Corrections: Literacy & Numeracy:
Several students have completed ILN (Intensive Literacy and Numeracy) this month and moved on to other courses. This is because they have moved up their ALNAT (Adult Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tool) score or step - the Steps go from 1 to 6 and learners come into the ILN class at Step 1 or 2. One student, as part of his programme plan, was moving to a new tutor and asked if he could take his learning record with him so he could share how well he had been doing, he was so proud of the improvements he had made. Another Step Up student was also proud of how he managed to figure out some of his numeracy problems: he knew he had all the right information but something wasn’t connecting; he stayed focused and positive and found where the issue was and self-corrected – it was a great effort.
Corrections: Foundation Skills:
The last month has seen Foundation Skills beginning in the Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) at the Otago Correctional Facility. Previously students have had to stop Foundation Skills in order to embark on the Drug Treatment Programme, but now they can carry on their studies alongside their therapeutic treatments. By having classes happening in the DTU, new students have been allowed to come to class and others have been expressing an interest in joining the course. Those in the DTU are also very motivated and ask to take homework on a very regular basis. Although the students in all the classes make the effort to get on with each other, the Foundation Skills 1 class have shown a really strong group cohesion that has gone beyond a congenial friendliness. They truly work to support and encourage each other emotionally and academically. Their desire to learn has gone from strength to strength, they request homework, they question, contemplate and debate rather than going with blind acceptance. It is evidence of their enquiring minds being put into action and a pleasure to see.
Corrections: Skills for Dads / Story Reading Dads:
There were 10 participants in the February Skills for Dads programme. Each Dad made a box – a Waka huia- and filled it with letters, small games and ideas for things to do together when they meet with their children again, along with a messsge on DVD to send home. Everyone gave positive feedback about the programme with comments such as “making a special box that my boy can stash his fidget spinners in”, “definitely worth it. I picked up some good skills” “thank you to the Tutors for their time and expertise, very useful for me”.
Client Support Workers:
Ivan, a semi-retired man in his 60s, was referred to the service by a family member. Ivan had been an active member of his local community and self-sufficient for many years. However his wife had been injured in a vehicle accident, and was facing a long road to recovery. Ivan was having difficulty managing the household as well as working and being the primary caregiver for his wife. The two of them were also under financial pressure due to his wife no longer being able to work. Ivan said that he felt that all the support services they had tried to contact had ignored them. The need for service for Ivan was in advocacy and information-seeking; finding which supports may be available for them and supporting them to ensure that they were in receipt of all the supports they were entitled to. At the final home visit, they were both more confident that their issues were manageable; recovery was going well, they had accessed home help and had been able to work through all their financial options, and were in a more stable financial position than at our first meeting.
Youth Trasition House Ōtepoti:
A busy month for YTH. We have planted our new no dig gardens with some winter veg and harvested some very nice cucumbers. Our potatoes in a bucket are yet to flower but we are hopeful of a good crop before the first frost. There are also tomatoes on the vines ready to ripen. There are currently 5 residents all busy with course or school. The last resident from our first intake is planning to leave us in March to move into private rental accommodation. We are looking forward to Congratulations cake and giving our best wishes for the next part of their journey.
Dunedin Little Citizens:
The first of the new murals is up in the Tui Room, the children having helped with some of the painting and are taking great pride in their flower or crocodile:
Kōtuku tamariki have begun harvesting the lettuce from the garden to put in their sandwiches on a Monday, it is great to see how well the tamariki and kaiako have cared for the garden to see it flourish so much.
Many of our tamariki - some of whom are only 3½ years old - have shown great determination and persistence over the last month as they have graduated from a balance bike to the two wheeler bikes.
Milton Little Citizens:
In February we hosted our first whanau evening with a whanau BBQ. This was a huge success with everyone enjoying themselves. One of our children’s fathers works at Mosgiel New World and was able to get the sausages donated for this from Heller Meats.
We had our first child transition to Tokoiti school and we have a new addition to the Little Citizens Wh?nau with the kind donation of a canary called Kowhai.
Milton Little Citizens has started Kapahaka sessions each Thursday morning, run by Whaea Clare. The children love learning new waiata, practicing using poi and learning te reo M?ori.
Tamariki have been developing social competencies, and have been learning to work together with all age groups. With teacher role modelling and support, tamariki are developing different strategies for working alongside and with the younger children, developing strategies for dealing with conflicts and how to solve these respectfully, children are being more empathetic, and older tamariki are looking out for the younger ones.