Kia Ora Koutou to our Upper South Whanau,
It’s that time again when daylight savings has ended and its time to check smoke alarm batteries, heater filters and electric blankets before the cold months arrive.
Mother’s Day is on Sunday 12 May and what a good excuse for the opportunity of some self-care. Perhaps a ‘self-appreciation’ day alongside the thoughts and appreciation from those around you. Valuing yourself is a gift too. I think this little picture captures what parenting children in our care develops in you.
Thank you to the increasing number of caregivers who are attending Discussion Groups and Workshops. It is a huge responsibility as caregivers to take on the role of caring for other people’s children, whether it be through an agency or caregiving for whanau. The tamariki will be affected by trauma in one form or another and often with complex developmental trauma. I believe that it is unreasonable to expect caregivers to understand the effects of trauma on development without having some formal training and support around this.
Fortunately, you can register now for Term 2 workshops and discussion sessions – you can register here. Please don’t wait until you are facing issues that are difficult to cope with or understand, before engaging with these trainings. The added bonus is that you get to connect with other caregivers that know the journey that you find yourself on.
Please also join the Fostering Kids NZ Upper South Facebook page for local and national information.
Each and every one of you are amazing and it is a privilege to support you in my role.
Look out for the support groups below and if you are a Marlborough caregiver then take special note of the Support group starting in Blenheim at the end of this month.
Tiaki Koe i a Koe/Take Care of Yourself
Coffee Group: Wednesday 1 May, 10.00am. Impact Church, Halifax Street, Nelson.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Every 2nd Tuesday. Contact Paula Eggers on 021 0626 583 or 03 544 5714
Victory Grandparents Group: Victory community Centre, every second Wednesday. Contact Victory Community Centre on 03 5468389 or 021369819
Fetal Alcohol Support Group (FASD)
Kia ora and welcome to a new year of achievements and challenges,
Below are the dates for this year’s support and information gatherings:
Coffee mornings – Last Thursday of each month. 10.00am: May 30 (Motueka) & Jun 27 (1/3/ Koru Place, Stoke), Jul 25 (Motueka), Aug 29 (1/3/ Koru Place, Stoke), Sep 26 (Motueka), Oct 31 (1/3/ Koru Place, Stoke), Nov 28 (Motueka).
Information evenings (topics will be confirmed closer to the time) – 2nd Monday, bimonthly, 7.00pm: May 13, Jul 8, Sep 9, Nov 11.
Put these dates in your diaries. If you have any questions, please contact Claire on 0274 490 459. If you have any ideas for topics that you are interested in having covered at our Info evenings, please let me know.
Looking forward to catching up with some familiar faces and welcoming some new ones to our group.
Ka kite ano, Claire
Tuesday 28 May, 10:00am – 12.00pm. Riversdale Community House, 131 Budge Street, Blenheim
Contact Sharon 027 203 8491 or Chloe 027 301 1081
Coffee Group, Thursday 2 May, 10.00am, Reap House (Palmerston Street). Contact Bev 021 052 0172
The Term 2 training schedule is now live. You can check out the schedule here.
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