Wow! It certainly feels like 2022 has gone in a flash. Despite this, as Lauren and I reflect on ‘the year that was’, we can certainly say it has been full and fruitful. There are some wonderful articles in this newsletter and we'd like to thank Emma in particular for sharing her story. Happy festive reading.
This year a total of 219 tamariki and their whānau joined us at The Champion Centre. We farewelled 60 children and families, as they took the next steps in their exciting journey to school, and we supported 64 children at their early childhood centre.
We know that for some, parenting can be lonely and isolating. That’s why this year we intentionally sought to increase opportunities for parents and caregivers to connect with one another. In addition to providing more scope for connection with other families in programmes, we now have regular afternoon teas for parents, providing a place to gather, share a cuppa and get to know each other further. We have also offered a Circle of Security Parenting Group. Meanwhile, two wonderful Mums have set up a Champion Centre Facebook page for parents and caregivers, that now has over 70 families connecting, communicating and supporting one another and even meeting up in person.
Consisting of families past and present, staff and supporters, our Champion Centre community is certainly strong, supportive and in good heart. We would like to thank everyone for your unique contributions: to our families; to our dedicated, skilled and hard-working staff; and to our generous supporters who help make sure we have the funds to continue to do what we need to do.
Wishing you and your whānau a safe and relaxing holiday.
We look forward to seeing you next year.
Wendy and Lauren
The Champion Centre is administered by the Christchurch Early Intervention Trust, and is registered with the Charities Commission (CC22708). Gifts of over $5 are eligible for tax rebates.
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