Family Works HB scoops prestigious HB Health Award

Congratulations to our Family Works Hawke’s Bay team who received a joint award with Te Taiwhenua in the “Commitment to Working Together to Improve Community Health and Wellbeing” category at the Hawke’s Bay Health Awards on Friday.

Family Works Hawke’s Bay won the award for their Poipoi Mokopuna pilot programme, which is committed to supporting whānau and non- whānau caregivers with tamariki in their care, who have suffered two or more placement breakdowns.

The programme recognises that many of the children in care have complex behavioural and mental health problems. The support for caregivers includes in-home coaching, specialised training, peer support networks and counselling.

Pre and post surveys showed marked improvements in caregivers’ understanding of the needs of tamariki with complex needs, the quality of relationships between caregivers and tamariki, caregivers’ confidence in their skills and improved cultural connectedness.

The success of the programme has led to Oranga Tamariki considering funding the expansion of the programme.

Well done to everyone involved in this success. We are all so proud of you!