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8 February 2018 - A showcase of local services and an impressive line up of educational speakers will feature at Parenting Week Ashburton, which runs February 26
until March 3.

  Parents around the district are encouraged to register for the free week of activities and seminars, most of which will be held at the Event Centre.
The collaborative event was a first for the Ashburton district and based on a successful model that ran in Christchurch every two years, said Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation community connector Brenna Russell.
Ms Russell said the aim of the event was to provide support and education to all parents.
The week would start with a parenting expo (10am until noon) at the Event Centre, followed by other morning events at the Plunket Rooms on Cameron Street and potluck morning tea hosted by Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network at Community House.
Speakers and experts lined up would provide tips and tools for building stronger families, she said.
Evening seminars (6.30pm until 8.30pm) would begin with a popular seminar called Understanding & Managing Children's Anxiety run by Catherine Gallagher from Mental Health Education & Resource Centre.
Other evening seminars would focus on Unraveling the Adolescent Brain and The Early Years, both presented by the Brainwave Trust, and another from Christian Gallen from Attitude called Tackling Technology - Understanding your digital kids.
A family cooking evening on March 2 at the Intermediate Technology Centre on McLean Street would feature tips for healthy meals on a budget and would be presented by former Masterchef contestant Chantelle Quinn.
The week would finish with a whanau day (March 3) at Hakatere Marae from 10am until 1pm, where the focus will be on fun, games and a free lunch.
Also helping to co-ordinate the Parenting Week Ashburton is Ashburton Family Violence co-ordinator Anna Arrowsmith.
Mrs Arrowsmith said she was proud of the programme that had been put together and she believed it had a lot to offer parents in the district.
Both Advance Ashburton and the Mid Canterbury Principals Association were backing the event financially and feedback and funding would determine if parenting week was held in the future.
Ashburton Parenting Week had been timed to coincide with Children's Day, which would be held on March 4, she said.
More information, including registration, is available from the link on the rcpho.org.nz website.

 

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