Upper North News – April 2019

Upper North RC
Leanne Brownie
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027 566 0294

Kia ora koutou / Be well Everyone

Children’s Day and Foster Care Awareness Week

March started with a shout out for the Tamariki  (Whangārei Children’s Day at the Pulse) and then a BBQ/Pizza night in Kaikohe in collaboration with the Oranga Tamariki Care and Protection team.  Kaikohe weather was perfect with only two helium balloons escaping the kids’ grasp.

The Regional Hui was on Wednesday 27 March at Barge Park, Whangārei ‘Making Connections: Helping Kids Heal’.   What a day we had. Thanks to the sponsors, Whangārei District Council and Z Station Porowini Whangārei for giving us the opportunity to celebrate and upskill in the foster care sector.  More on this next month.

LIFT programme

Beginning April 30 and three more Tuesdays thereafter, Rob Surtees from Caring Families Aotearoa (a division of Fostering Kids NZ) will be in Whangarei delivering the Foundations For Attachment training as part of the LIFT programme. 

The LIFT programme is a specialised programme for caregivers based on Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP). Caregivers will learn, at the Foundations for Attachment trainings, how to create a secure base for children with developmental trauma and attachment challenges. The three key modules are:

  • Understanding Challenges of Parenting Children in Care
  • Therapeutic Parenting – Healing the Hurt
  • Looking After Self (you can’t pour from an empty cup)

Caregivers will then receive ongoing support to help them integrate the learning into practice, through support groups and phone support.

Attendees must be committed to complete every training and follow up session to gain the full value of this intensive training.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Jennifer Hanson (0800 693 323) about it.

Feotal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

I attended another excellent workshop in Kaitaia as part of a pilot for a nationwide programme.  I’ll be sharing some of the material I learnt throughout the region over the next coming months.L


The Term 2 training schedule will go live shortly, so keep an eye out for emails about this. To check out the schedule, click here.

Tiaki koe i a koe/Take care of yourself

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


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