Caring Families Aotearoa has Support Groups throughout New Zealand that provide peer support to caregivers. There may be several support groups in your area and these could be thematic such as Home for Life, Whanau/Kin, neighbourhood, FASD group etc.
Join A Support Group
Join A Support Group
Caring Families Aotearoa have local support groups that provide peer support in your region. Support groups are made up of other Caring Families Aotearoa members who meet regularly for a cup of tea and support. There may be several support groups in your area and they could be Home for Life, Whanau/Kin, Neighbourhood, FASD groups etc.
When you become a member of Caring Families Aotearoa you can choose which local support group you would like to join. Please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know which group you would like to be connected to. Otherwise, you can call our free phone, 0800 693 323. You will be notified by email about events in your area, including training, morning/afternoon teas and family activities.
You are also more then welcome to set up your own support group, for more information follow the link below.
Please find below a list of local Support Groups that are registered support groups of Caring Families Aotearoa:
- Whangarei Support Group
- FASD Support Group Auckland
M: 021 644 150
- Waiheke Island Support Group
M: 021 241 8447
- West Auckland Foster Care Support Association
E:email@example.com or Pamela
M: 021 803956
- North/ West Support Group (Closed)
Sonia Van Linden
- Foster Care Association Auckland Incorporated
M: 021 141 2155
E: firstname.lastname@example.org or
M: 027 4866 883
- South Auckland Foster Care Association
- Franklin Foster Carers Association
- Waikato/Hauraki Foster Care Association (Inc Hauraki)
M: 0275348384 E: email@example.com
- Caring South Waikato Hearts
- Hauraki Support Group
- Cambridge Support Group
- Taupo Foster Care Association
- Bay of Plenty Foster Care Association
- Rotorua Support Group
M: 027 256 4550
- Wanganui Fostercare Association Inc
M: 027 4594 349 | P: (06) 3221 902
- Kin Raising Kin (New Plymouth) | Diane Richardson
M: 021 185 1097
- Our Tamariki and Carers (Wanganui)
M: 027 436 8240
- Tararua Foster Carers
- Manawatu Foster Care Association Inc
- Kapiti Foster Care Support Group
M: 021 153 5450
- Wairarapa Foster Care Association
- Porirua Unique Foster Carers
- Horowhenua Support Group
- Wellington Family & Fostercare Association
- Kapiti Evening Support Group
- Marlborough Foster Care Association (Blenheim/Picton)
- Nelson & Tasman Association
- FASD Nelson Support Group
- Otautahi Foster Care Association
- South Canterbury Foster/Whanau Support Group
- Christchurch West Support Group
- Ashburton Support Group
Existing Support Groups
How caregivers join a support group
A caregiver can join a support group at anytime by calling Caring Families Aotearoa on 0800 693 323 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A caregiver can be part of more than one group. When a caregiver joins Caring Families Aotearoa, we will give them a list of open support groups in their area. The new caregiver can go along to a meeting and decide whether they would like to join. Support Groups will also be promoted on our website.
How support groups communicate
Support Group/Association liaison will be able to see contact details for caregivers in their Support Group on the secure Support Groups Link (formerly the Association Link). Support Groups can choose the best communication method for their group. Some ways to communicate are:
1. Support groups can submit a mailout to their group and/or other caregivers in their region through the Caring Families Aotearoa mail system.
2. Smaller support groups/closed support groups may choose to communicate through text messages or personal email to organise their meetings.
3. Meetings and get togethers can be advertised on the Caring Families Aotearoa website calendar and in our monthly newsletter, Snippets.
Claiming your meeting/get together contribution is easy, simply click on the link above and you will be directed to the Support Groups Link (formerly the Association Link), complete the online form and then submit it. The contribution will be deposited into the nominated bank account within two working weeks.
Caring Families Aotearoa will pay a contribution of $3 per Caring Families Aotearoa member, who attended the meeting, towards the refreshments for your meeting. Support groups can claim a contribution for up to eight meetings per year. Any further claims will be dependent on funding availability. You can claim for up to two ‘mentors’ per meeting. A ‘mentor’ is a member of Caring Families Aotearoa who is not a caregiver: they may be a professional, retired or having a break.
Funding for special events
If your support group is organising a special event and needs additional funding they can apply to the Regional Committee. Each Regional Committee has an annual budget to use for events being held throughout their region. This amount is reviewed annually and set within budget limitations. Support groups must apply to the Regional Committee for event funding.
Support groups must apply to the Regional Committee for event funding:
1. Complete the event proposal funding application, available online.
2. Email to Regional Coordinator who will present your proposal at the next Regional Committee meeting, make sure that the application is submitted in a timely manner as Committee meetings are monthly.
3. Caring Families Aotearoa can pay approved expenses by sending a tax invoice to email@example.com. These can be paid either prior to the event or after the event.
4. Complete a short survey about how your event went.
In each region there is a Regional Committee/Panel made up of up-to six caregivers from the region, National Office team as required, and the Regional Coordinator. The Regional Committee will approve event proposals from the Support Groups and offer assistance where necessary. They may plan/organise events for all members in their region and promote events on Facebook.
We expect this role will take about two hours a month and include a Skype, or similar, meeting with other committee members. More time will be required if events are being organised in the region. If you would like to apply to be on your Regional Committee/Panel please complete this form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recognition and appreciation of the extra time and support of the caregivers in their region, Caring Families Aotearoa will contribute towards the Committee Members attending National Conference and Regional Hui.
Caring Families Aotearoa has ten Regional Coordinators covering New Zealand. They provide advice, guidance and support to individual members, member Associations and Support Groups and agencies in their regions.
They also network with Non Government Organisations (NGO) and their local Oranga Tamariki sites. Should you need support, advice or would like to be connected to caregivers in your area please contact the Regional Coordinator in your area.