A community group for parents and caregivers of children of any age.

  • What is SPN?

    A Community group for parents and caregivers of children of any age. Providing Local Events, Activities, Speakers, Workshops and Picnics.

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  • Family Fun Day

    Check out what upcoming events are on in the Selwyn Region!

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  • Kidsfest

    SPN puts on fun activities for Kidsfest in the Selwyn region!

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

FREE - Anxiety & Depression In Youth Workshops

Two Nights - 
Lincoln and surrounds
Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
at the Lincoln Events Centre, 15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln
Malvern Area
Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
at the Darfield Community Centre, North Terrace, Darfield
BOOKINGS can be made at: https://mherc.arlo.co/upcoming-courses
These workshops are designed parents of young people and youth workers to enhance your knowledge and learn:
What triggers anxiety and depression in adolescents
How anxiety and depression effect adolescents
Strategies & techniques to help adolescents manage their emotions
Adolescent stages and communication styles
Useful tools to help improve adolescents' mental health
Transport and childcare options may be available - please contact Brenna Russell on BrennaR@rcpho.org.nz 027 228 7995
There will also be a workshop held in Ashburton on 26 November, 2016 if you need an alternative date.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

November 2016 Newsletter

Our November 2016 Newsletter is available to read.

October 2016 Newsletter

Our October 2016 Newsletter is available to read.

September 2016 Newsletter

Our September 2016 Newsletter is available to read.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Family Fun Day 2016

On this Thursday 29th of September, rain or shine, at the Lincoln Events Centre.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

June 2016 Newsletter

  June 2016 Newsletter
Welcome to SPN’s June newsletter.

Kidsfest 2016- Saturday July 9th – Saturday 23rd July
This year Selwyn Parenting Network are holding events in Darfield,
West Melton, Burnham, Rolleston and Lincoln.
Events include;  Cup Cake decorating,
Hip Hop,            Chocolate Making
Princess nails,    Learn to Sew
Jui Jitsu,             House of Bricks.

You can see detailed information for the numerous events we are holding at www.kidsfest.co.nz
Tickets on sale 1st June.

We would like to extend a big thank you to Tracey O’Reilly our outgoing coordinator for her years of dedicated effort to SPN, we wish Tracey all the best with her rapidly growing business- Bake my Day.   

I have been spending much of my time in the past month meeting with representatives of many organisations and community groups in Selwyn, with the objective of growing the SPN network throughout the Selwyn District. SPN would like to continue to have the opportunity to work alongside others to help strengthen parents and families in our growing communities.

If you know of any individuals, community groups or service providers that provide support to parents and families in Selwyn, I would love to hear from you, my email is enquiries@spn.org.nz or phone 027 336 8071.

In May SPN supported MHERC and the CDHB to provide an informative workshop hosted by Darfield Primary School and presented by clinical psychologist Catherine Gallagher.

Catherine gave insightful and practical advice to a large group of parents and educators on “Understanding and Managing Children’s Anxiety” please see an article Catherine provided us on the night.

SPN is looking forward to planning more of these supportive workshops for the Selwyn District in the coming months, if you have any ideas or suggestions on what would be helpful to families please just let me know.

 Don ‘t forget to like our facebook page www.facebook.com/SelwynParentingNetwork  or
check out our website www.spn.org.nz to see regular event updates and relevant parenting
and community information for Selwyn.

 What’s On:

Wed 1st June                       7.30pm – 9.00pm            Men’s Health Forum – Baylis Lounge, Lincoln Event Centre.  Free event organised by the Lincoln Rotary Club with the support of the Lincoln Medical Centre. Specialists will present & discuss heart care, diabetes, obesity, urology, mental & eye care. Ph. 021 295 1089 or email surindertandon@clear.net.nz for further information.

Thu 2nd June                        7.00pm – 9.00pm             On the Spectrum – The Community Room, Roleston Community Centre.  Evening coffee group for discussing issues that arise when parenting & schooling children with ‘hidden disabilities’ – Autism, Adhd, Sensory problems, Aspersers, Dyspraxia, Social difficulties & Anxiety are just some of the many. $5 to cover costs. Contact Rebeca Gilchrist 027 767 5049.

