Lower South News – November 2017

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

Kia ora everyone

It has been a busy time here at Fostering Kids NZ. We had our national conference at the end of September in Christchurch, which was a huge success with great feedback from those who attended. It was great to have 17 carers from Southland/Otago and 5 staff from NGO/MVCOT be with us. On behalf of the children and young people in your care a huge THANK YOU.

There was lots of trauma informed learning and fun to be had. The next one is in 2 years’ time in Auckland, however we will have a regional Conference Day next year so more of you can attend. Watch this space.

Gather up your family and children’s friends and have a fun time at the family pool parties and ten pin bowling evening in 2017. The tickets are out. Please contact your local association key person, your Social Worker or myself for tickets. You can attend which ever you choose, and all if you wish, just make sure you have a tickets as no ticket no entry.

Dunedin has their Family Fun Day at Moana Pool, 60 Littlebourne Road on Saturday 4 November.  Invercargill’s Family Fun Day will be held at Splash Palace, Southland Aquatic Centre, 56 Elles Road on Sunday 5 November and Queenstown’s Family Fun Day is at Strike Bowl Queenstown, 161 Arthurs Point Road on Monday 6 November. Entry to ten Pin bowling or swimming, food, drinks, games and entertainment are all free with your ticket. Don’t miss out, get your tickets organised today.

And lastly from me is about learning opportunities for carers. It is so important you fully understand your child and can make positive gains towards healing and feeling connected. Even if your child arrived at yours as a baby it is vital you understand that what happened between 0 and 48 months will have a huge impact on a child’s emotional, social and intellectual development. We are listening to you and are trying different options. Online learning and smaller 2 ½ hour sessions are being tried out and about in this region. Please check the training calendar to view dates, locations and to register. I look forward to seeing you at one of them. Please feel free to give feedback on the supports we offer.

Take care, stay safe and have fun with your children and young people.

Nga Mihi


Self-Harm & Suicidal Behaviours Workshop

We are pleased to advise the Self-Harm & Suicidal Behaviours workshop has been updated and is being held in Invercargill next term on Wednesday 15 November 2017, from 9.30am-2.30pm. This will also include a two hour follow up session two weeks later on 29 November, from 10am – 12pm, where we will discuss the learning and implementation of strategies and see how people are getting on.

There are limited places still available, so please register early to ensure you get a place. Registration is essential, please follow this link to register.

This five hour workshop is provided by specialists in suicide prevention from Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (CASA). By the end of this learning opportunity, caregivers will have a clearer understanding of how to identify and manage suicide risk in young people in their care.

It discusses the differences between self-harm and suicide and provides information about what you as a caregiver need to know about risk factors, protective factors and triggers for suicide, early warning signs of increased risk and what you can do (as a part of a team) to support a risk management plan. We will look at a range of tools for supporting the young person as well as focusing on communication with other important people involved in caring for this young person. This course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of caregivers of young people who have complex challenges including an increased risk of suicide and to provide resources that you can refer to in the future.

If you have any queries or would like assistance registering, please contact Christine on caregivertraining@nullfosteringkids.org.nz or call 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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