Thriving with ADHD 2023!
What a great time we had at this years Thriving With ADHD event in October! It was magnificent to see the event so well attended, and many on the ADHD journey (one way or another), being inspired and encouraged with our panelists stories and experiences about how they are making ADHD work for them and manage it for their enjoyment and success.
Entrepreneur-Jared Donkin from 'Screen Grab', Darren & Michelle Englebrecht owners of 'Naturally Wood' and Briar Englebrecht: Otago Med Student , shared the struggles and their tips on managing ADHD with authenticity, frankness and humour! All in the room would have found something they could relate to, and be encouraged by.
A few of our amazing students from The Runway Foundation's ADDventurers Programme, shared their thoughts on what it's like to have an 'ADHD Brain', you can enjoy these also by checking out their short movie below.
Our MC Walter Neilands hosted fun games with the audience, creating much excitement as multiple participants left with a great prize to be enjoyed with their whanau. The prizes included a $150 dinner voucher to Jessica's restaurant, $150 Pukekohe Cinema Voucher & Rebel Sport Vouchers.
Finally, to wrap up the evening a magnificently delicious supper was enjoyed while guests enjoyed catching up with each other, and having further Q&A time with the panelists.
A huge thank you to all who contributed to making this a fabulous night! And to those who traveled near & far to join us - you are fabulous! We look forward to Thriving With ADHD 2024! Please let us know if you'd like to be on our mailing list so you don't miss out, by emailing: email@example.com.
What is it like to have an ADHD Brain?
Enjoy these thoughts from a few of the students from The Runway Foundation's, ADDventurers Programme
Friends of Runway Summer Picnic 2023
Childrens Day Family Fun 2023
On Saturday 4th March Runway was honoured to be invited to participate with other great local organisations that support our children to have a fun day celebrating our countries official day of celebrating the children of New Zealand. The event was held at the Nga Hau E Wha Marae, and was a day for all of the family to enjoy, with live music and entertainment, and of course food! Our 'guess the lollies in the jar' was a great hit.
It was also a time to be introduced to these other amazing local organisations that provide valuable support to our children and whanau's, and to learn about the services that are available to us all.
At our Runway stand everybody had an opportunity to colour a 'feather' to together create our ADDventurers korowai, which is now proudly hanging in the Pukekohe Police Station. It was a hot, fun & relaxed time with our community, enjoyed by all.
A Night with ADHD NZ
Recently, ADHD New Zealand hosted informative events in Auckland and Wellington, partnering with the Australian ADHD Professional Association (aadpa) to learn about their new clinical guidelines for ADHD. Several of Runway's Team members attended the presentation which highlighted where the evidence of the research led in terms of changing practice, and how NZ clinicians can be supported in the adoption of best practice.
There was thorough, insightful, relevant information for our Runway Team that we are working through to direct and inform the services we offer and how we go about these. Of particular confirmation was that the non-medicated support services of equipping parents with training, & ADHD coaching support for children & youth, is highly important for the child's success and the whole families wellbeing. Support in school is also essential, highlighting the importance of students diagnosed with ADHD to be under the care of the Schools learning support co-ordinators. These are all services we love to provide & advocate for at Runway through our ADDventurers programmes, so it's great to know that officially, and clinically, according to this report – we are on target!
In discussion with the other professionals at the event, it was obvious that New Zealand has a long way to go to be able to provide the diagnosis and treatment services that our families need, so that they are available to all throughout the country. It is something that we need to be working on together to improve. We are grateful to have an organisation such as ADHD NZ to be advocating for all of our families on this journey, at a national government level. They are pushing forward, and we encourage their support in any way you can. Joining them as a member helps them to be able to have the financial resource to move faster, for the benefit of us all.
In days to come, we will be providing a platform of information and discussion on these new guidelines through our Parent Support Group. We encourage you to take a look at them, and join in the discussion to learn more about what is available, and what works, adding our own Kiwi flavour and context to the korero. Knowledge is power, and we need this power to build the 'runway' for our kids together, so that they can fly.
The new Australian guidelines can be downloaded at this address: https://adhdguideline.aadpa.com.au/.
Would you like to know more about ADHD NZ? You can find them here: https://www.adhd.org.nz/