Upper South News – April 2018

Upper South RC
Denise Green
03 929 6578 or
027 369 3333

Kia Ora Whanau,

We have had a busy few weeks in the Upper South with Foster Care Awareness Week and workshops. I haven’t forgotten the Marlborough region but time schedules have meant that I haven’t yet been able to get there. It has been encouraging to see carergivers increasingly engaging in support groups and we now have a venue and dates for the Greymouth and Westport coffee groups!

It is with a warm heart that I see caregivers offering respite to other caregivers without the need to go through official channels. This is particularly helpful to Permanency carers, Grandparents and those that don’t have the support of an agency. It is often difficult and isolating when you don’t have the ability to attend things because of a lack of babysitters. The worry over hospital admissions and who can support you with respite is an added stress and by networking through workshops and support groups, often we meet other carers that are more than happy to lend a hand. Thank you for the care you offer others.

Kia kaha/ Keep strong



Coffee and Support Groups


Caregiver Support

Impact Church, Halifax Street


First Wednesday of the month

Contact: Denise Green, Regional Coordinator, Fostering Kids NZ. 027 3693 333 or uppersouthsupport@nullfosteringkids.org.nz


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Every Tuesday (txt Paula for next venue)

Contact: Paula Eggers, 021 062 6583/ 03 544 5714


Victory Grandparents Group

Victory Community Centre

Every second Monday

Contact: Victory Community Centre


Fetal Alcohol Support Group (FASD)

Monthly support group

Contact: Claire Gerrard for details. 027 4490 459 or fasdnelson@nullgmail.com



Caregiver Support Group

Kahurangi Room, Oranga Tamariki, Mackay Street


Tuesday 3 April 2018 (every 1st Tuesday of the month)

This is open to all Caregivers from all agencies including Grandparents and Whanau carers.



Caregiver Support Group

Reap House, Palmerston Street


This is open to all Caregivers from all agencies including Grandparents and Whanau carers.

Contact: Bev Bade. 021 520 172



There will be an evening coffee group in April. As soon as the details are confirmed we will let you know.


Association Update:

As with any voluntary organisation, there will be times of change when volunteer’s situations change for any given reason. There has been a number of people over the last year or so that circumstances have meant stepping down from the Key Contacts roles. I wish to sincerely thank all those that have given selflessly to our Associations. Your time has been appreciated and you have made sure that there has been support events and coffee groups happening across the region. I want to make special mention of:

  • Caroline Smith (Nelson)
  • Rachel Cawkill  (Nelson)
  • Aimee North (Blenheim)
  • Sharon Hunt (who is still holding the fort in Blenheim until there is a caregiver to hand the reins onto.)

It has been such a pleasure dealing with you all and I know that we will continue to see you in our get togethers.



The term two training schedule will be open for registration early April.  You will receive an email link to the new calendar, once it has been released.  Upskilling is such an important part of caregiving.  It will give you tools and strategies as well as connect you with other caregivers.


Facebook pages:

When joining your local Facebook group, please also join the Fostering Kids Upper South Support group so that you get the regional news as well.


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