Support : Advocacy & Support

* Background Advocacy Information

There may be times in your life when it would be helpful for you to have other people assist you with: your decision making, filling out forms, changing your circumstances, speaking up for yourself, or communicating with government and community agencies.
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AJ's Day Options Trust

AJ’s Day Options provides a range of day services for peple with an intellectual disability. AJ’s aims to ensure that the persons choice is the main focus for what activities are provided by the service. Target Group: People with an intellectual disability over 18 years old.
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Autism Services

Provides a range of support services for people on the autism spectrum (particularly with Aspergers Syndrome) who might not have all the confidence, skills or experience needed to manage the challenges of modern life.
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Autlink Foundation

Provides training and support around the specific needs of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including those with Asperger Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disorder, to help them live in our world.
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C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E Services Trust - Counselling, Assessment of Needs, Resources & information, Equity. The Trust was formed to provide Support and Advocacy for families of children with disabilities. Lillian is also contracted by Waikato District Health Board Disabilty Support Link as Needs Assessor.
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Canterbury Step Out Centre

Provides a unique service for adults with severe physical disabilities, (members may also have intellectual disabilities).
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Caring for Carers

Caring for Carers Inc. supports unwaged carers of a family member or friend with a mental, intellectual or physical illness.
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Christchurch Methodist Mission

We respond to urgent needs but also encourage people to up-skill, gain confidence and participate positively in their own futures. We seek to break the cycle of difficult circumstances and offer new opportunities and hope for individuals and families. We believe that most people given the right support, the right opportunities and chances, do have the ability to make positive change in their lives - a better future for themselves and their families.
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Citizens Advice Bureau North Canterbury

To ensure individuals do not suffer through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities, or of the services available; or through an inability to express their needs effectively.
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Counselling for Men

Provide counselling and have a specific interest in caring for men.
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Dyspraxia Support Group

To increase knowledge and understanding of Developmental Dyspraxia and to ensure that children and families impacted by Developmental Dyspraxia are supported with resources and opportunities to reach their full potential.
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Enrich Community Chaplaincy

Enrich is a new Christian ecumenical chaplaincy service for people with intellectual disabilities.
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LifeStart Inc

LifeStart provide support for individuals with a borderline to mild level of intellectual disability to assist them to achieve their potential.
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Nationwide Health & Disability Advocacy Services

Aims to assist consumers to achieve consumer-centred health and disability services and resolve complaints. An advocate will assist consumers who believe their rights under the Code of Rights have been breached.
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New Zealand Down Syndrome Association

To provide information and support to families/whanau of people with Down syndrome
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NZ Foundation for Conductive Education

NZFCE is the umbrella group for the facilities in NZ that provide the Conductive Education programme for children and young persons with motor disorder (conditions such as cerebral palsy).
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Open Home Foundation Canterbury

Child & Family Support Service - Christian service providing social work support to families and care and protection for children.
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Parent to Parent

Parent to Parent is a nationwide, not for profit organisation. It was formed in 1983 by a group of parents and professionals who believed in the value of parents supporting parents when faced with the challenge of parenting a child with a disability, health impairment or special need. Through a network of regional groups and trained volunteer Support Parents we provide information and support to thousands of families each year.
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Parents of Vision Impaired

Supports and Empowers parents and whanau who are raising blind and vision impaired children
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People First

People First New Zealand is a Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) that is led and directed by people with learning (intellectual) disability. Membership is free and open to all people who identify as having learning disability, over the age of 18 years.
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Ross Brereton Consulting

Advocating for the rights of disabled students/people to inclusive education and employment. The Consultancy offers extensive experience in the human rights and advocacy of disabled people (refer to website)
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The Personal Advocacy Trust Inc

The Trust provides advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities who no longer have parents.
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Vaka Tautua

Contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of Pacific people in Aotearoa.
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Volunteering Canterbury

To promote, support, and uphold the integrity of voluntary work with commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Voluntary work is done of one’s own free will, unpaid, for the common good.
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Whetu Star

Our vision is to support families and their children with disabilities, as they seek to lead their children in God’s ways.
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