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Kia ora koutou,

‘Ha waka eke noa – We are all in this together’ is a proverb that we all became familiar with during lockdown. It speaks to this idea of being connected, an awareness of our commonality as opposed to our differences.

Caregivers now have the opportunity to attend training and local support groups. I encourage those who have never attended before to give it a go, you may find that what may seem like a demand on your schedule is actually a blessing. There are likeminded people who share support and enjoyment in connecting with each other. We have a list of support groups below and a new training calendar, I hope there’s something you find of value?

Teena Bennett
North West RC
06 281 1642 or 027 285 6015


Training is on the radar again!

In Term 3, Taranaki will start with The National Care Standards Workshop. This 3-hour workshop will be available in both New Plymouth and Hawera. The new Identity & Belonging workshop (with online component) will be available in Whanganui and Keeping Memories in Taumarunui.

The training calendar will be live early next week.

Dates for your diary

Caregiver Group – Whanganui

I hope most of you have read the ‘mail out’ that was sent last week regarding the start of this support group. It will be facilitated by me, Teena, but caregivers will shape the feel and function of the group. It will run twice per term with the opportunity to increase if wanted.

Term 3 dates

Date: 29 July
Time: 1.00pm – 2.45pm
Location: Haheke Library, Haheke Street, Whanganui East

Date: 8 September
Time: 1.00pm – 2.45pm
Location: Haheke Library, Haheke Street, Whanganui East

As I am based in New Plymouth, before travelling I need indications of attendance so please contact me to do so and inquiries are also welcome: Teenab@caringfamilies.org.nz or 0272856015.

PACE Support Group
Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy

Parenting is challenging for everybody! Come and join other caregivers and foster parents who are exploring parenting through a ‘trauma informed lens.’

Dates for Term 3

– Wednesday 22 July
– Wednesday 19 August
– Wednesday 16 September

Time: 10.30am
Location: Caring Families Aotearoa office, Taranaki Disability and Info Centre, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth

Coffee and tea provided.

Queries welcomed – teenab@caringfamilies.org.nz or 0272856015

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Caregivers are so fortunate to have Grandparents Raising Grandchildren running in New Plymouth.
Diane facilitates the group on Thursdays once a fortnight. It’s a supportive and informal environment where like-minded caregivers can gather.
Contact Diane Richardson: dianebazuka@gmail.com or 0211851097.

Term 3 Dates:

– 9 & 23 July
– 6 & 20 August
– 3 & 17 September

Time: 9.30am
Venue: Barnardo Meeting Room, 186 Tukapa Street, Westown, New Plymouth


Urenui Support Group

Please contact Janine for start dates or for more information.

Contact details are: 027 419 2898 or
(06) 752 3096.

Location: 153 Waitoetoa Road, Urenui


Ka kite,


Have you joined our closed Facebook Group?

As a member of Caring Families Aotearoa you have exclusive access to our CLOSED Facebook groups. These are only open to caregivers that are members of Caring Families Aotearoa. This allows our members a platform to seek support, information and resources.

Click the link below to join!

North West Support Closed Facebook Group