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Annual General Meeting 2020

Annual General Meeting 2020

2020 Annual Report DownloadOn Friday 16 October, we held our 2020 Annual General Meeting in Lower Hutt. This year we also made the AGM available virtually and had members join us from all around Aotearoa. The AGM was opened by Hera Clarke (Poutaki Māori), followed by...

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Social Workers Registration

Social Workers Registration

New Requirements for Social WorkersAmendments were made to the Social Workers Registration Act (passed by Parliament in early 2019). This Act will make it mandatory for anyone calling themselves a Social Worker, and practising in New Zealand, to be registered with the...

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We are Learning Together

We are Learning Together

We are Learning TogetherIn October we presented our first Ako Ngātahi-Learning Together online discussion series. The first part of the series was on 'Shield Against Shame' which explored the behaviours traumatised tamariki develop to keep themselves safe. Both an...

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Keen on making the most of the summer holidays?

Keen on making the most of the summer holidays?

Keen on making the most of the summer holidays?  Caring Families Aotearoa and Ezibed.com have teamed up to bring you exclusive accommodation deals, for a limited time only! Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to get out and explore our beautiful backyard,...

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How is COVID-19 making you feel?

How is COVID-19 making you feel?

How is COVID-19 making you feel?We have all been affected by COVID-19... It has caused a range of feelings for both adults and children. As a Caregiver, you will have added pressure as you are looking after children who already have high needs and this is further...

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Sims Pacific Metals

Sims Pacific Metals

Is it time to have a big clear out?As the days get longer, the mornings become crisp and the temperature begins to warm up, we know that spring is on its way. Freshly cut grass, daffodils and baby animals all around. What a glorious time of the year.Instead of taking...

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Masks for Care Families

Masks for Care Families

Masks for Care FamiliesCraft Cafe Creative Being co-founders, Susan Allison and Susie Jones have been working with children from St Francis de Sales School in Island Bay, Wellington, to make masks for our members. A group of children gave up their lunchtimes to cut...

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The light at the end of a dark tunnel

The light at the end of a dark tunnel

The light at the end of a dark tunnelA few weeks ago, Lillian wrote to Caring Families Aotearoa to say how grateful she is for our support of her family. This is Lillian's story that she wanted to share with you, so you know how much our support is making a difference...

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Thank You Sprig and Fern Petone

Thank You Sprig and Fern Petone

Thank you Sprig and Fern PetoneOne of the reasons we’re able to continue offering our support services to you, our wonderful caregivers, is because of everyday people in the community. People like the patrons and staff at the Sprig and Fern Tavern in Petone. The...

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Respite Care

Respite Care

Respite CareRespite is an opportunity for care families to recharge their batteries and to look after themselves – ‘it is easier to run on a full tank of gas than an empty one’. Respite can be a much needed service for caregiving families. It allows caregivers and...

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Training and Learning Opportunities

Training and Learning Opportunities

Training UpdateOur training is designed to enable and equip you with the knowledge you need to help your tamariki (children) thrive. Through our partnership with the Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki, we deliver the National Caregiver Training Programme (NCTP)...

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How to battle NITs

How to battle NITs

How to battle NITs - Advice from the NitLady Head lice can be an extremely frustrating, seemingly endless nightmare but with the right knowledge and products you can eradicate them and prevent re-infestation long term!   Here is what I have learned... Head lice are...

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Chairman’s Message

Chairman’s Message

Chairman's MessageKia ora tatou, Firstly a big thank you to caregivers in these challenging times. I first became interested in the issues facing caregivers when assisting Linda (CEO) on the submission to Government on "Improving Outcomes for Children in Foster Care"...

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Winter Energy Payment

Winter Energy Payment

Winter Energy PaymentThe Winter Energy Payment is an extra payment to those who receive a main benefit, New Zealand Super or Veteran Pension to help with the cost of heating their home over the winter months.     If you are a single person receiving a main benefit,...

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Thank you MediaFund

Thank you MediaFund

Thank you Media Works MediaFundHave you heard our advert on the radio or seen our digital advert?  Thanks to the amazing support from Media Works and generosity from the MediaFund we have been promoting ourselves on The Breeze and Magic, we have digital adverts on...

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Funding Increase for Caregivers

Funding Increase for Caregivers

Funding Increase for CaregiversOn Sunday 17 May, Minister Tracey Martin announced four changes to caregiver support as a result of the review of financial assistance for caregivers. This announcement will help 14,000 caregivers in Aotearoa.  The four changes are as...

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Thank You Caregivers of Aotearoa

Thank You Caregivers of Aotearoa

Thank You Caregivers of AotearoaThank you caregivers of Aotearoa for all your effort and compassion during these difficult times. Know that Caring Families Aotearoa are always here to support you.If you need support during this time, please call us on 0800 693 323....

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9 Years of Outstanding Service

9 Years of Outstanding Service

9 Years of Outstanding ServiceColin Hardgrave is absolutely committed to the care sector and has been a valued member of our Board for the past nine years. Colin has spent eight of these years as the Board Chairman. He has seen us through significant growth, many...

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Mothers Day 2020

Mothers Day 2020

Mother's Day 2020Mother’s Day is just around the corner on the 10th May! Have you got your mum or mother figure something special for Mother’s Day yet? Don’t panic, we are here to help. Whether you're a Mother/Whaea or Father/Matua planning something special, or you...

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Caregiver Allowances – 2020 Update

Caregiver Allowances – 2020 Update

Caregiver AllowancesOn the 1st of April 2020 Caregiver allowances, including the Orphans Benefit and the Unsupported Childs Benefit have been increased.  Care allowances are paid fortnightly and cover board, personal items and pocket money.  Below you can find the new...

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