Rodney Plunket is back in action with a range of new initiatives including market days, playgroups, family first aid courses and parenting courses.
The Plunket was in recess for about a year when it couldn’t appoint a community support coordinator. But Kim Love took on the role in February and has a range of events planned.
“It’s a job you’ve got to get stuck into. I want to create sustainable groups and fundraising activities which can also provide a service to the community,” Kim says. There are market days in Snells Beach and Wellsford this month with second-hand clothing, toys, books and other goods for children aged up to 10. Vendors can rent a stall for a $20 donation.
“If anyone has any items they no longer need that they can donate then it would be hugely appreciated.”
Items can be left at Warkworth, Mahurangi East and Wellsford libraries.
The Snells Beach market is at the Mahurangi East Library on May 9, from 10am to 2pm. There will be a Wriggle and Rhyme class at 10.30am and story time at 12.30pm so parents can shop while their children are entertained.
The Wellsford market day is on May 16, from 10am to 2pm, at the Rodney Fishing Club, 30 Rodney Street.
Three playgroups are starting in Mahurangi this month. The Wellsford playgroup meets at the Wellsford Plunket Clinic, 90 Rodney Street, on Mondays, from 10am; Snells Beach meets at Springboard Community Works, 58 Hamatana Road, on Tuesdays at 10am; and a multiple birth playgroup, for parents with twins or triplets meet at Kowhai Kids Educare, 25 Campbell Drive, Warkworth on Wednesdays from 10am.
“We are looking to start a general Warkworth playgroup but we don’t have a venue at this stage so we would welcome any ideas or donations,” Kim says.
There are also free Plunket education courses for parents of babies aged six weeks to seven months at the Rodney Women’s Centre in Warkworth, starting on June 5. Classes are on Fridays, 12pm to 2.30pm and run for five weeks.
Warkworth and Wellsford Lions have also funded family first aid courses later this year after successful courses in Helensville last year. The grant means parents will only be charged $10 rather than $25. Dates for the courses will be announced on the Rodney Plunket Facebook page.
“Plunket clinical staff found parents lacked the confidence to look after the wellbeing of their children in emergency situations. The courses were really well attended in Helensville and staff have seen a big difference in the abilities of parents there.”