Upper South News – August 2018

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

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa (Warm greetings to you all)

I look out of my office today at the snow-capped hills around Nelson city. It seems that we are about to get the full blast of winter over the next few weeks.

I have delivered the first Importance of Play workshop in our region this term.  The P(Playfulness) A(Acceptance) C(Curiosity) E(Empathy) approach makes a lot of sense in this workshop but is also threaded through the other three rewritten modules. It was so much fun learning about different play personalities, the theory behind the brain development that occurs, and the play resources that we got to fiddle and fidget with. I look forward to doing this again and would recommend it to those that missed this last one.

A reminder that we have three rewritten modules and the next in Nelson is in early August called Building Secure Attachments. Please note the dates have changed from advertised. It will now be held over two evenings on 7 & 16 August. Please check out our training calendar for details of all the workshops in your area. You can register here or contact Christine 0800 100 849 for assistance. I’d love to see you there.

Please also register for our much anticipated Hui on 26 September from 9am to 3pm at Impact Church, Nelson.  It is free for Fostering Kids NZ members who are caregivers and only $20 for Professionals and non members. We are excited to have Associate Prof Nicola Atwool presenting and staying with us for the day.  We also have Kay MacDonald and Jo Richmond from Oranga Tamariki, Stephanie James-Sadler giving practical tips to work with your school and an update on FASD in the region.  We have some very high quality presenters, goody bags as well as morning tea and lunch provided. It will be a special time to network with other Caregivers, Whanau carers and Grandparents. For more information and to register click here – https://fkconference.org.nz/event/9/upper-south-regional-hui/home.

Tiaki koe i a koe

(Take care of yourself)


Support Groups


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Every 2nd Tuesday (next 7 August), at Sharon Norriss home.

Contact Sharon 0277244913 or Paula Eggers 0210626583/ 035445714

Victory Grandparents Group

Victory Community Centre, every second Monday

Contact Victory Community Centre 03 546 8389

Fetal Alcohol Support Group (FASD)

Monthly support group Coffee mornings 10.00am, 3/1 Koru Place, Stoke. Behind Placemakers. Please park on the street.

Last Thursday of each month: 30 Aug 2018, 27 Sept 2018, 25 Oct 2018, 29 Nov 2018

Coffee mornings are for your self-care and an opportunity to share with other people who understand the madness.

Training events 7.00pm, 3/1 Koru Place, Stoke.

Bi Monthly 1st Monday of the month – 3 Sept 2018 & 5 Nov 2018

These events are to help us up-skill our understanding of FASD and provide an opportunity to bring in some professionals who you could use as part of your “team”. Please be mindful that these events are for parents, caregivers and respite caregivers. Other people often don’t understand what we live with on a daily basis.

Jeff Noble puts it this way. “Professionals may see a child/young person for a certain amount of time in a day but they don’t have them 24/7. Professionals get to go home at the end of hard day – caregivers don’t.”

Did you know? – In Nelson we have a professional FASD steering committee who are working to help make changes for our children and young people in the “system”. If you know of teachers or other professionals who are interested in learning more, we can put them in touch with the steering committee to arrange specific events for them.

Would be great to see you next week at the coffee morning. There will be food and special coffees available.

Ka kite


Contact Claire Gerrard for details: 027 449 0459 | Email fasdnelson@nullgmail.com


Caregiver Support Group / Get Together

This is to invite caregivers to a monthly support group. It is for anyone who is caring for children that are not living with their biological parents. This includes grandparents and whanau/family caregivers.

Next meeting: 10 August 2018, 10.30am

Venue: Buller REAP, 111 Palmerston Street, Westport

Tea and Coffee will be provided. For more information please contact: Bev Bade 021 052 0172 or Karin Nilsson: Toll free 0508 326 459 or (03) 9060 820 or Email: Karin.nilsson@nullot.govt.nz

BLENHEIM Coffee Group

9:30am  – 11:30am, 61C Howick Road, Blenheim

Contact Sharon for the next date: 027 2038 491

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