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Coaching advice to start the New Year for first 50 requests!

Coaching advice to start the New Year for first 50 requests!

Are you starting 2012 feeling uncertain or overwhelmed .. about life generally, important decisions, employment, family issues, or for other reasons?

You may want to enter our New Year's Resolutions Project for families and those managing their own health or disability needs at home. Our offer is also open to home support workers and other health professionals who work with carers and 'self carers'.

Carers NZ and Family Care coach and columnist Richard Blakeborough are offering a free hour of life coaching for the first 50 friends and supporters who request a session.

How can just one hour of coaching from Richard help?

• You will have a safe place to offload.
• You can gain insights into yourself.
• You will receive unbiased, confidential support ...
• Gain fresh perspectives about your issues ...
• And talk through options to move forward positively into the New Year.

You don't have to leave your home to talk to Richard, and just one conversation could change how you think about and deal with issues in your life.

Carers NZ and Family Care have sponsored this project to gain an understanding about the general issues of most concern to family carers. Please note, as part of this sponsorship Richard may be using general themes or issues raised in coaching sessions as the basis of a future article for Family Care, which will be shared with all readers who may be dealing with similar issues. But all conversations with Richard are completely private and confidential, and sessions will be conducted by Skype. If you aren't able to download or use Skype, you can talk to Richard to make other arrangements.

Family Care is pleased to support Richard's coaching career following his heart bypass last year and departure from the corporate world to set up his own business, Coeur De Lion. Like many of you, Richard has experienced a serious health challenge that forced a rethink about his direction in life, leading to changes that transformed his personal outlook and employment. He has 'been there' and worked with Carers NZ and the magazine in his previous role, so well understands the impacts of caring, disability, chronic illness, and ageing.

Funding from our sponsorship will support Richard's travels to Chicago in March, where he will complete his one year Coaching Academy journey, described in the Winter 2011 issue of Family Care.

The 50 Carers NZ and Family Care coaching recipients will also receive a complimentary copy of Richard's latest e'book, That’s A Big Fat Lie Richard, the story of his own journey with a coach.

To request a free session with Richard, please email or phone 0800 777 797 ... don’t feel shy about participating, Family Care has paid for these 50 places already, and your only obligation is to think about what you'd like to discuss with Richard, and to make arrangements with him by phone or email for your free one hour session!

‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?’

Caring Moments collection on view at North Shore Hospital!

Terry Winn's images of carers and those they support can be viewed in the main corridor at the Hospital until early March 2012. Carers NZ thanks the Waitemata District Health Board for working with us to make our collection accessible to hundreds of thousands of hospital visitors! We hope that Caring Moments will be displayed at other public hospitals during the year. If your hospital is interested, please contact

Giant Sunflower Seeds Plant and enjoy!

Our article about nontoxic plants for seeing, touching, feeling, and smelling can be viewed in the latest issue of Family Care. We thank King's Seeds for offering 100 packets of the giant Skyscraper seeds for readers who want to try Jo Ellis's ideas to create a safe garden. Her son Harvey has Cri du Chat Syndrome. Would you or someone you know like a packet of Skyscraper seeds to grow in your own garden? Email or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Carers NZ, PO Box 133, Mangonui Far North 0442.

Best wishes for the New Year! If you want to ensure you are aware of available sources of government and community help for carers, please request a free information pack. Phone us at 0800 777 797. Bulk inquiries are welcome, but we ask for a koha to assist with courier costs for multiple packs.


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