ILS December Newsletter 2016

In this December Newsletter from the Independent Living Service you'll find information about:

  1. Welcome Dee Kemp-Towns to ILS
  2. Royal Oak weekend hours extended
  3. ILS welcome Taikura Trust to Royal Oak
  4. 'Thanks a bunch' suprises April
  5. Great Summer Products
  6. Dealing with anixety workshop
  7. Night noodle markets are coming to Auckland
  8. Living options seminar for a person with a disability
  9. FiaFia Night
  10. Albany Community Christmas Carols
  11. Enjoy yoga by the beach
  12. Attitude Trust Scholarships
  13. Dance Therapy - book now for Term 1 courses in 2017
  14. Save the date for the 2017 Emmanuel Family Camp
  15. New brand; same quality services
  16. Successful Self-Direction Conference
  17. Mobility Equipment Hire
  18. Parting Thought

1. Welcome Dee Kemp-Towns to ILS

Below is a photo of Kaz Howlett handing over the keys to our new Mobile Service Manager Dee Kemp-Towns

Kaz handing over the ILS Mobile Service keys to new ILS Mobile Manager Dee Kemp-Towns

Dee joins ILS with over 7 years in the healthcare sector, 20+ years in customer service and a very friendly bubbly personality. In her previous role she worked alongside our ILS staff in a number of collaborative projects.

As Dee is familiar with ILS she has hit the ground running having completed 10 presentations in her first two weeks!

Dee's diary is filling fast for the New Year, so please contact her on 09 625 0319, 0274 500 146 or via email to book the Mobile Service at your event or answer any queries.


2. Royal Oak weekend hours extended

LS Royal Oak are extending Saturday trading hours for summer. The store will now be open from 9am - 2pm on Saturdays. So come along and see Keith and Jee, our Saturday team. 

3. ILS welcome Taikura Trust to Royal Oak

Taikura Trust Signing

Here is Karen Beard-Greer (ILS CEO) and Marlon Hepi (General Manager Service Delivery, Taikura Trust) signing the memorandum of understanding between the two organisations to begin the Community Presence project. The objectives are to build.

  • positive working relationships with community groups
  • connections between key local community groups
  • inclusive community that strengthen natural supports for disabled people. 

We look forward to rolling this out with our Botany Store in the New Year.

Off street parking, byo and competitive rates. To find out more email

4.  'Thanks a Bunch' surprises April

Mobility Hire Equipment

Last week the Eastern Courier came to the Botany Store and presented April with this lovely bunch of flowers.  Her colleague Xiu nominated her for the helpful, kind and patient attitude she has towards her work and also the customers.  

Congratulations April!

5. Great Summer Products

Flavour Creations Ice Cream
Deliciously smooth vanilla-flavoured Ice Cream, that’s unbelievably freeze thaw stable, will take people with dysphagia on a trip down memory lane. Click here for more information.

The Mighty Mug  
Thanks to SMARTGRIP Technology Mighty Mug creates a vacuum seal to grip to any smooth, flat, solid surface but lifts up naturally like any mug. This patented technology allows Mighty Mug to grip to your desk and prevent spills.  Click here for more information

Book Seat  
Alleviates any discomfort from holding a book, tablet or ipad for extended periods of time.  The book seat can be used any where from in bed, on the couch or lying on the beach.  Click here for more information

Lightweight & easily transportable walker  
A robust walker with larger 8" wheels so you can enjoy going for an evening stroll. Compact side fold for storage and fitting into the boot of a car. It even comes with a cane holder for your walking stick. Click here for more information

The Scooter with attitude  
We have a second hand Sportrider (in very good condition) in our Royal Oak showroom waiting for a new owner.  The Sportrider is a unique 3-wheel motorcycle inspired, outdoor, sporty scooter! Features include full digital display speedometer/odometer, full suspension system, adjustable high-back seat and powerful front/rear lighting kit. Come in-store to Royal Oak and see for yourself


6. Dealing with Anxiety workshop

For all living or working with a child with autism, from pre-school to adolesence. The workshop will cover

  • What is anxiety?
  • Social interactions that lead to anxiety
  • When children need support
  • Learning to deal with anxiety
  • Strategies for parents & children
  • Anxiety toolkits

The details are: 

Date: Thurs 1 December, 7.30 - 9.30pm
Location: Yes Disability Resource Centre, William Laurie Drive, Albany
Cost: Free for families, $20 for professionals

Please RSVP on 09 415 7406 or emailing

7. Night Noodle Markets are coming to Auckland

For five nights, a range of high-quality food vendors will offer delicious, authentic Asian meals from a hawker-style market in Auckland’s Victoria Park.

Enjoy the colour, sounds and smells of this vibrant outdoor festival – a must for all food-lovers who want to drink, dine and soak up the atmosphere.

Rain, hail or shine all 5 nights are going ahead - and it's FREE ENTRY for everyone, so bring your friends and family and make a night of it. 

Wednesday 30th November: 4 - 10 PM 
Thursday 1st December: 4 - 10 PM
Friday 2nd December: 4 - 10 PM 
Saturday 3rd December: 1 - 10 PM 
Sunday 4th December: 1 - 10 PM

For more information visit the Night Noodle Market facebook page


8. Living Options Seminar for a person with a disability

This seminar explores the four main living arrangements for a person with a disability including information about supports available under each option, funding arrangements, who the providers are, benefits and challenges of each option, etc.   It is  ideal for families of a young adult with a disability who is approaching the age or ‘readiness’ to leave home. 
Options discussed include:

  • Residential Care
  • Supported Living
  • Choice in Community Living
  • Family Governed models 

The details are:

Date: Wednesday 7th December 7-9pm
Where: Highland Park Community House, 47 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park 
Cost: Free for parents or family members. $50 for each professional attending.
A copy of the presentation will be given to each attendee and a resource table of information will also be available. Tea, coffee and biscuits available 30 minutes prior to each seminar. 
RSVP is essential: 09 636 0351 or

9. FiaFia Night 

Our friends at PHAB Pasifika's and their Performance group Pasefika Phusion 2.0 are having a Fiafia night next month!

