Please help us support the growing number of those experiencing mental illness and/or disabilities to have more enjoyment in their lives...
We are a Vocational Service in Kaikohe, that help to support education, participation and inclusion, to those who are experiencing mental illness, disabilities and also those who are struggling in the community.
We also support those in surrounding areas, with our furthest client about 40 minutes from the Trust Service and at present have approximately 62 clients registered with us, but can be between 60 - 90 clients, depending on their circumstances.
We work closely with other local services, to help support our whaiora with other avenues that they may need in their lives.
We aim to help build confidence, wellbeing, and encourage non-discrimination. We provide a "safe place" for our tangata whaiora, where they spend majority of their days with our 4 staff. It helps to give them a sense of belonging, and have built relationships as a family/whanau here.
Our passion is to support betterment in their lives, give them the tools to help towards employment, basic living skills (i.e cooking, cleaning, health, hygiene, etc).
We participate (when available) in Volunteer work throughout local townships, which had included maintaining an overgrown park, checking teddy bears for Bald Angels, amongst others.
We have weekly Zumba classes which are held in Kerikeri; two hours a week at a local gym; weekly community trips (local beaches, museums, bush walks, fishing, food gathering, educational attractions, galleries, budget shopping, to name a few).
The most recent project has been "pallet projects', where they have been upcycling pallets (kindly donated by Olivado in Kerikeri, a local forklift driver (Big Richard), and the Kaikohe Lawnmowers & Chainsaws Ltd)... creating fantastic seats, tables, planter boxes and shelving units!
We are also meant to have an annual camp, but have not been able to for a couple of years.
We find the trips and camp very beneficial to our tangata whaiora (person seeking wellbeing), their health and self-esteem. As well as taking them to locations that many of them are unable to get to otherwise.
Our community isn't the biggest, but there is a growing need for such a service, as numbers are growing each day.
We also run a car valet service, and hold small BBQ fundraisers to help with the costs of activities.
More about us
We are a charitable NGO based in Kaikohe, Northland who help to support members in our local communities that experience mental illness, disabilities and/or are of a low income bracket. We encourage education, participation and inclusion.
We provide a vocational service that include education classes, cooking classes, community involvement, community trips, art and crafts, access to fitness and wellness programmes and volunteer work in the community, as well as working alongside supporting services.
We have a total staff of four, and have between 60-90 tangata whaiora (person seeking wellbeing) under our service.
We are constantly looking at ways to enable a more enriched life for our tangata whaiora and give them more opportunities and independence.
Use of funds
The funds will be used to help aid the costs of resources; tutors for education, cooking and art classes; wellbeing programmes; help towards transport costs for community trips; hopefully their "overdue" camping trip, volunteer work, community participation activities, and maintaining the tangata whaiora's "safe place" - Northpoint Services Trust (their home away from home)
Our clients have loved going out to the nearby beaches/ fishing spots! Its been a great way to keep their minds off daily struggles, and get them some dinner!
They've also been extending the distance of their trail walks, with great drive and motivation, with a great sense of achievement afterwards :)