Corrections: Literacy and Numeracy:
I had one of my new intensive literacy and numeracy guys chatting to me, and gave a heartfelt thanks for providing the course and giving him a chance. He had declined the course a number of times before, but was really enjoying it and making some real strides in his math ability as a result of the service we offer. He was pretty choked up, and showed a lot of bravery in making that emotional contact.
Corrections: Foundation Skills:
This month has seen the completion of the Certificate in Foundation Skills level 2 for two further learners. Both have commented on how they have thoroughly enjoyed the course and both were very reluctant to leave. One of the students, in particular, has shown himself to be incredibly enthusiastic and motivated and now wants to pursue study that will enable him to have a career in media or journalism – he didn’t think such an option was possible before doing the Foundation skills programme. As he grew in confidence he become a person looked up to by other students and took on a leadership role by encouraging and supporting others, helping where he could, engaging in discussions which would stimulate relevant thinking amongst the whole class. This student has credited the Foundation Skills Programme in giving him the determination not to return to a life of crime and has enabled him to see a better and brighter future.
Corrections: Skills for Dads/Story Reading Dads - Invercargill:
In September we delivered our first ever Story-reading Dads programme in Invercargill Prison. Usually, the process is to carry through the men who had been in the Skills for Dads class, but most of those learners were released after the programme! So we were surprised to find some familiar faces in the class after all when we first started – there were two men who had done the same programme previously, in OCF. One announced that he had asked to be on the programme again because his children had loved the masks he made so much they wore them for a week. (I later saw photos… very cute!) The other familiar face – also from our OCF class of Story-Reading Dads – was there on the basis of a request from his support worker/psychologist, who reported a marked improvement in his social interaction scores after the last programme (the man is on the Autism spectrum). They asked that he be allowed to repeat, and we were happy to oblige. The class was small, and the men made lovely recordings for their children as well as mobiles, memory cards, games, masks and pictures for their kids. One man made a T? moko, representing his children’s whakapapa. Rather than read them a book he related the significance of this image in his recording.
Client Support Services:
John wasn't sure if our service could help. He was looking for some support or suggestions of how he could help his adult daughter Renee become independent and re-establish herself in her own home. Renee currently lives at home. John stated his daughter suffers from depression and anxiety and as much as this is what she wants to do, the process of knowing where and how to begin was overwhelming for her. John also felt it was a lot for him to take on which is why he came to our service.
After speaking with John I let him know we could support Renee with Work and Income entitlements, help find appropriate housing and link Renee in with appropriate supports and services that will help her towards her goal of independence.
While he loves his daughter immensely John was aware how much time and energy is needed to keep his daughter focussed and on track. John stated it is was a relief to be able to have someone else (other than himself) to support and guide his daughter to achieve her goal towards independence.
Another appointment was made for John and Renee – to see if Renee wanted the support of the Mission. At this appointment Renee was happy to be supported by the Mission to achieve her goal. John was able to end his need for service knowing his daughter was going to get the support she needed to move forward in her life. John was pleased he came to our service.
Client Support Services:
I have also been working closely alongside other agencies with clients we share, some of whom find that they are more able to have their voices heard with an advocate in attendance. These experiences bring into stark contrast the difference that our focus on the client voice brings to both the client/ practitioner relationship and the client’s sense of control over their circumstances.
With one client, it seemed that no matter how often she spoke to MSD representatives, she was unable to receive a positive outcome for her situation. This client is capable and independent, but has some difficulty when dealing with new people. In contrast to her prior experiences, when I was with her (and even when she did all the talking), her voice was heard, and the representatives we saw were able to quickly and efficiently put things into place.
With the change of season we have seen an increase of colds and flu at the house with one of the residents very sick with a bout of pneumonia. They remarked they were glad it was nice and warm at YTH and there were plenty of blankets. They are now on the mend.
We were very excited to receive the new lawn mower donated by the Dunedin East Rotary along with some ear muff, goggles and petrol can full of petrol. They have said they will be back later in the spring to help construct two raised garden beds for the YTH vegie growing project.
There is a new resident in the House who is settling in well. We have several of the residents making plans to move within the next month or so. Some are working on moving into private rental accommodation in the community, a couple are planning to move in with partners while others are still trying to find a suitable and sustainable place with the help from one of our Client Support Workers.
Dunedin Little Citizens: Kiwi room:
I tēnei wā kei te aro ngā pepi ki te mahi mana auturoa. Kei te aro ki tēnei nā te mea kei te rerekē haere te huarere, ā, kei te pirangi ngā kaiako ki te whakapākari I ēnei pukenga.
Kua nekehia e ētahi tamariki ki te taha o ngā tuakana inaianei, nō reira kua āhua tau I tēnei wā.
Kei te kimi mātou mo ētahi whanau anō.
Kei te aro ahau ki ngā mahi o ngā kaiako I tēnei wā
We have recently started a new group learning plan where we are focussing on exploration through sensory and messy play. This has come from the interest of the children and will also build up the teachers strengths in this area as this is something we feel we could improve on in our programme.
A lot of children from the kiwi room have transitioned to the Tui room so we have quietened down and are now able to accommodate some new families.
Dunedin Little Citizens:
The children from the Kotuku and Tui Rooms performed at the Poly festival and as always they sang well and the parents really enjoyed it. Parent participation was up on last year.
We have also had our photos of the class and individual photos taken by the photographer Des Elliott. Parent are so excited to receive the proof of the photos as they like to order photos for Christmas gifts for grandparents etc. We have deliberately chosen to have photos in September so parents can order them prior to Christmas.