Workshops connect family carers
In May and June four ‘wellness’ workshops gave family carers the opportunity to connect with other parents of children with intellectual disabilities. The events were hosted by the IHC Family-Whānau Liaison team after speaking with carers who were looking for connections with others who could share their experiences. Each workshop had its own theme. In Levin the focus was on healthy eating and nutrition tips. Participants enjoyed a soup-making demonstration. In Whangārei families learned ways to minimise stress. In Auckland the workshop demonstrated practical ways for communicating through dance and art. The final workshop in Christchurch provided ideas for dressing with confidence, healthy eating and how to make your voice heard. The feedback from carers was positive and participants have asked for more opportunities to spend time with other parents and carers.
Caption: Chelsea Lorkin (left) Kate Morland and from Studio Rubix in Palmerston North make wholemeal yoghurt flatbread to accompany soup at the wellness workshop in Levin.