Upper North News – November 2018

Upper North RC
Leanne Brownie
09 282 9483 or
027 566 0294

Tēna Koutou katoa (Geetings to everyone)

September and October have been interesting months looking for office spaces in Whangārei central. It’s exciting as this will be a space for you all to pop in.  I’ll keep you posted.

Beautiful start to an amazing day starting in Shipwreck Bay then to Te Kao.

I’ve held two successful discussion sessions (2 hours) which are new for me.  Whangārei had the Keeping Memories (Life story books and boxes) that stressed the importance of recording a child’s time with you, to fill some of the gaps care experienced children may have in their recollections of their years in care. Your efforts are vital!

Kaiwaka had the Working or Living with Traumatised Children session.  Thanks to caregivers for sharing their stories of success but also being open to look at new ways to approach the difficult times.

I’m still in training so will be attending the trauma-informed Understanding and Support Behaviours (USB) workshop later this month and The Building Secure Attachments (BSA). I will be looking forward to sharing this with you.

Please mark your calendar for the annual Family Fun Days to be held Kawakawa Pools on Saturday 8 December and Whangarei Pools on Sunday 9 December.  I need volunteers to hand out tickets on the days, so please let me know before then if you can help. If you are wanting to attend with your family please email: supportadministrator@nullfosteringkids.org.nz with the location/date, your address details and cell phone number along with the number of tickets that you need.

Nga mihi/kind regards

Leanne Brownie

Support Groups

Support groups are made up of other Fostering Kids NZ members who meet regularly for a cup of tea and support. Do you know fellow caregivers who may have similar needs to you.  There only needs to be a minimum of three people in rural areas and five in urban areas in order to create a support group. There can be more than one support groups in your area and they could be Home for Life, Whanau/Kin, Neighbourhood, FASD groups etc. If you are interested in starting a support group in your area please call Fostering Kids NZ freephone 0800 693 323.


November training schedule includes a Sunday workshop, Child Development on 4 November in Whangārei, at a new venue, the ‘Hapu Hub’. The new USB workshop will also be held at the Hapu Hub on 14 November.  I will also be running Working or Living with Traumatised Children in Kaitaia on 7 November. Please register here. Looking forward to seeing you there.

We had to postpone the Foundations for Attachment intensive training programme but are hoping to have this on the 2019 calendar.


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