Kia ora Katoa/ Geetings all
One of the amazing things that happens when we lose someone precious, is that the stories of their life are gathered together and shared with the community around them and we are able to hear and appreciate the bigger picture of their life.
It was very moving listening to family and friends speak about the life of local caregiver Heather Pryor. Heather was a key contact for Fostering Kids NZ in Taranaki and although she wasn’t that visible in the role due to the incredibly busy life she lived, she inspired me every time we talked. She had a genuine passion for foster care, the rights of caregivers and her desire to see her children in care flourish. Heather was real about the challenges she experienced but drew on her values, knowledge gained through experience and wonderful support from Alan her husband to overcome those challenges.
I hope every caregiver can appreciate how significant all the challenges they overcome and loving care they sow into the lives of their children in care accumulates to be.
“We don’t live forever, but our legacy does”
Nga mihi/ Kind regards
New Plymouth Association:
Greetings all, gosh it’s hard to believe how rapidly this year is passing. I am currently busy out on placement which is a requirement of the social work degree I am working towards. Throughout my placement I have been consistently reminded of the importance of a sense of belonging to a community. This got me reflecting on the experience we uniquely share as caregivers and how important it is to have support in the challenges that this role brings. Someone to help celebrate in the times of great joy this journey also brings. From my experience no two stories are ever the same, it’s the unique way we have all come into fostering that bonds us as a collective.
I really want to encourage you to reach out to those caregivers you know and to get in touch with either myself or Teena if you would like to get together with others whom you may not know in a relaxed social setting.
The best way to reach me is via my email firstname.lastname@example.org or via text on 027 390 3738
NEW SUPPORT GROUP
Janine is a local Caregiver who moved to Taranaki last year. Janine really values getting togethers with other caregivers and has opened up her home for get together this year.
Time and Dates: 10.00am on the first Tuesday of every second month; 3 July, 4 September and 6 Nov.
Address: 153 Waitoetoe Road, RD 44, Urenui.
We are 5 minutes North of Urenui. Our road is just past Mike’s Brewery and Cafe. We are the last house on the left at the sea end of the road. Morning tea, coffee and tea provided.
I have suggested we do a clothing swap too. Kids mainly but we can do woman’s clothing too if there is interest.
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 caregivers from this area.
My contact details are: 027 419 2898. LL (06) 752 3096.
Fostering Kids NZ next Whanau Kin support group is on Wednesday 9 May, 1.00pm at Westside Grille, Westown. Text or phone Teena 0272856015 with any queries
Registrations for term two are now open and are filling fast! Please check our Training Calendar and be sure to register for the workshops offered. You can book online here or call Christine 0800 100 849 if you have any queries.
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