Plun­ket moves with the times

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICKI DAVIDSON

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.

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