Upper South News – October 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 would like to start by thanking all of you who in some way participated in our Regional Hui, I trust that you went away with some valuable learning that you can apply to caring for the tamariki placed in your care. I also hope that you get to enjoy the L’Oréal gift packages that were so generously given by our partnership with L’Oréal .

We have had some well attended workshops this term with Building Secure Attachments and Understanding and Supporting Behaviour. These have given us some useful trauma informed information that supports us in the ability to be Therapeutic Caregivers.

Our contract with Oranga Tamariki now involves us doing “Follow Up sessions” with the attendees to look at how these learnings can translate within our homes; what was difficult and what needs support or clarification. This is an area that will give us the opportunity to reinforce and build on what was learnt in the full day workshops.  The follow up sessions can be done at a convenient time and are around two hours. The feedback from the workshops has been encouraging and I look forward to seeing more people participate next term, and in the follow up sessions.

Our AGM is Wednesday 24 October and I invite you all to afternoon tea at my office at 1.00pm if you would like to join us. Please rsvp here or by txt 027369333 or call me on 03 9296578

Noho ora mai


Support Groups


Nelson Coffee Group

Impact Church Halifax Street 10.00am on Wednesday 3 October 2018

Contact Denise Green, Regional Coordinator, Fostering Kids NZ 027 369 3333 or email uppersouthsupport@nullfosteringkids.org.nz

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Every 2nd Tuesday. Contact Paula Eggers 021 062 6583/ (03) 544 5714

Victory Grandparents Group

Victory community centre every second Wednesday. Contact Victory Community Centre (03) 546 8389 or 021369819

Fetal Alcohol Support Group (FASD)

This monthly support group holds coffee mornings at 10.00am at 3/1 Koru Place, Stoke, behind Placemakers.  Please park on the street.

Last Thursday in the month: 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.

Learning Opportunities through FASD;

7.00pm at 3/1 Koru Place, Stoke.

Bi Monthly, 1st Monday of the month. Next date is 5 Nov 2018

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.

Ka kite, Claire  – 027 449 0459 or email fasdnelson@nullgmail.com

Westport Support Group

This support group meets monthly and 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:  09 November 2018, 10.30-11.30am at Buller REAP, 111 Palmerston Street, Westport (pleasde note that there is no October meeting due to school holidays)

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 at 61C Howick Road, Blenheim

Contact Sharon for the next date 027 203 8491


Term 4 workshop calendar is now open for registration. We will also be offering weekend workshop options, as well as some evening 2 hour discussions sessions. Please check our Training Calendar link and be sure to register for the workshops offered or you can contact Christine on 0800 100 849. Look forward to meeting you there!


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