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    We can't always control what happens to us in life, but we can control how we react to it - that's when we "THRIVE"

    Aspire Canterbury and Braintree Wellness Centre are excited to present THRIVE!

    We invite the disabled community and their whānau to join us for a series of inspiring talks. Featuring passionate experts with lived experience, showcasing their resilience and success, you will gain valuable tools and strategies to help you THRIVE.

    Monday 4th March - Thriving in Adversity with Craig Hickford.

    Craig opens the series, by sharing his story of recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury.

    Monday 18th March 1 - Growth Mindset with Julie Woods
    . Renowned inspirational speaker “That Blind Woman” speaks about the power of two little words: Why Not?

    Monday 15th April - Building Resilience with Dr Lucy Hone.
    Dr Lucy Hone, a thought leader in the field of resilience psychology helps turn complex science into useable tools.

    Monday 29th April - Motivation & Confidence with Gary Endacott
    . Gary has never let his disability stop his burning desire to succeed. In his words “Attitude is everything”.

    Monday 13th May - The Power of Nutrition with Simon Challies.
    Simon's lived experience with Parkinson's Disease has inspired his passion for the life-changing impact of nutrition.

    Monday 27th May - Reflections - Group Workshop-
    Share your reflections on what you have learned from this series and how you will use these tools.

    All events are 10am-12pm

    Enrol via this link:

    Joining via Zoom is an option, but we encourage you to attend in person at the lovely, accessible Braintree Wellness Centre, 70 Langdons Road, Papanui. Each talk is priced at $10, or you can opt for a bundle of all 5 at only $40. The group workshop is free. If cost is an obstacle, contact us to discuss options.

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    Supporting Patients with Disabilities - An information session for GPs, Nurses and Practice Managers

    We invite you to join us and learn more about connecting your patients with the right supports.

    Speakers and Topics

    • Ray Williamson, National Referral Centre: Referrals, eligibility and diagnoses.
    • Angela Lewes, Lifelinks: What Lifelinks do, supports provided, increasing flexibility and changes.
    • Julie Paalvast, Aspire Canterbury: Disability information and supports in the community.

    Friday 22 September, 2023
    8:30am or 12:30pm or 3:00 pm
    Braintree Wellness Centre, 70 Langdons Road
    OR via Zoom:

    Each speaker will present for 15 minutes, and the session will finish with a Q&A, followed by an opportunity for kai and korero. You can choose to attend any of the sessions via Zoom or in person, or feel free to drop in any-time during the day for a one on one chat.

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    Next Steps Expo 2023

    We are excited to announce that Next Steps 2023 is open for registrations! Are you an accessible organisation, disability service, or disabled person with a business enterprise? Next Steps is for you!

    The Next Steps expo is for disabled people and their whānau to discover what is available when considering their next steps after school. The expo is open to everyone and is particularly useful for young people who are looking at life beyond school.

    Registration is free.

    You can register your business, enterprise, service, organisation by clicking the link below.

    Please note that spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

    If you have any questions, please contact:
    Amy Coët – Information & Community Coordinator - Aspire Canterbury | 021 0255 5365

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    Assisted Rubbish Collection available

    Did you know that Christchurch City Council offer assisted rubbish collection to those in need?
    If you need assistance with your rubbish, you may be eligible for the assisted rubbish collection service.

    The recycling and organics bins will be removed from the property until the Council is advised that the service is no longer required at which time the recycling and organics bin will be returned at no extra cost.

    To apply, please fill in the application form along with a letter from your General Practitioner or other medical professional verifying that you are incapable of taking the wheelie bin to the kerbside.

    You will also need to sign a declaration stating that there is no one who can assist you with your wheelie bins.

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    Appointment of Chief Executive for Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People

    Deputy Public Service Commissioner Ms Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Ms Paula Tesoriero MNZM to the position of Chief Executive, Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People. Whaikaha is a new departmental agency, established on 1 July 2022.

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    Call for urgent action

    Call for action as new data confirm high rates of violence against disabled people.

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