Combining efforts for tamariki

Oranga Tamariki hosts whānau caregivers and tamariki at the Papakura Marae.

Published on
22 May 2018
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Ofa, a whānau caregiver with her son AJ, and caregiver social worker Jenna

Highly valued partners

It is simple to measure the success of an event when, at the conclusion, guests are already asking for details about the next one!

Such was the case when tamariki and whānau caregivers were hosted at Papakura Marae for a talk on 'Building a Trauma-Informed Community'.

“Whānau caregivers are highly valued and integral to supporting tamariki in our community, so not only did we want to thank them but also to provide an opportunity to network, share and hear from an expert,” says Jaymee Wells, Papakura Site Manager. “We put on an amazing dinner and whānau were served by Oranga Tamariki staff.”

André Ngāpō of the Brainwave Trust presented to whānau caregivers on how trauma affects the brain and affirmed the things they are doing to help tamariki thrive and reach their full potential.

“It is always a special privilege to work with whānau caregivers who are supporting tamariki often needing extra love, care and attention."

André Ngāpō

Sharing expertise and support

“The rōpū was really motivated to learn about how a child’s early experiences may impact them for life, and loved the message of hope – through our combined efforts we really can help tamariki and rangatahi to heal, to grow, and to thrive,” André says.

The Brainwave Trust aims to raise public awareness and educate everyone who has an impact on the early life of a child about our children’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development the important implications of the knowledge brought to us by new brain research.

Jaymee says the Brainwave Trust has partnered with Oranga Tamariki Papakura to help inform and educate caregivers to the benefit of the young people and families we work with.

“We are so thankful to André and the Brainwave Trust and to Tony Kake at the Papakura Marae for their ongoing support with all our caregivers, tamariki and whānau. Together we are working towards better outcomes for the young people and families in our community.”

Building the support network

“Some whānau caregivers asked me if I could bring in some specific expert topics for another talk, and another carer even offered to talk to the group about their experience in caregiving and how they kept their marriage on track,” Jaymee says.

“The carers were really appreciative and asked when the next event would be.  The opportunity to meet and talk with other whānau caregivers was invaluable for their support network.”