With the Waitemata District Health Board as trustee, the Trust’s Committee of Management is dedicated to supporting physically disabled children, young people and their families as its top priority.
The committee’s aim is to give young physically disabled people and their families support and resources to help deal with challenges they may face. The Committee of Management is only too aware of the magnificence of The Wilson Home Trust and of the interest of the wider community in ensuring that its assets are always utilised as it was originally intended – to help children with physical disabilities.
The committee's definition of a primary physical disability is:
- Physical disabilities are those which primarily impair function of body and/or limbs. Additional sensory (vision, hearing,) and intellectual ( cognitive, behavioural, mental,) disabilities may be present, but will not be the primary reason for the funds requested.
- The child or young person’s disability needs to be described in terms of the impairments, activity limitations and/or participation restrictions, as per the terms used by the World Health Organisation: “Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations”. (https://www.who.int/topics/disabilities/en/ ). Causes may include a range of medical diagnoses, congenital or acquired.
The role of the committee
The Wilson Home Trust Committee of management is appointed by the Trustee, the Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) and the Auckland Branch of CCS Disability Action. The Committee takes responsibility for the effective governance of the Trust and delegates a number of day to day management functions to the Trust staff, in particular the Trust Manager.