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Community day programmes

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Community day programmes are designed for people with intellectual/learning disabilities who have high or complex needs.

Programmes provide an opportunity for participants to take part in the community, develop friendships and experience stimulating activities. The types of activities offered will vary, but participants will usually be able to join in a range of educational, social or recreational activities that help them develop life skills.

To access community day programmes, participants will need to be assessed by their local Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) provider to find out if they are eligible to join a programme. The NASC will be able to provide information about suitable programmes in the area and if there are more than one provider with spaces available, then individuals may be able to choose the programme that best meets their needs. Learn more about the NASC process.

Programme providers must prepare an individual plan for each participant within four weeks of starting the programme. They will work with the individual, as well as their family, whānau or guardians to look at each person’s goals and identify what support they need to achieve their goals.  Individual plans are reviewed every year.

Learn more about community day services at the Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People website.

Take a look at Ngā Mara Ātea – a marae-centred community programme run by Life Unlimited (now known as
Your Way | Kia Roha).

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