New ser­vices at fam­ily sup­port

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT -

There are some changes afoot at Franklin Fam­ily Sup­port Ser­vices (FFSS).

Not only has the or­gan­i­sa­tion wel­comed a new man­ager in Jes­sica Tim­mins, but due to the na­ture of con­tracts and Gov­ern­ment changes, the Early Years Ser­vices Hub (EYSH) is no longer in op­er­a­tion (na­tion­ally).

That work now sits with the Whanau Ora ini­tia­tive, pro­vided by Te Pou Matakana for whanau in Te Ika a Maui (North Is­land).

FFSS is ded­i­cated to whanau in the Franklin com­mu­nity and con­tin­ues to of­fer sup­port and ser­vices to those re­quest­ing as­sis­tance. This is in the form of their ex­ist­ing ser­vices: coun­selling, so­cial work, bud­get­ing and trans­port to med­i­cal ap­point­ments.

Project de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor Char­lie Saun­ders said the Par­ent­ing Pass­port ini­tia­tive also re­mains a strong fea­ture of FFSS work with whanau.

"This nat­u­rally sup­ports the par­ent­ing pro­grammes that FFSS run such as In­cred­i­ble Years and Hoki Ki Te Rito (for­merly Mel­low Par­ent­ing); as well as com­mu­nity pro­grammes, groups and ser­vices."

More change will come in the form of a re­lo­ca­tion of Tamariki Junc­tion (a shop cur­rently lo­cated at 4 Roul­ston Street, un­der­neath the FFSS build­ing). Opened in Oc­to­ber, 2016, the shop of­fers chil­dren’s cloth­ing for $1, blan­kets for $2, shoes for $2 and toys at very rea­son­able prices.

The shop will re-lo­cate up the road to the back room of the Pukekohe Youth Cen­tre (ac­ces­si­ble via the car park), 1 Roul­ston Street, so Satur­day mar­ket vis­i­tors will still be able to call in eas­ily.

With the end of EYSH, the ded­i­cated Face­book page, Franklin Early Years Hub, will change to Tamariki Junc­tion so peo­ple will know where to go to ac­cess their bar­gains.

A vol­un­teer army is also be­ing re­cruited to as­sist with var­i­ous tasks (in­clud­ing help­ing out at Tamariki Junc­tion, news­let­ter pro­duc­tion, Face­book man­ag­ing, fundrais­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions).

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