Kia ora Koutou
He Mihi Mahana mo te Tau Hou – A warm greeting for the New Year
I hope this first newsletter of 2019 finds you and your families well and you are all enjoying the natural resources our wonderful region provides. My husband and I had the privilege of spending 2 weeks in the South Island over Christmas and New Year, re-acquainting ourselves with its beauty, discovering new places and catching up with family. I hope you have sought out a little time to recharge your batteries too as we jump into 2019.
Michael Lee Stallard talks about the importance of having connection with each other as “a bond based on identity, empathy and understanding that moves individuals toward group centered membership. People who work in a connection culture feel a bond to one another and to their collective ‘work’”.
One of my aims for 2019 is to see what ways I can help build a connection for you, whether that is face to face or through a social media platform i.e Facebook. Facebook is an easy medium for you to connect with other caregivers in the region; to contribute, share ideas and knowledge with each other and be aware of mutually interesting events.
There is a closed facebook page only for caregivers who are members of Fostering Kids NZ and live in our region. This is where I put reminders of upcoming events, training, current events and share stories. To join this group please send a friend request to the page – click here.
It would be fantastic to have more caregivers accessing this page. We have a growing base of members on our closed group page but would love to see or encourage Whanganui members to join.
I will be contacting many of you to ask what connection could look like for you and your situation.
We had a fantastic day on Saturday 13 January. Jim and Janine Vollebregt hosted a holiday family event for caregivers, planned by the Regional Committee late last year. It was mix of regular attendees and new faces. We enjoyed a beautiful sunny hot day but were able to hop over the fence and enjoy a swim at Waitoetoe beach or as others did, just stay put in the lovely shade. CJ the Clown provided bouncy castles on the lawns and it was an enjoyable day had by all. On behalf of the attendees, our heartfelt appreciation to Jim and Janine for your kindness and hospitality in welcoming a big group of caregivers and busy children into your home!
Training kicks off in Taumarunui and Whanganui on the 12 and 13 February. South Taranaki caregivers have another opportunity to attend the postponed Building Secure Attachments on Saturday 23 February. At the latter end of the term, North Taranaki caregivers can attend a Discussion session on Attachment the evening of Tuesday 9 April. Evening and weekend options are being offered to accommodate people who work during the day. Please see all the details on the Term 1 2019 Training schedule here.
I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new caregivers. Why not come along and give it a try?
Dates for Diary
Urenui Support Group @Janine Vollebregt’s home,
Next meetings: Tuesday 5 March (there after the first Tuesday every 2nd month)
Caregivers can bring lunch for themselves & little ones if you don’t need to rush away. The aim is to connect and support each other. I look forward to meeting new caregivers.
Janine’s contact details are: 027 419 2898. LL 06) 752 3096.
Please keep an eye out for a Fostering Kids NZ email in February titled ‘Foster Care Awareness Week’. There will be an event during this week which starts with Children’s Day on Sunday 3 March.
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