Boost for group
A new range of resources for parents of children with disabilities is now in the library at CCS Disability Action Southland.
Southern regional manager Joy Gunn said the $1700 came from the ANZ Staff Foundation and went towards books, workbooks, games and puzzles that would used by about 20 Southland families.
Ms Gunn said the resources would help parents, siblings, and caregivers know what questions to ask, and help increase self-esteem in people with disabilities.
''I think this is huge. Lots of families don't know if they're having the right conversations with their children. These resources bring out how people feel, and identify strengths.''
In recent years CCS Disability Action had been conscious of delivering services that disabled people actually wanted, she said. They were providing services that helped people achieve goals they had set for themselves.
The ANZ Staff Foundation is a charitable trust which ANZ staff make donations to. The bank matches the donations dollar-for-dollar.
Ms Gunn said another $1700 had also come to the action group from James Hargest College after the school held a mufti-day recently.
Practical help also came from the Southern Institute of Technology, who had sourced the material.
''Southland has been well supported by the community,'' she said.
This was especially needed because of challenges with government funding going to disability services, she said.
The Southland Times