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FASD-CAN has been operating since 2013 entirely on donations and volunteer effort. This has limited our ability to reach families and provide the mentoring, training, and networking opportunities that we feel is necessary for our FASD community.

However, yesterday marked a huge milestone for our organisation as we signed a funding agreement with the Ministry of Health. This funding has been made available through the Proceeds of Crime with the contract period of two years commencing 1 January 2021.

All objectives and strategies in this contract will honour our obligation to Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi and we will seek to appoint a Cultural Advisor in this regard.

The specific objectives of this funding initiative, in summary, are:

  1. Connection, mentoring, training, and support:
    • Establish a pilot region with an FASD Navigator. This will include support group facilitation, advocacy, developing resources, relationship building and educating service providers.
    • Training and support webinars and zoom meetings.
  2. Whānau Direct – making a tangible difference. Provide grants to families/whānau to promote strengths-based activities and training opportunities for individuals as well as supporting initiatives that improve caregiver well-being.
  3. Increase Reach:
    • Web-site upgrade with technical support to ensure all information is current and relevant
    • Improved, inclusive and more visible communications including increased social media presence
      Promotion of FASDay events and FASD-CAN workshop

As you can see, there is much to do. Early in the New Year, we will be looking to appoint contract positions to progress these initiatives. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact me directly;

Ngā mihi nui

Claire Gyde