article by Hilary Jacobs Hendel on ‘Nuggets of Emotional Wisdom’ for Mothers of Children with Trauma. It’s about mother’s day but I thought a good reminder for any day. Here are four of the nuggets…

  • Know that all your emotions are normal. Love, guilt, shame, hate, fear, regret, disgust, joy, and more are all part of human experience
  • Acknowledge and value what may be very complicated feelings about motherhood
  • Learn techniques to calm the mind and body
  • Don’t judge your emotions or evaluate whether you should have them

For the full article, click here.

Kia Kaha, kia manawa nui / take care, stay strong




I am very much looking forward to bringing you the updated Child Development, Understanding and Supporting Behaviour Development and Building Secure Attachments workshops over the next few terms.  They have been rewritten with a new focus towards therapeutic care and what that means for parenting our children differently to build better connections and life outcomes.  I would like to encourage you all to consider registering and attending these workshops.  Please feel free to make it more fun by bringing along someone who works closely or supports your family and give them the added benefit of understanding how trauma affects our children in care.

We are running Building Secure Attachments in Invercargill on 5 June and Dunedin on 19 June. Spaces are still available. Registration is required to assist us with numbers, please register online using this link or book with Christine 0800 100 849.   Look forward to meeting you there!

All training start at 9am.  Please arrive 10 minutes early to ensure we are able to start promptly.  This is to ensure the validity of the programme, that you are able to get the most out of the programme and that you do not interrupt the training.   We also request that unless really urgent you stay until the end, 3pm.


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