The details are:

Date: Thursday 15th December from 6pm - 9pm
Where: Allan Brewster Leisure Centre, Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe

The event will be a showcase of the group's work done throughout the year and also their official launch. Come celebrate and show your support! It's a Gold Coin Donation to enter at the door!


10. Albany Community Christmas Carols

Come along and enjoy the Christmas festivities at Albany Westfield Lakes.  There will be Christmas carols, entertainment, food & beverages, a Christmas market, lolly scramble and most importantly a visit from Santa.

The details are:

Date: Sunday 18th December from 3pm - 8pm
Where: Albany Westfield Lakes

For more information see


11. Enjoy yoga by the beach

During the summer, Professional Yoga provide yoga to move your body and relax your mind. The details are: 

Location: Vellenoweth Green, Tamaki Drive, St Heliers, Auckland
Dates and time (weather permitting): 
Saturdays - from 8.00am to 9.00am from 31 December 2016 until March 2017
Mondays & Wednesdays - from 6.30pm to 7.30pm from 2 January 2016 until March 2017
Cost: Offerings, donation / koha accepted
Some yoga mats will be provided. Bring an old towel or blanket to put under your mat to save it from dampness and/or  prickles. Click here for more infomation or just turn up and enjoy!

12. Attitude Trust Scholarships

It’s widely accepted that people with disabilities are under represented in the media. We want to change this…and not just the number represented - we want to actively increase the numbers of people with disabilities working in the media.

The Attitude Trust is offering two scholarships for people living with a disability to study in an area of communications, specifically media or digital studies. Both scholarships are to be used for the payment of each individual recipient's tuition fees for a year of study, to a maximum of $5000 per year per student.

For more information and to apply for this award, contact:
Dan Buckingham
The Attitude Trust
Ph: +64 21 468 491

13. Book now for 2017 Term 1 Classes

We’d love you to join us for one of our programmes.  Check out what’s on offer:

Term 1 2017 STARS Dance Therapy Groups
 Mt Albert - Wednesday groups: 3:30pm (school age), 4:15pm (teenage) and 5:15pm (teenage, higher functioning); 15 February – 5 April

Onehunga - Tuesday groups: 3:45pm (school age), 4:45pm (school age/tweens); 14 February – 4 April

Northcote - Saturday groups: 11:00am (school age), 12:15pm (tweens+teenage); 18 February – 8 April

Pakuranga - Friday groups: 3:30pm (school age), 4:15pm (tweens and teens); 17 February – 7 April

Find out more about our STARS programme here

Term 1 Arts 4 Us Specialty Group
Orakei - Monday groups: 3:30pm-4:30pm (school aged children), 5:00pm-6:00pm (tweens+teenage); 13 February – 3 April

Find out more about our Arts 4 Us Specialty Group here
Term 1 Drop-In Programmes
Arts 4 Us
Oranga Arts 4 Us Tuesdays 4:00pm; 14 February – 4 April
Mt Wellington (Riverside) Arts 4 Us Wednesdays 3:00pm; 8 February – 5 April
Panmure (Dunkirk)  Arts 4 Us Thursdays 3:15pm; 16 February – 6 April

Find out more about Arts 4 Us here

Dance 4 Us
Onehunga Dance 4 Us (Adults with special needs) Tuesdays 1:30pm; 14 February – 4 April
Henderson Dance 4 Us West (Adults with special needs) Fridays 11:00am; 17 February  – 7 April

Find out more about Dance 4 Us here

14. Save the date for the 2017 Emmanuel Family Camp

The Emmanuel Support Group will be running a weekend camp for families who have a child with a disability from Friday 31st March - Sunday 2nd April 2017.  For more information please phone 09 636 4763, or email

15. New brand; same quality services

In a case of better reflecting the incredible services they provide, Alzheimers Auckland has rebranded as Dementia Auckland. 

While there have been a few changes, including a great new logo, Dementia Auckland will still be providing the same high quality services. These services, which include everything from support groups to one-on-one support to fun socialisation groups, help Aucklanders with dementia and their families to live well, every day.

Dementia Auckland’s rebrand came about after feedback from carers that the term dementia is preferred over the word Alzheimers, with the rebrand encompassing dementia as a whole, rather than focusing on one aspect of it. 

For more information visit

16. Successful Self-Direction Conference

Manawanui In Charge held their inaugural self-direction conference at Eden Park on the 16/17th November “Building Momentum – turning ideas into action”.  The conference was a great success with 200 delegates attending the event.  

The programme was full and varied with a range of high calibre speakers including Michael Kendrick and Mark Fulton from the USA, Simon Duffy from the UK, Eddie Bartnik from Australia, Paul Gibson (NZ Disability Rights Commissioner), Hon Bill English (Minister of Finance).  Mary Fisher (NZ Power Olympian Gold Medalist)and Grant Sharman (NZ Wheelblack).

Watch this space for details on next year's conference.


17.  Mobility Equipment Hire

Life is too short to be stuck at home this summer while your loved ones are out enjoying themselves. ILS offer a range of mobility equipment for short and long term hire. The range includes walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, and a scooter.  Competitive rates available. Click here to find out more or email

18.  Parting Thought

"Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead."  David Cameron


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