CCS DISABILITY ACTION WAITAKI May 2009 NEWSLETTER TE HUNGA HAUA MAURI MO NGA TANGATA KATOA SESSIONS WITH NIGEL LATTA (S.C Te Rito Collaborative proudly sponsors a community forum with Nigel Latta) A session for Women Topic: Violence and Abuse The Effects and impact on Women A session to create public awareness about violence and abuse and the impact this has on families and communities. Date: 20 May 2009 Time: 1-2pm Venue: Sopheze on the Bay, Timaru A session for Men Topic: Violence and Abuse The Effects and Impact on Men as role models, providers, fathers, sons and partners. “Violence is a learned behaviour, and behaviour can be unlearned” Please note same date and venue for Men’s session: Time: 7- 8pm FREE FOR ALL “This newsletter is proudly funded by the NZ Lottery Grants Board” A Regional View: The Regional Manager’s Column: April 2009 As I write this column, the regional team is in the final stages of budget finalisation. Once the draft branch budgets have been completed, they will then go to the Local Executive Committees for their feedback and hopefully sign-off, then to the CEO and national accountant and finally to the Board for sign-off by the end of June. The priority has been to ensure each branch’s financial sustainability while maintaining services and also staff wellbeing as much as possible in these tough economic times. A draft of CCS Disability Action’s national strategic priorities has now been discussed with branch chairs of Local Executive and Local Advisory Committees around the country and has been circulated to staff for their input and comment. The comment to date has been positive; mainly questions around the implications of the changes and some requests for more clarification of the messages. The National Management Team, consisting of Regional Managers, CEO and senior National Office staff, will have another look at the document and then it will go to the Board again for a final discussion and sign-off. Waitaki branch has completed a consultation process with key stakeholders around the proposal to sell the Fernbrook Road property. The Waitaki Local Executive Committee has approved a management proposal to close Fernbrook Road within seven months, provided the three current residents there are supported into suitable alternative accommodation over that period. The decision has been made because we do not consider that CCS Disability Action needs to be in the business of being a landlord as well as providing the support for people in residential environments. Splitting the ownership of the accommodation from the support we will continue to provide, allows the resident much greater control over their own life and helps to ensure the person’s living environment can be as much like a home and not an institution, as possible. In addition, the continued financial loss the Fernbrook Road service was incurring was a key factor in the timing of this decision. Waitaki branch will of course continue to support people in their own living environments; a key service for the branch I’d like to thank Waitaki staff, governance, residents and their families for their patience and forbearance in working through this process. We appreciate it will likely be a stressful time for residents and their families as we work through the transition but believe that in the long term, the decision will be of significant benefit to the current residents. Paul Martin, Regional Manager Phone 03 479 6882 Mobile 027 280 5104 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org CIRCUS QUIRKUS The Rotary Club of Dunedin would like to invite Children and Families to attend Circus Quirkus 2009 at the Dunedin Town Hall at 5.30pm on Wednesday 20th May 2009. “Circus Quirkus is a non animal circus spectacular and family fun experience. A unique showcase of the finest performers from all around the world.” Please contact Jo on 437 9024 for free tickets to the show ASAP as tickets are limited. Enquire about possible transport. Thank you for the following grants\support received recently: Russell Bryant and the team at Laser Electrical who donated their time to do a few electrical jobs around our office Eagles Golfing Society - Donation UNDERSTANDING EPILEPSY SEMINAR Educational seminar presented by the Epilepsy Association of NZ Otago Branch) Seminar covers: What is epilepsy. What causes epilepsy, recognition of seizure type, seizure triggers, antiepileptic medication, first aid for seizures, life style issues. Date/Time Thursday 18 June 2009 at 1pm Venue: Meeting Room, Oamaru Hospital Phone: (03) 471 6207 for more information FREE CONTINENCE EDUCATION WORKSHOP 2009 The NZ Continence Association has developed free learning programmes about adult and child continence problems, assessment and treatment Venue: Victoria Hotel, Dunedin Date: 11 June 2009 Sessions: Adults at 9am -12pm Childrens at 1- 4pm For registration form or more info please email email@example.com OPEN SPACE SYMPOSIUM WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY? “CONVERSATIONS ON SUPPORTED LIVING” Thursday June 4th 2009 VENUE: Museum of NZ: Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington For more info and registration: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.slnz.org.nz AUTISM AT SCHOOL – DVD RESOURCE AVAILABLE For children on the autism spectrum, school can be a frightening, even sickening, place. A child’s ability to learn can be greatly affected by anxiety and difficulty understanding teachers and other students. DVDs can be purchased. Contact Jude Smith on 027 2411423 Email judesmi@gmail .com EASY FUNDRAISING Support CCS Disability Action Waitaki Check out www.yourfastshop.co.nz RONALD MCDONALD FAMILY RETREAT, ROTORUA Provides one week’s free accommodation for immediate family of chronically ill children and for bereaved families. Eligible families are defined as those with a child with a chronic/long term illness, a family that has suffered recent loss of a child or families with a parent a life threatening illness. The Retreat consists of two houses both of which are wheelchair accessible. If you would like to know more, please phone 0800 1122 82 or email email@example.com ANZ PARTNERS Are you buying a home, a business or reviewing your current mortgage arrangement? ANZ partners is a fundraising tool enabling us to raise money. ( The concept is simple; if you or someone you know is buying a business, a home or refinancing their current mortgage of $50,000 or more, let your ANZ banker know to pay the referral credits to CCS Disability Action. It is that Easy!! Referrals can be made by contacting: Cheryl Tetlow 433 1708 at Oamaru Branch Disclaimer: The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of CCS Disability Action.