Lower South News – May 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

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

By the time you get to read this, Easter will have been and gone and Term 2 will be starting. You will be back to getting our tamariki (children) into school routines.  Busy, Busy!  As well as putting all their events and commitments into our diaries, remember to make time for some Self-Care for you too!  It will be as beneficial to them as it is to you.

I am here for support, advocacy and a listening ear. You can Email me on lowersouthsupport@nullfosteringkids.org.nz or ph/txt 027 5010391.

Earlier in April the Prime Minister announced free driving lessons and tests for young people on benefits or in care. Young people on benefits or in care will be able to obtain free driving lessons and tests under a new $5m plan unveiled by the Prime Minister. The scheme will begin on June 1 and will be financed by the NZTA Community Road Safety Fund, with $250,000 from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). Follow this link to read the full article if you missed it.

Also, early in April, we held our Lower South Hui to explore and discuss how developmental trauma affects children’s learning experience. We heard about the Impact of ACES (adverse childhood experiences), about the importance of Dyadic Relationships and of Attachments. It was explained how important the attitude of PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) in education is. The importance of self-care and sensory processing was also discussed.

Here is some links to some youtube clips to watch. I’ve also included a link to a resource that was mentioned on the day.

April School Holidays is a very important time for our youth in care. The Face Your Future event is held in Auckland during this time. We had 5 young people attend from Otago & Southland this year. I so hope you all really enjoyed yourselves. Remember, if you have a 16-18 year old who you think would benefit from this event please contact our Events Manager or myself.

Support Groups

A huge thanks to the caregivers who are going over and above to make these groups happen. We currently have a group meeting in:

  • Alexandra – Thanks Gilly
  • Gore – Thanks Leanne
  • Woodlands – Thanks Barbara
  • Invercargill – Thanks Rose
  • TeAnau – Thanks Jane


The Term 2 training schedule is now live. You can check out the schedule and registerhere.

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

Barbara McElligott

Fostering Kids NZ Lower South Support Closed Facebook Group


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