A word from Cynthia

The many friends of True Colours

I am inspired by the "Friends of True Colours", a group of people that are committed to raising funds for True Colours and to profile the organisation. Diane O'Sullivan set the group up initially and was coordinator until this year; she has now handed this role over to Amanda Graham but will continue to be [...]

By | February 20th, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Committed to best practice

As I continue to think about what is important for children and young people particularly in regard to serious illness I endeavour to stay within the philosophy of True Colours which is "listening to the voice of children and young people honouring their rights and wishes". This guides my own personal practice of making a [...]

By | February 2nd, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Therapeutic space complete thanks to Paul Newman Own Foundation

We are well and truly into the New Year and enjoying the reconnections with families, health professionals, sponsors and businesses. I hope there was opportunity for everyone to enjoy some time with family, friends and enjoy the sunshine somewhere. The exciting news for True Colours is that we have finally got the downstairs therapeutic spaces [...]

By | January 25th, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

A time to reflect

The year is drawing to a close and it is timely to reflect back and remember the different connections we have had with others throughout the year. The True Colours team has met with many seriously ill children and their families who have been touched by grief, sadness, fear and exhaustion. We have celebrated the [...]

By | December 23rd, 2009|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Feeling the fear

Stephen and I ran a health professionals training day on 14th December at Waikato hospital Bryant Education Centre. The topic of the day was; "When you feel the fear and have to do it anyway". The child's, families and health professionals perspectives were covered. Children often inform us that they have "sick feeling in my [...]

By | December 15th, 2009|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Presenting what we learn from children and families

Stephen Parkinson and I presented at the Paediatric Society Conference held in Hamilton on 25th November. We presented - 'Head & Heart: Psychological and Spiritual Issues for Children - the Quality of Being with Seriously Ill Children'. Psychological and spiritual aspects of care are often given lip service but not understood. This was explored within [...]

By | November 30th, 2009|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

“When the heart keeps beating”

Last week I attended the Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand national conference in Wellington. The theme of the conference was - 'United we stand - Strengthening the Links'. The Hon Tariana Turia - Associate Minister of Health gave the opening address. In her speech she spoke of an integrated approach and collaboration of services in [...]

By | November 16th, 2009|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

A true community organisation

10 November 2009 True Colours Charitable Trust was set up in 2004 to meet the needs of seriously ill children, young people and their families. The vision was that this would be a community organisation and that the community would benefit from having specialist nursing and psychological support to meet the needs of this population [...]

By | November 10th, 2009|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments