Date
19 January 2020

Community participation and connections

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Access community-based support

Access community-based support

Encourage students to find out about community-based support options.

Introduce students to:

  • publications that provide local information on transition options, vocational training, and support services
  • the Citizen’s Advice Bureau
  • the local Youth Service
  • relevant disability support agencies.

Utilise community groups

Utilise community groups

Discuss with students areas of interest and areas where they may need support while at school and in the future.

 Support students to investigate local community groups, clubs, and agencies that they may not yet know about.

 

Consider:

  • cultural groups (for example, kapa haka)
  • sporting and hobby clubs
  • volunteering
  • assistive equipment
  • money and benefits
  • budgeting advice
  • health needs
  • housing options
  • transport.

Identify supporters

Identify supporters

Being connected to the community is vital to well-being.

The community can be family or whānau, friends, neighbours, people from local clubs, or support workers. 

Discuss with the student and their family or whānau who could:

  • be good advocates and allies
  • provide practical help (with transport, for example)
  • help solve problems
  • be a mentor
  • support them to find relevant information about work, study, living independently, and social groups in the community
  • be good listeners.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

YouthLaw Aotearoa

Publisher: YouthLaw Aotearoa

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Your guide to disability support services

Your guide to disability support services

Publisher: Wisegroup

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Whaia te ao marama The Maori disability action plan for disability support services 2012 to 2017

Whāia te ao mārama: The Māori disability action plan for disability support services 2012 to 2017

Publisher: Ministry of Health | Manatū Hauora

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Explore work and study options”:

Return to the guide “Preparing students to leave school”

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