April 2024


Mind over Manner Special Neurodiversity Workshops to Waihi

March 2024:

Support for Mental Wellbeing

Anxiety New Zealand – Empowered is a free, self-paced, online course from Anxiety NZ to support your mental wellbeing.

  • You will receive practical, easy to implement ideas to support your own and others’ mental health.
  • You’ll build new skills and come away with your own personalised well-being plan to support your wellbeing goals now, and into the future.

These tools are for everyone. Your whānau. Your friends. Your workmates, and our community. When people see you taking care of your mental wellbeing, they may be inspired to do so as well. When you’re thriving, you can help others thrive too!  There are 10 sections you can engage in in many ways. There are videos, a text-based version and an audio version. From what wellbeing is, to mental wellbeing for those with long-term disabilities, how to make a personal wellbeing plan and how to help loved ones with their mental wellbeing while protecting themselves from caregiver burnout. Each section also has a worksheet to summarize and to help you to work on your goals.  Sign up here Stay connected for helpful tips and free resources: Subscribe to our newsletter here! Click here for the flyer.

Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People would like to hear from disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori, families and parents as they plan to invest in the community to create supports that will sustain a disabled person and whānau wellbeing. Specifically they want to know:

    • what would build your whānau wellbeing
    • what would make respite plans easy to use, including connecting with mainstream supports and opportunities

Tell Whaikaha about your community’s priorities, what they have got right and what you’d like to see that’s different or needs changing. They want to hear the stories of whānau who have tried new things to improve their wellbeing. To attend a hui @ Disability Connect 10am Thursday 28th March email

Digital Programmes for Training and Job Hunting (MSD) are offering free online and digital programmes to help you train for a job, get qualified, and find a job that’s right for you. Click here for more information.

February 2024:

Mapura – Stroke Art Therapy by Māpura Studios – Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.30pm; Proposed dates 23 April – 9 July 2024
For all people living with Stroke-affect, join us for a special 12-week intensive Art Therapy programme. This group-centred enquiry process initiates a journey of self-reflection and in-depth examination of the experience of having stroke-affect. Art forms are introduced as tools and ways by which participants can explore emotionally and psychologically, providing insight, healing, and resolution – assisting rehabilitation, and renewing motivation and purpose in life. The group environment provides a sense of connection and community for those who may be isolated in their experience; a place to constructively & safely share & be heard. The process is dynamic & life-enhancing. Cost: $100. For enquiries and enrolments, email Ursula Valeli  or phone 09 845 5361.

Neuroscience And Trauma Informed Network Aotearoa (NATINA) Rōpū Hui 2024 – Our vision is to create inclusive, safe, trauma informed schools and communities where every ākonga belongs, learns and thrives. Our mission is to promote, support, educate and advocate for neuroscience and trauma informed (NTI) approaches that enable inclusion, learning and holistic wellbeing of all ākonga. Our endeavour is to support the parent/whanau community and emerging networks of professionals who are keen to be more inclusive and trauma informed within the relevant spaces in their roles and within communities. If you are interested in this space, do email us for any queries and if you wish to receive calendar invites to the rōpū hui and other events Click here for zoom links
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Star-Jam: New StarJam online workshops for young people with disabilities featuring games, dancing, singing and your favourite music – with all that comes with a StarJam workshop. All of our workshops are created to connect Jammers with their passions, peers and the wider community through workshops, gigs and events; this includes reaching our online whānau. With a maximum of 15 participants and an expert online tutor our online workshop will be a fun place to connect, share music, dance and games. Our 4 – 5.30pm Thursday online workshop is for those tamariki and young people where online suits best or you don’t have an in person StarJam workshop in your area. Please send an expression of interest.

January 2024:

Recovery Office Community Liaison Central-East – 2 February 2024 – Newsletter Includes Surveys, workshops, grants and more.
Click flyers for more information – Storm Recovery Support, Weathering the Strom Mangere April 24, Weathering the storm Mt Roskill May 24

Wilson Home Trust – Wilson Home Trust offers a range of grants that aim to assist and improve the lives of children and young adults with physical disabilities, and their whanau. If you are really struggling with back-to-school costs, you may be eligible for an emergency grant.