Sat 4th June                         10.00am – 1.00pm           A Right Royal Do at the Lincoln Market – Lincoln Green Beside the Lincoln Library.  Presented by the Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth with a British themed market. Come dressed as your favourite British character (eg. Sherlock Holmes, Dr Who) for a chance to win a spot prize.

Sat 11th – Sun 12th June   9.00am – 4.00pm             Christchurch Baby Expo – Pioneer Rec Centre.
                                                                                               $5 entry, door sales. Under 16s FREE.

Wed 15th June                    1.30pm – 3.00pm             Financial Security and Wellbeing – 16 Lyttelton Street, Lincoln. Yvonne from Age Concern will cover sound advice around money management and increase your knowledge about risk on investment and security for financial issues, including scans. Call 325 2007 to book your place

Wed 22nd June                   3.00pm – 7.00pm             Volunteer Expo – Lincoln Events Centre. A free community event showcasing organisations to members of the public who may be interested in volunteering. There will be goodie bags, refreshments and children’s activities available throughout the afternoon/evening so that people can take their time and see and hear about all the volunteering opportunities in Selwyn.

During June Selwyn residents are invited to join in the celebrations for Matariki – the Maori New Year over the month in June at Selwyn Libraries with displays, crafts activities and story telling including creating Tō tātou korowai (our community cloak)  where all ages, all members of the community can make feathers for a beautiful community cloak which will be displayed at the main event, and later at each library.
Thu 16th June                      Darfield Library
Fri 17th June                        Leeston Library
Thu 23rd June                      Lincoln Library
Fri 24th June                        Rolleston Library
Weave harakeke (flax) stars in the Selwyn Libraries with artist Tracey Te Karu in celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year.
This FREE event is open to all ages.

Mon 20th June                     Darfield Library
Tue 21st June                       Rolleston Library
Wed 22nd June                    Leeston Library
Mon 27th June                     Lincoln Library
Visit Science Alive staff in the Selwyn Libraries as they tell us more about Matariki and have some awesome activities for you to have a go at!
Recommended age range 5-10 years.
This is a FREE event. Caregiver supervision is recommended for children aged 7 and under.
                                               Sat 25th June             2.30pm – 5.30pm                        
Finale Event – Stewart Theatre, Lincoln University.
A free event with artwork from renowned artist Marcus Winter and Kapa Haka performances by local high school. Registrations essential at www.selwynmatariki.eventbrite.co.nz

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Understanding & Managing Children's Anxiety

FREE workshop for Parents and Teachers
Wednesday 25th May 2016 7.00-9.00pm

Darfield Primary School Staffroom
Register now at www.mherc.org.nz
See flyer for more details

Asthma Awareness Workshop
Tuesday 3rd May 7.00pm - 8.30pm @ Lincoln & Districts Community Care

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Parenting Place is coming to Canterbury with not-to-be-missed Hot Tip events!

Christchurch has two events as follows:

Raising happy, confident and resilient children with Petra Bagust and John Cowan
‘Customised’ parenting techniques; Giving your kids ‘grit’; How to enjoy your kids!
To be held on 9th May, 7:30pm - 9.00pm, $5 @ Grace Vineyard Beach Campus

Growing great relationships with John Cowan
As a parenting organisation, we believe one of the best things you can do for your children is to nurture your adult relationships. This no-guilt, no-cringe event will be fun and practical, helping you iron out the wrinkles in your relationship and restore some of the zest and romance.
To be held on 12th May, 7:30pm - 9.00pm, $10 per person/$15 per couple @ Riccarton High School

See flyers for more details and events also in Ashburton and Timaru

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

BROLLY SHEETS now available in Selwyn!!!

BROLLY SHEETS now available in Selwyn!!! 

Lincoln & Districts Community Care have Brolly Sheets available for hire or purchase. For more information call 325 2007.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

River Of Flowers

River of Flowers
A 5 year commemoration of the Canterbury Earthquakes at the River Liffey, Lincoln. 
Monday 22nd February 12.30pm - 1.30pm. See flyer for more details

Children's Day Event - Rolleston

Children's Day Carboot Market

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Hip Hop & Breakdance Workshops

Hip Hop & Breakdance Workshops
See flyer for details: