Warm Greetings to you all in the Fostering Kids NZ, Upper North Region.
It’s been a wet and wild February, not to mention wera (Hot!). I got caught in the flooding on 13 February when I was returning to Whangarei from my Kaitaia workshop. I’ve never seen this much flooding in my lifetime in the North, but I guess its business as usual for many of you. The interruptions to daily life can be immense! Luckily I was in my husband’s 4WD and not my little Honda and braved (only after watching others go first) the crossing through 6-8 inches of water covering roadways in four different places.
I had the pleasure of meeting four women dedicated to children in their care at my workshop, ‘Carer Families’. Thanks to these women who used the opportunity to share openly and honestly. You all have so much to offer, especially to those new to the caring experience. I’m so proud to be a part of Fostering Kids NZ who partner with Oranga Tamariki to create such a space for those of you who often have so few opportunities to gain this valuable first-hand knowledge and wisdom – Carer Whanau and Tamariki Mokopuna in Te Tai Tokerau rohe are stronger and more resilient for these workshops.
Please let me know your preference for support in your area. I’d like to start some small group discussions especially for those of you living in rural areas where travelling to and from workshops is near impossible, if not, impractical.
I’d love to have you all request to be my ‘Friend’ on our closed regional Facebook page, the membership is slowly creeping up so find me on the Upper North Fostering Kids facebook page. Getting some meaningful chats going that support and inform you as Caregivers, might just meet the needs of some who are less connected or more remote than others.
Children’s Day – 4 March 2018.
Come along and join in the fun on Sunday 4 March 2018 from 10.00am-1.00pm at the Pulse in Raumanga, an “Everything is Free Day” from buses picking up people around the city to food, water and lots of activities. Sounds like a heap of fun so don’t miss out. I’ll have some shade for caregivers to come take a load off their feet and have a chat, come say Kia ora!
Following on from Children’s Day is Fostercare Awareness week. Highlighting how important whanau/kin/foster/permanent caregivers are to Aotearoa.
Contact your agency as hopefully there are some appreciation events occurring throughout that week for caregivers.
We have two workshops coming up in March; Safety & Prevention in Kaikohe on 13 March, and in Whangarei on 14 March. I’d love to see you there. Please register here.
Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving. It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers.
Kia pai to koutou ra
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