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Blues Mania

Anticipation is building at Dingwall for the big game this weekend! Children and caregivers will be cheering long and loud for a Blues win in the Trans Tasman Super Rugby competition. Especially after they made a special trip to treat the tamariki and rangatahi here recently. Dingwall has one of our caregiving team's brother Jefferson to thank for the VIP treatment tamariki, rangatahi and staff received. Jeff is a big Blues fan and won a Barfoot and Thompson competition to hang out with three Blues Super Rugby players. He unselfishly chose to share that prize with Dingwall Trust so Josh Goodhue, T.J. Faiane, and Zarn Sullivan arrived to bring ...

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Made with Love

Dingwall Trust popped in on the Counties Manukau Quilters' Guild recently to find the team hard at work making individual, named Christmas stockings for every tamariki and rangatahi in our care. Each one is unique and a work of art in itself.Under the guidance of organiser Elaine Orum, the clever, crafty women had hired out the Friends House at Auckland’s Botanic Gardens for a day of quilting and sewing to get the majority of 50 stockings required underway.Like the community quilts the Guild often donates to Dingwall, the stockings are made with love and care, with individual thought and creativity going into each one. Elaine, who had spent three ...

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Stand up to Bullying!

"WHAT YOU SAY TO OTHERS MATTERS -- SO MAKE IT KIND" That was our mantra as we celebrated Pink Shirt Day today with a with a fun and delicious Pink afternoon tea. Children and caregivers spent the week creating "warm fuzzy" jars for each other and today the jars were presented to their owners. The warm fuzzies are written compliments and a jar full of warm fuzzies can cheer you up on a tough day! It was all part of taking a stand against bullying and using words to uplift others rather than drag them down. Health and wellbeing programme lead Danijela was delighted with tamariki engagement in the activities and said they loved the idea of making others ...

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Caregiving Positives Outweigh Challenges

Friday is the pinnacle of Foster Care Awareness Week when Excellence Awards are presented to caregivers from all around New Zealand by the Governor General in Wellington. Dingwall Trust congratulates this year's recipients but also pays tribute to its senior caregiver Chris Kelly, who is 25 years into the job and a previous recipient of this award. Testament to his success at providing a loving and stable home, is the number of cards and phone calls he receives every Mothers’ and Fathers’ Days and even on Valentine’s Day, from the hundreds of now-adults who passed though his care as children. Earlier this year, Chris was also honoured as ...

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Foster Care Awareness Week

A big shout out to all the care staff at Dingwall Trust who work with dedication and passion to nuture and strenghten tamariki and rangatahi so they can reach their potential and determine their own futures. We wish our care staff a very happy Foster Care Awareness Week.

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Level 3 Alert

Just a reminder that at Covid-19 Alert Level 3, no visitors are allowed on site while children and caregivers are isolating. For any urgent matters, please call 09 278 3699. Stay safe and be kind everyone.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Good news with Auckland going down to Covid-19 Alert level 2 from midnight tonight (Wednesday 11.59pm). Visitors will be now be allowed on site, but are asked to sign in at reception at the Dingwall Place entrance and use the Covid Tracer App where ever possible. Please observe standard hygiene practices such as washing hands regularly and using hand sanitiser. Thank you and stay safe.

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Reimagine wellbeing together!

Dingwall Trust is embracing Mental Health Awareness Week 2020. Never has it been more important to pay attention to our mental health in these uncertain times of Covid-19 and the upheaval the pandemic has wrought. Using the Sir Mason Durie's description of mental health as the floor, and walls of a wharenui, Te Whare Tapa Wha we are focusing on a different pillar each day. Starting with Taha whanau (family and social), then Taha wairua (spiritual), followed by Whenua (land, roots) then Taha tinana (physical), and finishing with Taha hinengaro (mental and emotional). http://www.mhaw.nz One of our activities this week is our Random Act of ...

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LEVEL 2.5

Along with the rest of Auckland, Dingwall Trust has moved to Alert Level 2.5. Visitors are now allowed onsite, but only by prior arrangement. All visitors must sign in and use the Covid tracer app. Children and young people have returned to school and social workers are now able to facilitate whanau visits. Our Launch personal advisors are also able to visit young people in the community. All Dingwall staff are adhering to strict protocols with only 50 per cent on site at one time, using the tracer app when they do, washing and sanitising hands frequently and using masks while out in the community. Thank you for helping us to ...

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE

Dingwall Trust will comply with all Level 3 restrictions that came into effect today.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 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.Phone and video communication will take the ...

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