North West News – March 2019

Kia Ora koutou/Greetings everyone!

North West RC
Teena Bennett
06 281 1642 or
027 285 6015

On Sunday it is Children’s Day. There are lots of events around our region celebrating our tamariki (children). Jump on to the Children’s Day website here and check them out.

Following this is our very important week in the care sector: Foster Care Awareness Week. Hopefully, you might be able to attend an event. If not, I hope you continue to value the role you and your families have chosen or find yourselves in.

I looked up the definition of the word ‘care’. It included; “to look after, provide for the needs of, take care of, attend to, mind, minister to, take charge of, nurse, provide for, foster, protect, watch guard, be responsible for, keep safe, sit with.”

These are sacrificial tasks with a personal cost. Be proud of all you do and if that’s too hard because you’re in a tough place, then acknowledge – I’m doing my best, using what I know and doing what I can. Be encouraged in the very important role you do.

Support Groups

Whanganui Support Groups
I’d like to hear from any caregivers in the Whanganui or Taumarunui wider areas who are interested in starting a support group. As you may have read in previous Snippets there have been some changes in how support groups can be set up and function. Many new groups across New Zealand are setting up due to specific shared interests or type of care, for example Whanau/Kin, Permanent carers or those who wish to focus on building their knowledge base e.g. therapeutic knowledge.  Please contact me if you would like more information or to find out what groups are around.  Thanks to all our liaison people who are making these groups happen.

Urenui Support Group @Janine Vollebregt’s place.
Next meeting: Tuesday 5th 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.
My contact details are: 027 419 2898. LL 06) 752 3096.

KIN RAISING KIN has started again for this year with hopes to increase contact with those caring for children of their family members.  Please feel welcome to contact Diane: or 0211851097
Next Meetings: 12th and 26th March 9.30am to 11.30pm: 216 Devon St West, ‘Pukekura Room’ (Pathways meeting room, beside Plunket, limited free parking). 

Dates for Diary

Child-centred & Trauma-informed Practice, New Plymouth

Friday 22 March 2019, (9.00am to 4.00pm):
Copthorne Hotel, 42 Powderham Street, NEW PLYMOUTH.

Nicola Atwool, associate professor at Otago University, will talk about some of the challenges of social work and lead a workshop on child-centred and trauma-informed practice as two examples of current practice issues.

Morning session agenda (9.00am – 12.30pm):
Why are the two practices important? Changes in the NZ care and protection system
Dominant perspectives on care and protection
What is Child-Centred Practice and where did it come from?

Afternoon session agenda (1.00pm – 4.00pm):
What is trauma and trauma-informed practice?
The impact of trauma on brain development
Implications for social work – children, adults, and perpetrators

Refreshments and lunch provided. FEES:  $70 for SSPA members / $80 for non SSPA members.


Our training calendar is up on our website so treat yourself to a discussion session or workshop. You never know what you don’t know until you know it!  I see some of you have registered already and that’s awesome.

I look forward to seeing you through the course of the term and if you haven’t already, join the Foster Care North West Support Facebook page for what’s happening in our region.

Fostercare Northwest Support Closed Facebook Page

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