Ten prisoners took part in the Storybook Dads programme and produced some wonderful resources for their children to accompany their chosen books and DVDs. They produced some amazing canvas artwork, photograph frames, matching games, character masks, and story themed snakes and ladders, a pop up box of story characters, a feely book, and a hide-and-seek board game. The motivation of the prisoners was very high; they wanted to produce the very best they possibly could for their children and, although nervous, the final DVDs were of a high standard and they were proud of their work. Many participants now want to do the course again.
We have had an exciting and busy time at the Hub this month with a visit from the Prime Minister and Hon Michael Woodhouse. Ihi Research also came to visit and were interested in finding out what the Hub offered to the community and how the many groups used the Hub and what impact this has had for whānau who use the services provided. They will be compiling a report for Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu our new service partner. Wild Things In-Home Child Care (with support from the Ministry of Education) has launched their new mulit-ethnic playgroup which will be held on Friday mornings during term time - providing a playgroup for mothers and their children aged 0-5 from refugee and migrant backgrounds.