ILS November Newsletter 2016

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

  1. Exciting new chapter for Kaz!
  2. Last chance on our Botany Birthday special!
  3. Christmas Venue for hire
  4. Stroke Carers Day
  5. 2016 Conference: Dementia today
  6. Family circus at Victoria Park this summer
  7. Would a community grant help your project?
  8. Education for all Rally & Picnic
  9. Come and enjoy the Parnell Festival of Roses
  10. Conference on Self Direction Manawanui
  11. Auckland Disability Law Community Evening Invite
  12. Register now for Walking Stars 2016
  13. Free CALD Cultural Competency Courses
  14. Respite Survey
  15. Parting Thought

1. Exciting new chapter for Kaz!

Kaz Howlett, ILS Mobile Service Manager has decided to head north to Whangarei and start a new chapter in her life.

This is a great move for Kaz and on behalf of us all at ILS we want to wish her all the very best for an exciting and fun filled next chapter.  She will be missed after doing a fantastic job for ILS building our mobile service and creating lasting friendships.

Kaz's last day with ILS will be Wednesday 9th November.  If you have any queries or bookings for the mobile service please contact Justin Williams on 09 281 5027 or  

2. Last chance on our Botany Birthday Special

It's our Botany Store's 2nd birthday and we've been celebrating with this great birthday special.
A comfortable, stylish lift chair for only $895!

Available in 1 colour and only 5 left in stock so get in quick - as these won't last long!  Features and specifications include:

  • Dual Motor
  • Battery Backup
  • Removable Back
  • Fabric Protection
  • Magazine Pocket
  • Width Inside Arms: 40 cm
  • Seat Depth: 53 cm
  • Overall Width: 85 cm
  • Overall Height: 106 cm
  • Height Floor to Seat: 49 cm
  • Maximum User Weight: 150 kg
  • Colour: Deep Charcoal

Click here for more information or come in store today and try one out for yourself!

3. Christmas Venue for Hire

Need an accessible venue for your Christmas party?  

ILS has the perfect space to make your Christmas party hassle free.  There are fully accessible kitchen facilities so you can self cater or we can put you in contact with caterers. Catering Catering Ltd specialise in catering for functions with a range of menu options available to suit your event and budget.

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

4.  Stroke Carers Day

An information day for carers of those affected by Stroke organised by the Stroke Foundation.

An event with

  • Guest Speaker - Karen Wood: Clinical/Neuro Psychologist "Caring for yourself - stree, adjustment"
  • Carers experiences and connecting with other carers - Grief adjustment and self-care
  • Workshops on entitlements, access to services, continence, pharamacology, lifting, handling, relaxation
  • Information tables

The details are:

Date: Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Venue: Commerce Club of Auckland, 27-33 Ohinerau Street, Remuera
Time: 9.30 - 3pm
Cost: $10 per person, includes registration, coffee/tea and lunch

Please contact Tracey Dealey for a registration from oon 09 475 0070 or email

5. 2016 Conference: Dementia Today

Dementia is one of the greatest healthcare challenges of our time, in New Zealand and around the world.  Already, 60,000 Kiwis are living with dementia. Due to an ageing population, this number is expected to almost triple by 2050, to 154,000. 

Top flight speakers from New Zealand and overseas will share the latest research, evidence, learnings and insights, and discuss how we can address this challenge.
With real life case studies, and an emphasis on what works, this conference has practical relevance to the real world of people affected by dementia, policy makers, service providers, health and care professionals, researchers and NGOs.

The details are:
Date: 3-5 November 2016
Venue: TSB Arena and Convention Centre, Wellington.

Click below to find out more, or to register!


6. Family Circus at Victoria Park this summer

Free Family Circus Sundays are back in Victoria Park every 3rd Sunday from October to March 2017. The Circability Crew will be joined by a variety of Auckland's top circus trainers from 2-4 pm each month to teach a variety of circus skills including unicycle, pedalo, trapeze, hula hoop, juggling, diabolo, acro and more. Bring the family down to play and learn different circus skills.

Many thanks to the Waitemata Local Board for supporting this event. Click here for more information.

7. Would a community grant help your project?

If you have a great idea that helps your community, it’s worth applying for a local board or council grant.

Join us for a workshop to find out more about council grants available for projects and events in Auckland. This is your chance to ask council grants advisors about the different local board and regional grants available for 2016/2017.  

Whether you are involved in an environmental, heritage, arts, community or sporting project, come along and find out more.  

The details are:
Workshop date: Tuesday 15 November 2016
Time: 10am to 12noon
Venue: Western Springs Community Hall
Location: 956 Great North Road Western Springs

This venue has ample parking. Please RSVP if you plan to attend and advise access requirements. Please RSVP by Friday 4 November. Contact Marion Davies phone 021 941 440 or email


8. Education for All Rally & Picnic

Auckland Disability Law invite all disabled people, whanau, educators and community supporters are coming together to send a message to Government:  Your Special Education Update was totally inadequate and it's time to invest in inclusion.
We need a well-resourced education system that supports the rights of every learner to fully participate and succeed.
Join a short, family friendly event at the Auckland Domain to show that families and communities are united for education for all.

