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REACH FOR THE STARS

Dingwall children received some amazing science lessons on astronomy and rocketry during the Matariki period

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GROWING GREEN WARRIORS

Children and young people at Dingwall Trust get to nurture and immerse themselves in the environment on a daily basis, gaining skills and knowledge to take into adulthood. Happy World Environment Day for Friday everyone! At Dingwall Trust, the community garden isn’t just about encouraging green thumbs and eating lots of fruit and veggies; it also makes children and young people aware of the delicate ecosystems that support life on this planet and how we can all help care for the environment, everyday!For starters, the garden is completely organic, no pesticides and herbicides used here. Instead, companion planting, (and other homemade methods, ...

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DINGWALL’S NEW NORMAL

Dingwall Trust welcomes the Government’s move to Alert Level 2 today, however, it will take a cautious and phased approach to new freedoms. Dingwall’s priority remains the health, safety and well being of children, young people and staff while recognising its role in helping keep the wider community safe and Covid-19 free. CEO Claudine Young says life will start to look much like it did before Lockdown, but not completely the same. “We are moving to a ‘new normal’ that will see a great deal more personal interaction but with extra precautions in place.” Visits to Dingwall, including social and work-related, may now resume, but ...

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Dingwall takes a cautious approach to L3

CEO Claudine Young has thanked the 200 Dingwall staff, children and young people for doing their bit as part of New Zealand’s “team of five million” to beat Covid-19.“Everyone has helped to get through this with strength, resilience, patience, humour and kindness. It is the sacrifices we have all made that have allowed the government to reduce the alert level from today.”However, Dingwall Trust will take a cautious approach to the new level of restrictions.This means non-essential visits to the site cannot resume yet. Children and young people will continue their online learning on site and not attend school while social workers will ...

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Stand at Dawn

The children and caregivers in isolation at Dingwall, and support staff at home in their bubbles, were among those honouring our fallen service men and women this morning. The caregivers will hold two services today. The children and young people spent yesterday creating crosses and poppies.Anzac Day is especially poignant at Dingwall Trust as its inception by David Dingwall was born out of the devastation wrought by WWI and the need to support children and families who had lost loved ones. Then, many of the early residents went on to serve during WWII and other conflicts such as the Korean War, some making the ultimate sacrifice.Those fallen ...

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Kudos to our caregivers

As New Zealand enters its second week in Covid-19 Alert Level 4, Dingwall Trust CEO Claudine Young paid tribute to the amazing job residential caregivers are doing looking after the children and young people in their care. "Our caregivers are essential workers under lockdown rules and are carrying on their incredible love and protection of children in the care of Dingwall Trust in very challenging circumstances. “They are supporting the children without their own normal support network on site – almost all other staff are working remotely, including social workers and administration.” Despite this, the caregivers are pulling ...

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Dingwall Trust in lockdown

Dingwall Trust will comply with all Covid-19 level 4 alert restrictions with immediate effect.  To protect the health and well being of children, young people and staff at Dingwall Trust and to stop the spread of COVID-19, NO visitors will be allowed on site until further notice. While our children, caregivers and assistant caregivers will remain on site, almost all other staff will work from home, including Launch Transition to Adulthood personal advisors and residential social workers. Our social and youth workers will provide support to children and young people and caregivers via telephone or electronic means. Telephone communicat...

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Happy 90th Dingwall!!!

Happy birthday Dingwall Trust!! On Saturday February 8 we celebrated 90 years of David McNair Dingwall's legacy of caring for vulnerable children. Our Papatoetoe site opened its doors to children in need in February 1930. We marked the occasion with a wonderful party for young and old. Our most senior former residents from as far back as the 1940s brought their families and mixed and mingled with the children and young people who live here today. There were bouncy castles, an animal farm, a heritage walk, candy floss, toffee apples and much more. The day closed with the birthday cake being bag piped in and cut by our youngest resident. A wonder...

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Dingwall’s 90th birthday reunion!

Dingwall's 90th birthday reunion!     The Dingwall Trust will celebrate its 90th birthday in February, with a family event for the past and present Dingwall community and its partners and supporters. The Trust, which is the legacy of David McNair Dingwall, opened its doors in Papatoetoe to children in need in February 1930 and has been caring for Auckland’s vulnerable children for the nine decades since. CEO Claudine Young welcomes all past residents and staff and their families to come together on February 8, 2020 for a day of fun and reconnection. Historically themed food and entertainment will be provided for all and a photo exhibition ...

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Stand in the Gap

Dingwall staff heard a powerful presentation on leadership and safe workplace practice from Marsella and Wiremu Edmonds. The Rotorua couple are the bereaved parents of Robert Ruri-Epapara who was killed in a forestry accident in 2013. Robert, a fifth-generation forestry man, died when a foreman failed to take the necessary steps to make sure the 23-year-old was not in the path of a tree he felled. Robert left behind a wife and child and four siblings as well as his parents. The Stand-in-the-Gap presentation was born out of grief and a strong desire not to let any other family suffer in the same way. The brave couple relive the accident ...

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