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YOUNG ADULTS

See also – Transition from school and Leaving home

The following organisations provide day services, respite and/or vocational programmes for adults.

A.I.M. (Adults in Motion) Incorporated

A day program for adults with developmental disABILITIES
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Agape Homes Trust

Agape is an inter-denominational Christian ministry based in West Auckland, providing residential and vocational services.
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Ambury Park Riding Centre

The vocational programme provides a life skills course for people, eighteen and over with an intellectual disability.
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AttainAble Trust

Helping people with disabilities to gain confidence and lead meaningful lives.
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Some of their service users have been able to learn a skill and an income in their commercially run kitchen, read more»

Creative Abilities

Creative Abilities are a dedicated team who work alongside people who have physical and/or intellectual impairments. We work in partnership with individuals to create a friendly, stimulating, happy and safe environment by providing a holistic service. We assist people to live a quality lifestyle, providing support in all aspects of daily living, including opportunities to meet with others and participate in the local community.
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Eastgate Community Trust

Eastgate offer a day service programme and a respite/transition Service.
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Emerge Aotearoa

Emerge Aotearoa’s Flexible Disability Support Service is an exciting new service! It provides young people leaving school who have received ORS funding with the opportunity to design their own service. This is done utilising your personal budget that has been approved through NASC.

The support you request could include:

  • help to access community activities and social and recreational groups
  • parenting support
  • education and employment options
  • budgeting support

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Hohepa (Helios)

Hohepa’s day service called “Helios” provides vocational and community participation services for people who live residentially at Hohepa and for independent clients who might live with their family, in their own home, or at a residential service provider other than Hohepa.
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Idea Services

IHC, through IDEA Services, supports adults of all ages with intellectual disabilities to live in their own homes and be part of their local communities.
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Kaleidocare NZ (VHN)

Kaleidocare (based in Pukekohe) have a Day Programme for young adults upon leaving school who have high and complex health, intellectual and/or social needs. This runs from 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday. The aim is to have our clients out and about, enjoying activities in the community.

We are a Very High Needs DisAbility service that offers a centre based and home-based day programme for young adults. Contact details: (09) 239 3701 or 021 2225334

Kotuku Trust

“A Supported Life” (the service provision of the Kotuku Trust) has a dynamic and holistic approach to service delivery, offering a very wide range of support options and opportunity within the 3 service entities – Residential Support and Guidance, Supported Living and the creative space, two4nine which encompasses community connections and employment oversight.
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LifeKidz Trust (VHN)

Our community day programme is suitable for young adults with Very High Needs (fully funded). Our objective is to achieve a fulfilled and rewarding life in our community.

Our programme incorporates a range of activities e.g. physical activities such as swimming, games and walking. Activities with a social and cognitive component include baking, craft and music. There is an emphasis on utilizing the resources of our local community, so we participate in ‘adventures’ to local community centres, art galleries, libraries, parks and areas of interest.
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Matea Trust

Matea Trust is a registered charitable trust. They provide residential support and living conditions as close to family living as possible. The house caters for up to 7 men. The Trust also offers:

  • carer support to families
  • employment opportunities

This service is for men only.

Millenium 21 Trust

Millennium 21 Trust provides a day service at the Maurice Paykel Centre in Panmure for very high needs intellectually disabled adults. Phone: 527 3885 or mpcentre@xtra.co.nz

New Dawn Partnership

Milford, North Shore

New Dawn Partnership is a day programme for adults (21yrs+) with physical and intellectual disabilities. They provide a high quality community participation day programme that values the individual, supporting them to thrive, grow, and contribute. They have several different programs including music, art, health and fitness, community out reach, and many more.

For general inquiries, email info@newdawnpartnership.org or phone 09 486 4869.

Ranfurly Care

Ranfurly Care Society – a caring environment for people with Intellectual disabilities that offers a range of services, including activity centre day programmes.
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Real World Living Trust

Provides services such as life skills, work preparation, communication, health and fitness and computer skills through programmes partly funded through the Ministry of Social Development and ACC. Phone (09) 2995304 or email janette@realworldliving.co.nz

Shore Trust

Shore Trust provides a homely environment and quality lifestyle with a focus on supporting pathways to community inclusion for people with an intellectual disability.
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Spectrum Care

One of the ways Spectrum Care offer support is through their Aspirations service. Through a wide range of programme options, our Aspirations team supports people to develop skills in communication, advocacy, education, personal development, making and keeping friends, interpreting social situations and preparing for employment.

Cooking, fitness and personal presentation, using public transport, social interaction and skill development, arts and crafts, and sports are just some of the options offered.
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Te Apiti Trust

Te Apiti Trust is an organisation that provides residential and vocational services for people with an intellectual disability. The Trust provides 24/7 care to 12 people in 3 facilities on the North Shore in Auckland. The Trust supports these people with everyday life-skills, community participation and inclusion and tries to provide and promote the highest quality of life possible for all its residents. Their day program is focused on teaching people vocational skills and putting the skills into practise. The Trust has a free-range egg business where all residents fully participate. There is also a gardening program and pathway to inclusion community. Phone: (09) 444 8313.

Te Rori a Mua Trust

Te Rori a Mua Trust was established in 1993 on a rural setting to provide a 24/7 residential service and a day program during the week for adults with an intellectual disability. The meaning of Te Rori A Mua is “the road ahead” and this provides the foundation to ensure the organisation focuses on the future to provide quality services to meet the needs, aspirations and wellbeing of people with intellectual disability and their families.
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Thrive @ Geneva Elevator

A programme based in Sandringham assisting young people with diverse abilities to achieve their personal best.

Geneva Elevator offers a service to young school leavers moving from the school environment into adult programmes. We work together to develop a personalised plan based on each young person’s goals, needs, capabilities and aspirations.

THRIVE is funded by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). The funding is to support each person to develop a life plan around community participation.
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For an extensive list of disability providers, see The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) website»

See also the ‘Socialising’ section of our website»