The details are:
Date:  Saturday 12 November 2016
Venue:  Auckland Domain (in front of the Rotunda), Domain Drive, Grafton, Auckland
Time:  12 noon to 1pm

Sign the Education for All petition to the Minister of Education at: Petition to Minister

9. Come and enjoy the Parnell Festival of Roses 

Also known as the Auckland Rose Festival, the event showcases Auckland's most popular rose gardens in full bloom. There will be local craft stalls, music, art exhibitions, wonderful performers and thousands of stunning roses.

The details are:
Date: Sunday 13 November 2016
Time: 10.30am - 4.00pm
Where: Parnell Rose Gardens, 85 Gladstone Road, Auckland.

Every effort has been made to make this an accessible event, there will be more seating available, sign language interpreters on site all day and historic talks for the vision impaired.
Transport is always important so here are some hints:

  • Bus - Both Inner and Outer link goes to the top of the busy retail centre of Parnell Rise and its a downhill walk from there.
  • Parking - Parnell is a walkable neighbourhood and parking is dotted all around. There is no parking at the event.

Click here for more information.


10. Conference on self direction Manawanui

What does self-direction mean? And how can it be applied by people, governments, organisations and communities?

We’ve got an exciting two-day event coming up in November that will explore this topic.

You will get to hear from local and international experts about different models of self-direction — how it works, the challenges and opportunities as well as what it looks like in practice.

The conference will have a variety of presenters and topics in the work-streams. From people’s journey of self-direction and creative use of funding, to policy, governance, research and citizenship – there’s something for everyone.

The details are:
Date: 16th & 17th November 2016.
Venue: Eden Park, South Stand Level 4 Lounge Broadcaster’s Suite, 10 Reimers Ave, 
Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Click here to register or more information.


11. Auckland Disability Law Community Evening Invite

Auckland Disability Law would like to invite you to the Auckland Disability Law’s (ADL’s) Community Evening.  Our community evening will share what we have been doing and thank all the people and organisations that have supported ADL’s work. 
Meet and hear what we have been doing:  Yes, it is an AGM but we want to celebrate and share with you what we have been doing!  See the AGM Agenda, and call for ADL Steering Group member nominations (below). 
Important things to think about and discuss:  We are delighted to have Judge Phil Recordon as our guest speaker. He will speak on "What does access to justice look like for disabled people in 2016?"

The details are:
Date:  Thursday 17 November 2016
Venue:  Potters Park Event Centre, Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland
Time:  5.30pm start
RSVP by 7 November 2016 to, or text 027 457 5140 or ring 09 257 5140. Give us your name, contact details and that you are coming to the ADL Community Evening. We will confirm your RSVP.  Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

12. Register now for Walking Stars 2016!

We all know someone who has been affected by cancer.

Every day 60 New Zealanders receive a cancer diagnosis - for many of them it is the biggest challenge they will ever face. Nobody should have to face cancer alone.

Show your support and register now for Walking Stars, New Zealand's original night-time walking half marathon, on Saturday 26 November. 

Once you've registered, you'll automatically get an online fundraising page where friends and family can sponsor you. Every dollar you raise for Cancer Society will go towards cancer research and support for people with cancer and their families.

Walking Stars is a half marathon that is achievable by anyone. You can power walk, stride or stroll, but no running! So get some friends, family or workmates together for an unforgettable night to support New Zealanders with cancer.

Register now for Walking Stars 2016

13. Free CALD Cultural Competency Courses

DHB, PHO and Non-Governmental Organisations’ workforces across New Zealand 
are eligible to access free CALD Cultural Competency Courses 

eCALD® Services provides a range of online and face-to face training courses for the New Zealand health workforce to develop CALD cultural competencies, funded by the Ministry of Health via the Northern Regional Alliance Ltd.

DHB, PHO & Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO providing health and disability services funded by the Ministry of Health or District Health Board) across New Zealand will be given access to free CALD cultural competency online training and Auckland-based face-to-face courses.

All CALD courses are CME/CNE/MOPS accredited with a Certificate of Completion provided after course completion. 

For further information about courses and resources, eligibility, cost and registration details please visit

14. Respite Survey

The Ministry of Health is developing a Respite Strategy to improve how respite or “short breaks” are purchased in New Zealand.  If you have a disability, or have a family member with a disability, take a few minutes to share your thoughts about how to improve options for respite and how respite is funded.

The Ministry of Health would also like to hear from current or potential providers who could offer alternative respite options that align with the goals and desires of disabled people and their families.

Respite is a top issue for families, here's a chance to improve your options!  Click here for more details.

15. Parting Thought

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be."  William Shakespeare
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