New services at family support
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).