PLYMOUTH — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH is holding four training sessions from October 19 through November 16 in Plymouth to help increase the number of specially trained advocates available.
CASA volunteers advocate for children in our state who have been abused or neglected. Unfortunately, in the last several months, CASA of NH has had to decline working with some of the children who need advocacy the most throughout the Plymouth and Lakes region area due to a shortage of volunteers.
Currently, there are about 400 everyday heroes who voluntarily advocate for kids and youth throughout the state with CASA. These 400 volunteers are able to meet the need of about 80% of the children and youth who have been abused
Training is led by CASA supervisors as well as a local family law attorney, social worker and foster parent, and covers a wide array of topics to best prepare each advocate for the child or sibling group they choose to work with. Once trained, CASA volunteers are appointed a staff supervisor who is available to support them in court and for all questions, concerns and assistance they need throughout the process.
Volunteers do not need a legal or social work background. They do need to be 21 years of age, have a high school diploma, ability to attend court hearings approximately every three months, the time to meet with the child once a month and the time to talk with various people involved in the child's life. Transportation and computer skills are essential.
Volunteers are expected to commit to the length of time that it takes for a safe, permanent plan to be established for the child or youth. While this amount of time can vary widely, the average length of a case is 22 months. CASA volunteers become the expert on the child, represent their best interests by making independent and objective recommendations and really make a difference to a child or youth in need.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 07:51
Residents from Forestview Manor decided to honor Hometown Heroes on September 11 by baking and delivering homemade cookies and treats. Residents stopped by the Meredith Police Department, where Meredith Police Officer Robert Donnelly gratefully accepted homemade baked goods from a group of Forestview Residents, eager to show their appreciation for all of the work the Meredith Police Department does to keep the community safe. Pearl, Terry, Claire, Evelyn, Rita, Marge, and Carolyn came to represent 76 Forestview residents, many of whom pitched in to prepare the homemade goodies. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 07:46
MEREDITH — Grace Wellness Center in Meredith will be hosting an Introduction to Shamanic Journeying at the Fitness Edge in Meredith on Thursday, October 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Shamanic Journeying is an ancient practice of meditation done to the beat of a drum. The beat of the drum is said to make it easier for the mind to journey to another state of consciousness. The meditation is to connect with Mother Earth and the animals.
Participants will be sitting and lying on the floor, comfortable clothes, mat, pillow, and blanket are recommended. Suggested reading for class: Animal Speak by Ted Andrews, or Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer, or any other reference you have.
Light refreshments and coffee will be available at Grace Wellness Center a few doors down from Fitness Edge following the meditation.
The class will be taught by Kimberly, a Certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher, a Level II Integrative Energy Therapy Practitioner and a Spiritual Intuitive. She is a recipient of the Munay-Ki Rites, and has attended classes in Advanced Shamanic Reiki.
Cost is $35. Class size is limited. Call to reserve a space at 603-707-2071.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:07
GILFORD — Designed as a fundraising event for the Patrick's Pub Mania event, the Mania Shuffle is gaining traction with 60 "shufflers" participating this past week. "Like Pub Mania, this is about combining fun and making an difference together" explains Patrick's co-owner Allan Beetle and Pub Mania Head Referee. "It's a unique way to be part of our Pub Mania event while getting outside for some exercise and fun".
The 2 ½ mile course begins at Patrick's parking lot in Gilford and meanders over and through the beautiful Meadowbrook property before looping back to Patrick's. Organizers stress that the Mania Shuffle is not designed to be a competitive event. The $10 entry fee will be donated to the Pub Mania team of your choice and includes a complimentary beverage and chance to win in a post-shuffle raffle.
The Mania Shuffle will run through October 30, rain or shine, and participants who complete the course at least 5 times get a special, limited edition Mania Shuffle T Shirt. Start time is now 5:45 p.m. but will move to earlier times in the coming weeks so that participants can be off the road before it is too dark.
100% of the proceeds of the Mania Shuffle will pass through to the LNH Children's Auction and on to children, families and programs here in the Lakes Region. Last year Pub Mania raised $165,300 for the LNH Children's Auction and has now raised $384,570 in the first four years of the event.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:02