Upper South News – June 2018

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

Welcome to the Upper South news for June! 6 months into the year already and things don’t seem to be slowing down.

We were lucky to have VOYCE – Whakaronga Mai come to Nelson in the school holidays and offer our Caregiving families a fabulous day at ProKarts. It was a huge amount of fun and I think we were thoroughly spoilt by the activities that they offered to both children and adults. To top it off the lunch was superb. Many thanks to VOYCE and their lovely team for offering this event to us.





Numbers for our workshops have been very low in recent times and I would like to encourage you all to consider registering and attending the next few. We have a brand new workshop –  The Importance of Play.  This workshop looks at how play is particularly relevant to the children we have in care. Our other core workshops have also been rewritten and are focused towards therapeutic care and what that means in how we parent the children we care for, so their life outcomes are more positive. Please keep these workshops alive in our area by attending two or more per year.  Make it more fun by bringing along someone who works closely or supports your family and give them the added benefit of how trauma affects our children in care.

Look out for the new ones over the next couple of terms:

  • Child development (updated)
  • Understanding and Supporting Behaviour (rewritten)
  • Building a Secure Attachment (rewritten)

Please contact me if you would like some support.

Nga mihi



Support/Network Groups


Caregiver Support

Impact Church, Halifax Street

First Wednesday of the month

10.00am, Wednesday 6 June 2018 & Wednesday 4 July 2018

Contact: Denise Green, Regional Coordinator, Fostering Kids New Zealand

0273693333 or Email uppersouthsupport@nullfosteringkids.org.nz


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Every Tuesday (txt Paula for next venue)

Contact: Paula Eggers

0210626583/ 035445714


Victory Grandparents Group

Victory community centre

Every second Monday

Contact: Victory Community Centre


Fetal Alcohol Support Group (FASD)

Monthly support group

1 Koru Place, Stoke

10.00am, 28 June 2018

Contact: Claire Gerrard for details

0274490459 or Email fasdnelson@nullgmail.com



Caregiver Support Group

Kahurangi Room, Oranga Tamariki, Mackay Street

9.30 am, Tuesday 5 June 2018 (every 1st Tuesday of the month)

Tea and Coffee provided



Caregiver Support Group / Get Together

This is to invite caregivers to a 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.

Monthly Support Group

Buller REAP, 111 Palmerston Street, Westport

10.30-11.30am, 8 June 2018

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


The newly written Understanding & Supporting Behaviour workshop is coming up in Blenheim on 13 June and Motueka on 26 June. The Importance of Play is being held in Nelson over two evenings on 20 & 27 June. Spaces are still available. Registration is required to assist us with numbers, please register online using this link or book with Christine 0800 100 849.   Look forward to meeting you there!

All training start at 9am.  Please arrive 10 minutes early to ensure we are able to start promptly.  This is to ensure the validity of the programme, that you are able to get the most out of the programme and that you do not interrupt the training.   We also request that unless really urgent you stay until the end, 3pm.

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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