Supporting people with disabilities through mentoring
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden
The people we mentor inspire us – in fact we often feel we learn more from them than the other way around. Many face challenges that make it difficult to do things that most of us take for granted. But do they let that stop them – no way. The team at Interactionz feel hugely privileged to be a part of their journey, working alongside them to develop the skills they need to live a more rewarding and independent life.
After 50 years supporting people with disabilities in the Hamilton region, we don’t see limitations, we see possibilities. Big ones. And once we’ve helped you get a taste of what you can achieve, your vision of how your life could be tends to expand in exponential leaps. Then it’s our pleasure to watch as you set out to achieve it, step by step.
Interactionz are committed to mentoring as we believe it is the most sustainable and rewarding way to support people with disabilities. Our focus is on helping you to develop the skills and confidence you need to live a more rewarding and independent life.
Working directly with people with disabilities.
We receive funding from the Ministry of Social Development to provide services. To be eligible for a funded service you need to be:
- Currently living in New Zealand.
- A New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident, or hold an appropriate open work permit, or be recognised as a refugee or protected person.
- Aged 16 to 64, or over 65 and not qualified to receive New Zealand Superannuation (note: people placed in employment before age 65 may continue to receive ongoing support to maintain this employment from the Provider).
- Have a disability/ies or health condition that is/are likely to continue for a minimum of six months, and present a barrier to participation and inclusion; require support to address this barrier, or require assistance in addition to that provided by the Ministry’s mainstream services. This support or assistance may be ongoing.
Exceptions to the eligibility criteria are:
- When a person qualifies for support to participate in the community (i.e. vocational or social rehabilitation) that is funded by the Accident Compensation Corporation.
- When a person is eligible for community day services that are funded by the Ministry of Health for: people who were deinstitutionalised under formal deinstitutionalisation plans, people with high and complex needs and an intellectual disability (whether or not they’re receiving care under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003).
- When a person is still enrolled at a secondary school.
Contact us today to discuss whether you are eligible for funding. We’ll be pleased to develop a personalised approach to best suit your needs.
Working with community organisations
Interactionz provides contract services to other community organisations. If you already have a support agency we’ll be happy to chat with them about ways we can work together to provide the best service for you. Read more…
Interactionz also provides training for other community organisations who support people with disabilities. Read more…