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Dingwall Gets Healthy

Dingwall Trust is on a mission to help employees reach a new level of health, fitness and happiness. Staff, from caregivers to admin, are embracing a 10-week Wellbeing programme, spearheaded by on-site nutritionist Danijela Unkovich, and we are now seven weeks deep. The focus is three-fold: nutrition, movement and motivation. Personal trainer Sarah Lange runs boot camps twice a week, Danijela provides individual eating plans and advice and Julie Hazlehust, a behavioural psychologist, gives us the motivation to stick with it - it's a killer combination and everyone is loving it! Danijela says: "health is not cookie cutter – we’re all on our own ...

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Danone at Dingwall

A hardworking team from Danone spent a highly productive afternoon in our community garden as part of their volunteer week. The Danone employees removed the weed-matted fencing from around the chicken coup and replaced it with fresh wire, as well as assembled shelving and tidied the garden shed, with a super-organised result. Thank you so much to Madeline, Iain and the rest of the Danone team for sharing your skills and expertise with us - you did an awesome job!    

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Dingwall Trust pilot programme goes nationwide

Dingwall Trust is thrilled a Transition from Care to Independence programme (TCI) for  youth transitioning from state care will be rolled out nationwide. Dingwall Trust has delivered an outreach-based transition service (Launch) in the Auckland area since it was part of a pilot along side another agency in 2004. On Sunday, Children’s Minister Tracey Martin announced $153.7 million over the next four years to support 15 to 25-year-old care-experienced young people transition to independent adulthood, as part of the 2019 Wellbeing Budget Transition workers from current TCI service providers, Launch and Ka Awatea at Youth Horizons, attended the ...

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Support our Garden

Here's a little fundraiser to support our community garden. This is honey taken from our very own Dingwall hives and we're selling it for $25 per 750g jar. If you'd like to support us and buy a jar, please email nicole@dingwall.co.nz. All proceeds will go to fund garden initiatives. Limited stocks available.

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Celebrating social workers

Dingwall Trust staff took time out today to celebrate Tuesday’s International Social Work Day. We feted our social workers and personal advisors at a shared lunch and acknowledged the amazing work they do in supporting and guiding our children and young people. Here's a cross section of our team who work across management, Dingwall residential and Launch TCI (Transition from Care to Independence).

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Dingwall Association Picnic

The weather gods smiled on Dingwall Trust as it hosted the 67th annual Dingwall Association Picnic recently. Dingwall was delighted to welcome dozens of former residents and families, from across the decades, to reconnect with their former home and share stories of the past with the children and young people who currently live here. A formal welcome was followed by a round of friendly sports games between cottages (with former residents joining in), then a BBQ lunch, and finally presentation of the Dingwall Association Shield - this year won jointly by Fraser and Stewart cottages. Thank you so much to everyone who came and who helped out, especially ...

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Danijela returns!

Dingwall’s roving nutritionist Danijela Unkovich has returned from her overseas sojourn brimming with ideas for delicious healthy food to pass on to caregivers and children. Danijela took five months’ leave of absence to complete a diploma in Gastronomy, Nutrition and Food Trends at Le Cordon Bleu London Culinary School this year. The course was three months long and Danijela also spent several weeks during July and August in Croatia, the birthplace of her parents, sampling traditional foods and cooking. She spent most of the time with her 85-year-old aunt who was able to pass on many of her own foodie secrets. And at the end of her course, ...

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New Dingwall Chief Executive Arrives

Dingwall Trust’s new CEO Claudine Young was welcomed into the community with a moving powhiri, attended by staff, children and board members this week. Staff and children performed at the ceremony, which Claudine said was a “wonderful” way to start her tenure at Dingwall. “Already I am feeling welcomed and bonded to this community, just in my first few hours here.” Claudine, who has a background in both social work and management of not-for-profit organisations, comes to Dingwall from CanTeen, where she worked for five years, the last two as chief executive. Prior to that, she worked at IHC and Muscular Dystrophy NZ. Originally from the ...

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Dingwall Director departs after 18 years at the helm

The departure of Tracie Shipton after 18 years as Dingwall Director was marked by a moving farewell ceremony, that included song and performance by children at the end of August. Each and every staff member and child who took part in organising, performing, or speaking at the farewell must be congratulated for pulling together an event that was professional but also hugely meaningful and dignified – a very fitting send off for a much-loved leader. Guests included Tracie’s family, board members, MPs, former residents and members of the Dingwall Association, former staff members, MPs and Oranga Tamariki executives. At the outset, Tracie was gifted ...

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS

French Cottage has heeded environmental warnings and is spear-heading Dingwall’s efforts to do better by outlawing plastic bags – especially for school lunches. More than 160,000 plastic bags are used every SECOND around the world, so it is time to take action. With the help of nutritionist Danijela Unkovich, French is reducing the use of plastic packaging by turning to bulk storage and eliminating pre-packaged products in the pantry. The cottage has also purchased high-quality bento-style food boxes that keep school lunches fresh and tasty while eliminating the use of 35 snaplock bags every day!French caregivers Lomenia and Evanjica are challe...

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