National Volunteer Week (21-27 June) is a chance for Plunket to celebrate the thousands of volunteers across the country, and the different ways they give their time to support families with young children. “Volunteers founded Plunket in 1907 to ‘help the mothers and save the babies’, and over a century later, volunteers are still at the heart of our services for families today,” said Andree Talbot, Plunket New Zealand President. “National Volunteer Week is a chance for us to say thank you to all those who give their time and their individual skills to help families in our region, this week and every week.
Thanks to the wonders of ‘social media’, the Plunket community can now be found in all corners of New Zealand and the world. Every day, hundreds of Kiwi parents and caregivers are talking online – to us and other parents – about the challenges and rewards of parenting. It’s proving a great way for them to get advice and support, and for us to get feedback and learn how we can be more relevant and helpful in today’s busy world.
Jeanette Adams-Schneider has worked for Plunket for the past 26 years. A trained Karitane Nurse, she’s part of the Plunket Community Karitane team in Wellington. I’m often asked why I’ve worked for Plunket for so long.
With nominations now open for the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, now is a good time to think about a Plunket Volunteer who has made an impact in your community. The awards not only recognise outstanding individuals, teams and organisations, but they raise awareness around the important and valuable role volunteers play. Last year’s award recipients ranged in age from 14 to 85, and their stories were wide ranging and very inspiring.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well being of children under five welcomes proposed legislation requiring plain packaging of tobacco products. The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament last night and has now been referred to the Health Select Committee for public consultation. Plunket Clinical Advisor Elaine Gordon says Plunket actively support the government’s goal of halving tobacco consumption by 2015 and achieving a smoke-free New Zealand by 2025.
Birkenhead Plunket’s Beach Haven clinic will be getting an upgrade thanks to Ray White Beach Haven’s ‘House of Dreams’ community project. Over the last year the property management and real estate firm, along with a number of sponsors and volunteers from the community, have been hard at work renovating a house in Beach Haven. BNZ, our principal sponsor, has also contributed by offering an interest-free loan and low mortgage repayments on the property.