TLC Thames Linking Communities

TLC is a Jigsaw initiative started in Thames to foster the wellbeing and happiness of our community particularly children.

Contact Sally Christie 027 286 4727

Location: Community and health Organisations
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Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2014

TLC - Thames Linking Communities - A Jigsaw Initiative

Invigorating community spirit so communities can look after their own

A ground breaking new project has begun in Thames, inspiring everyday people in our communities to get alongside each other so that supporting local families to raise their children safely becomes a normal part of community life. More...

Aims; help children through community support

The aim is to mobilise community strength and connections to help all children thrive and reach their potential. It will focus on prompting people to notice when children and families need extra help. More...

Getting everyone's ideas and organising to get them happening

The Thames Linking Communities (TLC) project starts with a mass conversation in Thames, engaging with a wide variety of people. Then they are being encouraged to generate new ideas about what else they can all do so that all their local children grow up safely. More...

Turning around the high rates of abuse and neglect in NZ

Turning around New Zealand’s high rates of child abuse and neglect requires a fundamental change in the balance between professional social services and community caring.

“Jigsaw is well placed to do this because our network of partners means we have agencies in local communities already that have prevention of child abuse and neglect as their primary focus,” Sally says.More...

Recording our story so we can share it for others to learn from

A condition of the Todd Foundation grant is that lessons learned from each community are documented and their stories shared with others through a range of media. More...

Discussion Forum

How should we organise the next TLC event 1 Reply

Maybe a big hangi? Or a pig roast. Nice to cook with people as well as be catered for.Continue

Tags: TLC, meeting

Started by mark skelding. Last reply by Sheena Beaton Nov 25, 2010.

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Comment by Annie Lammas on March 9, 2011 at 17:49

Today Martin went down to Te Korowai and signed up as a volunteer driver for their hospital service. :D


See you all on Sunday at the picnic. We'll be there with our TLC T-Shirts and bells on.

Comment by jude Lay on February 9, 2011 at 16:56
Keep up the good work..looking forward to more connection whatever that looks jude
Comment by Helen Cox on February 9, 2011 at 15:06

Hi Sally,


I dont have children and I have been living by myself in Thames, but I got to know my neighbours pretty well and that made a huge difference to me. At the TLC meeting me and my partner in the first exercise decided we would like to pick an 'action' to take from the event- introducing ourselves to our immediate neighbours. Being an Aucklander this was really a step outside of my comfort zone, but I thought this was really something that happens in small towns so I should do it too. Turns out my neighbours and I had a lot in common and I definately feel included in a community when I know the people who live nearby.

Comment by sally christie on February 8, 2011 at 11:33
Thanks so much for this Rowan   Sal
Comment by Rowan Campbell on February 8, 2011 at 11:22

Hi Sally, I have been saying hello to groups of teenagers as I pass them. Making a conscious effort to engage, just a howzit or lwlright guys rather than crossing in mutual silence, which seems to be the norm.


Just a little thing and I have noticed that at least one group now knows I am going to say G'day and there is a mutual acknowledgement that we kind of know each other.

Comment by sally christie on February 7, 2011 at 9:58

Me again. The next gathering of TLC will be very early March. We are just confirming a venue today. In the meantime can anyone tell us a story about how our thinking together about what works has changed their interaction with children and their families. An actual example would be great. A few lines is all I need.Thanks a mill



Comment by sally christie on January 31, 2011 at 18:37
Sounds a good idea to me. The DVD filmed on the TLC day in Ooctober is very close to being available. I was planning a gathering when that was ready. The idea of each participant bringing another person would be excellent. kaye and I will be in touch soon  Cheers   Sal     Enjoyed my short time with you up the valley as well!
Comment by Shirley Greer on January 31, 2011 at 16:20
I'd love a get together with food, and the idea of each person bringing someone new is a great way to expand the connections. I'm keen on bringing people together and seeing how we can share our resources more and also our skills. We could support others in the community in a way that only involves giving freely of time, willingness to pass on our skills and share whatever resources we have. What about an invitation to bring either an item or an offer to help someone with your time, that you could swap with another person? Who are the people out there with practical skills, gardening, sewing, wood workers, painters, people who know how to preserve fruit, cooks, child carers, shoppers, cleaners, drivers.....whatever. How can we come together and support each other? Lets become more empowered and get to meet more people in our community.
Comment by sally christie on December 10, 2010 at 8:46
Hello every body. The elves continue to work on our video but Dec 16th has come to early. The launch of the TLC video and a conversation about Where to from here will be rescheduled in the New Year. Keep playing with how we link together in our everyday lives. I'd love to hear your stories and thoughts. Kind Regards Sally
Comment by jude Lay on November 25, 2010 at 21:09
Hello everyone..I like the idea of doing a foodie thing...always nice to make food for others and also taste other peoples food/ideas...

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