Rotary gives parenting a boost

18:16, Nov 20 2012
New Plymouth West Rotary president Michael Archer and Plunket’s Leigh Morrice
BEARY GENEROUS: New Plymouth West Rotary president Michael Archer and Plunket’s Leigh Morrice embrace Truby the Bear outside Plunket’s new building

Education for parents in Taranaki is being taken a step further thanks to support from community groups.

The New Plymouth West Rotary Club presented Plunket Taranaki with $5600 last night to put towards its parenting education programme. Plunket community services leader Leigh Morrice said a need for a parenting education programme in South Taranaki had been identified, particularly in the Stratford area.

"We have been recruiting facilitators and now have a programme in progress out there," she said.

"To implement these types of programmes we have to rely on funding, so every little bit helps and we're very appreciative of Rotary."

About 20 Rotary members were given a tour of Plunket's newly-opened premises last night, and president Michael Archer said he was more than happy to hand over the cheque.

"They're an extremely worthwhile local charity who have helped so many families over the years, and we are very happy to help them further," Mr Archer said.

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The family support service relocated from its old Courtenay St building to an eco-friendly Taranaki area headquarters at 214 Devon St West in September.

Mrs Morrice said the new facility operated two clinics, had meeting rooms used for community groups and anti-natal classes, and also housed Plunket's car seat initiative.

In the New Plymouth area about 520 babies born each year received a free service from Plunket, she said.

About 90 per cent of those families used the service.

Each day the centre would see about 30 or 40 families, either at home by one of the centre's seven nurses, or at the new facility.

Taranaki Daily News