Upper South News – July 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)


Last month I delivered one of the new revamped workshops, Understanding and Supporting Behaviour, in Blenheim.  There was an encouraging number of participants and good feedback to the inclusion of what it means to be a therapeutic (safe & secure) caregiver. Thank you to those who have committed to attend workshops for Term 2, the numbers are very encouraging and hopefully you are all benefiting from the new material available.

We are well into planning the Upper South Regional Hui for September so please bookmark the 26 September in your diary to attend the day. Registrations will be open soon and is free for caregivers and whanau/kin carers. The theme is  “Teamwork – Healing the child through connections – within homes and communities so tamariki can flourish.” More details to follow.

Tiaki Koe i a Koe

(Take Care of Yourself)



Our Term 3 workshops are now open for registrations. I will be running the new Building Secure Attachments workshop in Nelson. Check out our training calendar for the workshops in your area. You can register here. or contact Christine 0800 100 849 for assistance.   Look forward to meeting you there!

Support Groups

Nelson Groups: Impact Church, Halifax Street, 10.00am,

First Wednesday of the month, Wednesday 4 July 2018, Wednesday 15 August 2018 (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE).

Contact: Denise Green, Regional Coordinator, Fostering Kids NZ

Phone: 027 369 3333 or Email 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, 03 546 8389


Fetal Alcohol Support Group (FASD)

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

Last Thursday in a month: 26 July 2018, 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 at 3/1 Koru Place, Stoke.

Bi Monthly. First Monday of the month: 2 July 2018, 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

Phone 027 449 0459 or Email fasdnelson@nullgmail.com


Westport Caregiver Support Group/Get Together

Monthly support group

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

10 August 2018 (Note no July meeting due to school holidays),  10.30am – 11.30am

Buller REAP, 111 Palmerston Street

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

Thursday 5 July 2018, 9.30am – 11.30am, 61C Howick Road, Blenheim

For further details contact Sharon, 027 203 8491


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