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Kia ora and welcome from the Mighty Waikato

My goodness, the year surely is zooming by. It is nice to see the daffodils out and the trees starting to bud with the promise of new growth readying themselves to bloom.

As a write today, we are still in Covid 19 level 4 lockdown.  For some, this brings more peace and quiet to their environment, allowing more rest and a release from stressors. For others, it means family are at home all day causing some disturbance to their daily routines of self-care.  I have recently heard also that a MOH directive has stopped all home help and only allowing personal cares to continue. I hope those receiving this level of care are coping ok.

In the past we noticed many of you were anxious about reintegration back into the community as the lockdown levels decreased. To provide a sense of security in gathering together again at our support groups, the CCIS team have agreed that there will be no support groups until we are back in level 1.

However,… great news!! Our online education meeting is continuing and will be offered to all members for September. Keep an eye out in your inbox for the link to our next meeting which will be held on September 9th at 10.30. This will not be recorded, however if you are unable to attend online, the notes and hand outs are available on our website, so you will not miss out on receiving the information. September’s topic is “Healthy Boundaries” written by my colleague Charlotte. This covers the importance of setting boundaries with family and others, so you are better able to pace and attend to self-care.

Please remember that I continue to work during lockdown and can be reached by text, phone, or email. I have been having many conversations about the covid vaccine as there is a high level of worry among many of you. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch to discuss your concerns.

Until next time, please take care.

Nga mihi

Tracey Larsen.

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