Plunket moves with the times
Successful organisations moved with the times and that was exactly what the Matamata Plunket committee had done, said retiring treasurer Amanda Hunt.
‘‘It’s not just putting nappies on a doll or knitting and booties anymore, although all the support mechanisms are still here. Nowadays there are coffee mornings and a toy swap, even fashion evenings.’’
As well as the usual services like antenatal classes, La Leche League and Well Child checks, the committee had put a significant amount of work into new services and resources and had achieved many highlights over the years.
‘‘There are PEPE (parenting education programme) courses every three months or so, play groups and the annual Plunket appeal week. We’ve also installed a new playground outside the Plunket rooms that anyone can use as well as refurbishing the actual rooms,’’ she said.
The new mums’ coffee group runs from 10am on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, and co-ordinator Mel Swap said sometimes it could be helpful to just hear that other mums were in the same boat. ‘‘ We have morning tea, guest speakers, and chat about baby and childrelated topics, stuff like breastfeeding, ages and stages, car seats, whatever is on your mind. It’s a small group of new mums and newborns but it is good to chat.’’
The committee’s AGM is coming up on November 23 and Mrs Hunt said they were still looking for a new treasurer and secretary. ‘‘Matamata has a big committee compared to other areas, we get things done but we have fun too. We work meetings around the children and families involved, so everyone can make it to a meeting every couple of months.’’
For further information about Plunket or being on the committee contact Amanda Hunt on 888 4442 or Sarah Roberts 888 8993.