Upper South News – September 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)

So how did we get to September already?? The good thing is that our Regional Hui, get together, symposium (whichever word you prefer) is now on our doorstep. I am looking forward to spending a day just being together with people who understand how rewarding, but how hard this caring journey is.

Please register if you haven’t already. Bring a family member or person who has a lot to do with your family – register them as well! It is so important that those close to our families, understand why our kids might do things differently or how much they need to be supported through both school and community. you can register here.


Thank you for participating in the training workshops this term. It is fabulous to be sharing new material and getting feedback saying that it just makes so much sense. We were taken by surprise with the numbers that registered for Understanding & Supporting Behaviour Development in Motueka on Tuesday 11 September, so I have scheduled an extra one in Nelson the following day! Here is the link to register and see what the new material is all about. Or you call call Christine on 0800 100 849. We will also be offering 2 hour follow up sessions to reinforce and integrate this new content into our caring.

Next term we have even more new stuff. The Self Harm & Suicidal Behaviours workshop, which are run by a clinical psychologist are being run in Nelson and Greymouth, with the dates still to be confirmed. This will be accompanied by with a follow up session a few weeks later.  See dates on our training website.

Spring is here and the daffodils are out. We have a few busy months ahead so take care and reach out if you need support or someone to walk the road with you.

Tiaki koe i a koe

(Take care of yourself)


Support Groups


Nelson Coffee Group

Impact Church Halifax Street 10.00am on Wednesday 5 September 2018

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

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Every 2nd Tuesday. At Sharon Norriss’ home.

Contact  Sharon 027 724 4913 or 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)

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 a month: 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.

Learning Opportunities through FASD;

7.00pm at 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”.

It would be great to see you at a coffee morning.  There will be food and special coffees available.

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:  14 September 2018, 10.30-11.30am at 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 at 61C Howick Road, Blenheim

Contact Sharon for the next date 027 203 8491


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