Quake recovery turns to younger community members

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As the November earthquake event goes into recovery phase, attention is being turned on the younger members of the community.

With many youngsters living in quake damaged homes and in some cases on damaged land the Brainwave Trust will be holding two work shops in both Cheviot and Waiau.

“What Do Our Kids Need and How To Help” is a practical information session on how to help those 0-19 years adjust to life post quake.

Guest speakers Dr Jackie Blunt and Miriam McCaleb will give parents, teachers and extended family simple, ideas and exercises for getting life back on track, using essential concepts from the latest brain research.

Dr Jackie Blunt is a GP and Brainwave Trust presenter who went through the Christchurch earthquakes with her family and community. She grew up in rural North Canterbury and says she likes to get out and help families nurture their young people back to strength after difficult times.

Miriam McCaleb is an experienced teacher who has worked with children from kindergarten age through high school and will facilitate the seminar with Jackie.

The two hour seminars will focus on how stress and trauma affects young people and the people around them and how to cope.

Hurunui has more red and yellow stickered houses than the whole of the Kaikoura region, which given the spread of the population means many children have been affected by damaged houses.

Two seminars will be held at the Cheviot Trust Hotel this Saturday, February 14 – the first from 1pm to 3pm and the second 5pm to 7pm. There will also be one on February 28 at the Waiau Hall 6.30pm to 8.30pm.