Parent / Caregivers
We provide parents and caregivers of children with physical disabilities support and resources to help them navigate the health and disability sector. There is a minefield of information out there on offer for families but often you need help knowing the following:
- Where to go?
- What to ask for?
- And, how to go about looking?
You will have a lot of contact with both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education for disability support needs. It is important to keep an eye on their website information as often policies can change depending on new governments and funding criterion. The Ministry of Health contracts a local organisation which will be responsible for your Needs Assessment & Service Co-ordination (NASC).
The Ministry of Social Development publishes a handy 'Guide for Carers' that can be downloaded from HERE
Other Organisations that provide support in terms of workshops, guidance and resource material,
- Care Matters is a national carer learning and wellbeing resource service. They run workshops and events in communities to provide learning opportunities. And work closely with MyCare, a national matching service for caregivers to source support carers.
- Complex Care Group is a support and information network for a special group of carers, run by carers, who look after young people with complex needs. The carers who run this group have had many years of experience communicating to Ministry of Health, funders and other providers and are a valued source of information and support.
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a registered Charitable Trust operating throughout New Zealand providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis. Their vision is for a community where grandparents raising grandchildren are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for this grandchildren.
- Disability Connect is a non-government organisation (NGO) that provides a wealth of information about the disability sector. The service is primarily available for the Auckland region, offering informative workshops and seminars. They publish a handy 'Disability Support Guide' that can be downloaded HERE.