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Community Care Trust, Community Connections and Enrich+ came together in 2016 to form
Pai Ake Toru, which means 'the three of us are better together'.
With over 102 years combined experience supporting people with disabilties, those on the autism spectrum and their whānau, Pai Ake Toru is founded on the belief that together we will achieve more than each of our respective organisations are able to achieve on their own.
By sharing our expertise and creating an organisation that helps us each to 'raise the bar',
Pai Ake Toru aims to grow high quality services that will benefit more disabled people more profoundly.
Community Care Trust, Community Connections and Enrich+ work collaboratively together in the field of disability support services with a focus on;
Community Care Trust recognize that all people are different and therefore should be respected and supported as individuals.
A vision of a world that truly values and celebrates diversity, CCT are working in partnership with people to enable great lives.
Community Connections believe that people with disabilities can and should live the life they choose, on their own terms and within the community of their choice.
With a vision of an inclusive New Zealand where people with disabilities are embraced as fully participating citizens, where barriers to inclusion are removed and where all people are respected and valued for who they are.
Enrich+ believes that everyone should have a life like any other and by working alongside individuals with a disability and those on the autism spectrum their skills and abilities are developed. Inclusion in the communities of their choice is enhanced and through education and employment people are empowered.
Pai Ake Toru is a provider of ACC's Living my Life service, a disability support service for people who have a long-term disability due to an injury.
We support the Living my Life vision of enabling self determination about "where I live, what I do, where I go and who with".
Living my Life focuses on building your capability and life skills to create community and employment opportunities as well as increasing your ability to choose and direct the services and supports you receive.
There are four parts of Living my Life, and each one is personalised to your aspirations and goals so that you can achieve your desired outcomes.
You may access all parts or maybe one or two of the Living my Life services and each part can be used to suit your needs at different times and stages of your life journey.
Explore your aspirations and goals for meaningful engagement and participation.
Show your vision for your life journey in a picture.
Research and identify local cultural, community and employment opportunities.
Make decisions about the support you want and need, and who delivers your support.
Build your confidence, capability, relationships and networks to live an everyday life.
Gain and practice skills, grow in confidence and achieve goals.
Determine your readiness to manage your own services, supports and budget, and get support for the activities required to implement self-management.
Develop your skills to manage your own services and support.
Member organisations of Pai Ake Toru are providers of MSD's employment service, a service that provides employment placements and in-work support for disabled people and those with a health condition.
Any disabled person who wants to work has opportunities to receive skilled support to get work.
The disabled person's goals and aspirations drives the uptake of employment support.
People and agencies involved in a disabled person's life are encouraged to understand the importance of work as an achievable outcome.
Disabled people experience a personalised service. This means getting individually tailored, ongoing employment support to get and maintain a job.
Employers know about, and have confidence in employment support services, the benefits of employing disabled people and the importance of building natural supports in the workplace.
Providers of employment support have the knowledge to support each disabled person to get a job and develop a carer of their choice.
Providers of employment support services direct and lead their organisations in ways that promote these employment support practices in partnership with disabled people.
Providers of employment support services measure how good they are at getting people into work and strive to continually improve their employment services to disabled people, to employers and funders.