ILS May Newsletter 2016

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

  1. Supporting Seniors Seminar
  2. 2nd Hand Scooter looking for a new home
  3. New products to ILS
  4. Stroke Support: Visual Art & Art Therapy 2016
  5. JobFest 2016
  6. New Zealand Sign Language Week
  7. Stars! Dance Movement Therapy & Arts Therapy
  8. Disability Services for Adult Former Refugees
  9. Charity Art Auction
  10. Grab a Bag Sale
  11. uberAssist: Expanding Transportation Option in NZ
  12. Be part of InterAct 2016!
  13. Parting Thought

1. Supporting Seniors Seminar

ILS are running a seminar edcuating those in support roles on equipment and services to enable safe and independent daily living.  

The details are:

When: Tuseday 24th May 2016
Time:  7pm - 8.30pm
Where: ILS Conference Room, 14 Erson Road, Royal Oak

To book a seat please phone 0800 625 100 or click here.

2. Second Hand Scooter looking for a new home....

ILS have been asked to find a worthy recipient to enjoy a pre-loved Invacare Leo scooter* .  Details on the scooter are
  • 1 careful lady owner - looking to pass the scooter onto someone who will get as much enjoyment out of it as she has
  • approximately 4 years old
  • compact mini-scooter more suitable for flat terrain and short trips to the shops
  • maximum speed 8km/h
  • maximum weight capacity 136kg
  • "as is where is" basis**

​If you are interested in finding out more about this scooter for yourself or a loved one, please send Kaz Howlett a brief email on outlining your situation.  

The new owner will need to live in Auckland and under go a scooter assessment to ensure compatibility.

Please note:
* the photo shown is of a newer Leo model and should be used as a guide only.
** ILS are only helping the current owner to pass on her scooter and have no interest (financial or otherwise) in the scooter and therefore can not be held liable in any way.

3. New products to ILS

Having trouble swallowing? But still want to enjoy the food and drink you love?

ILS now stock the Flavour Creations range of nutritional products targeting various nutrition-related issues. From wound healing to meal replacements, protein supplements to bowel motility agents Flavour Creations are the perfect solution for your dietary needs. You can purchase online, over the telephone or come instore and see the range yourself.

Looking for a lift chair?

Come instore and try these out for yourself!  These new lift chairs are available in a range of colours, so there is something to suit everyone.

The range includes the

  • Galaxy (pictured) - which has a sensor bar along the edge of the base to halt the motion of the chair if an object is in the way of its movement
  • Comfy - with its 'wallsaver' design allowing the chair to be positioned nearer to the wall than conventional recliner chairs. 
  • Cresta - full footrest extension and full back recline (approx 45 degrees) allowing for comfortable supine relaxing position

We look forward to seeing you soon.

4. Stroke Support: Visual Art & Art Therapy 2016

Would you like the opportunity to engage in creative expression, and connect with a like community?  Mapura Studios offer three different programmes for people with Stroke Affect:

Art Therapy After Stroke: this group-centred enquiry process initiates a journey of self-reflection and in-depth examination of the experience of having a stroke-affect. The process is dynamic and life enhancing. The next art therapy programme is scheduled for the second half of 2016.

Arts Transition: is a focussed programme that continues to support people making the transition from the arts therapy programme to the eventual involvement in "Leading a Creative Life". Weekly programme is Wednesday 1 - 3pm, $220, 10 week term (incl art materials).

Leading a Creative Life: this programme provides a supportive, instructive and stimulating environment for people living with stroke-affect (or similar disability) to develop a strong visual arts practice. Weekly programme is Thursday 10am - 12.30pm, $275, 10 week term (incl art materials)

For more information please contact Mapura Studios via email ( or phone 09 845 5361.

5. JobFest 2016

The biggest event for employers and young people under one roof. At JobFest you'll come face to face with leading Auckland Employers in a fun, action-packed day where real jobs are up for grabs.

The details are:

When: Wednesday 11 May
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: The Cloud, Queen's Wharf, Auckland

Secure your spot and register today. For more information see

6. New Zealand Sign Language Week

is this week Monday 9th May until Sunday 15th May and there are many different events happening all around the country to celebrate.

Click here to find an event near you.

7. Stars! Dance Movement Therapy & Arts Therapy

offer programmes for children and teens on the autism spectrum and other special needs. The programmes focus on developing social skills and emotional literacy in supportive, physical and fun activity based group. Sessions include dance, movement, music, play and body awareness activities. Arts Therapy groups include artmaking.

Programmes available in

  • Orakei on Monday
  • Onehunga on Tuesday
  • Mt Albert on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Pakuranga on Friday
  • Northcote on Saturday
For more information see or email or call on 09 636 3029.

8. Disability Services for Adult Former Refugees

Come along to the first of a series of three Refugee Health forums in 2016. This session will focus on a theme of 'Navigating disability services for adult former refugees'. Often disability services can be profoundly difficult to navigate, particularly for people from former refugee backgrounds who may have a complex array of health, disability and resettlement needs.

The forum will aim to:

  • Identify the daily challenges of accessing adequate care and support when using disability services
  • Highlight key disability services available to adult former refugees in the health & disability system
  • Discuss enablers that would assist individuals, primary health and agencies to support better navigation and access to disability services

When: Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 6.30 - 8.00pm, (Doors open at 6pm- refreshments served)
Where: Wesley Community Centre, Timohina Room, 740 Sandringham Rd ext, Mt Roskill

Please RSVP by email to Daleen at or ph. 09 442 7150 by 20 May, 2016 (for catering purposes). Indicate if you have any special dietary requirements. Please include your Name, Role and Organisation

9. Charity Art Auction

featuring works by renowned NZ artists in support of the Mapura Studios Stroke Art Therapy Programme Mapura Studios with the Rotary Clubs of Mt Eden and Epsom.
Art can be viewed online from 16 May and auction details are:

When: Saturday 28 May 2016
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Where: Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Road, Auckland

To RSVP or register to bid online, please contact Mapura Studios on 09 845 5361 or


10. Grab a Bag Sale

Dress for Success Auckland are having a grab a bag sale where you can fill a bag with pre-loved clothing, shoes and bags.

Details are

  • $30 small (grocery bag)
  • $60 large (black rubbish bag)
When: Friday 10 June
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: 4 Boston Road, Mt Eden, Auckland

Eftpos or cash only, no refunds, no prams inside. Please email if you have any queries.

11. uberAssist: Expanding Transportation Options in NZ

Uber have launched a new service in Auckland and Wellington that caters for riders with different accessibility needs. UberASSIST drivers have been educated around accessibility and safety, and can also accommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers, and collapsible scooters. Note: uberASSIST vehicles do not have accessible ramps or lifts. 

For more information click here.

12. Be part of InterAct 2016!

Expressions of interest invited for InterAct 2016! Have you art work? Dance, music or performance pieces? Wearable art for parades?

You don't have to prepare something new, it may be something you have already performed but would like to share it with all the people who come to InterAct.

It takes just two minutes to visit the link and fill out the form, and it is the first step to being a part of this exciting event. InterAct 2016 will be held 19 - 21 October 2016 at the Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson, Auckland. For more information ph 09 849 5595 or email Paula on

13. Parting Thought

"The best way out is always through."  Robert Frost
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