Catapult are delighted to have won the Champion Charity Small Enterprise Award in the Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2016! We’d like to thank the Business Awards for including a section for charitable organisations, and their recognition that ‘not-for-profit’ organisations do need to make an sustainable income to be able to provide their services. Thank you also to Rātā Foundation and The Press who sponsored this section. Credit for this award must go to both the staff of Catapult, who work incredibly hard to provide employment services to often very vulnerable people, and to the trustees, who generously give their time, guidance and governance. Catapult’s founder and patron, Kevin Blogg, also deserves a great deal of credit for his vision 12 years ago of setting up a supported employment service for people with disabilities. Catapult has worked with hundreds of Canterbury employers over the past few years. We are proud to say that Canterbury has a growing number of employers who see the abilities a person has, rather than any disability, and who employ a diverse range of people in their businesses. We welcome more employers to join with us in helping get Cantabrians into work. The people who come to Catapult for our services put their trust in our ability to provide them with excellent service — this award validates that trust.
Thomas (not real name), swearing and cursing, arrived at Catapult very discontented, having had knock back after knock back in his job search. His medical diagnosis of ADHD (inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development) was exhibited in his aggressive approach to our service. Thomas was aware of the way his condition affected his behaviour and he suggested he would like a position that would leave him physically and mentally tired at the end of the day. While working with Thomas,we found that he had done some work experience while at school with a brick- and block-laying company. The company was identified and the owner, who remembered Thomas being a good worker, agreed to have a formal interview with him. Thomas started work the very next day and was enrolled to complete a Site Safe Passport. With some support from both the training organisation and Catapult staff, he successfully completed the passport. Two years later, all Thomas’s hard work, commitment and reliability paid off and he was rewarded with the offer of an apprenticeship with his employer.
Having a job is a way for all of us to feel we are being useful and contributing to society. Employment also boosts our social connections, gives structure and routine to our lives as well as increasing our financial and social independence.
We are very proud to announce that Kevin Blogg, our founder and patron, has become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2016 New Year’s honours. This is a very well-deserved award and acknowledges the years of work Kevin has put into assisting people with disabilities find paid employment.
The Menz Shed is a great place for blokes to learn new skills and for those seeking work, they can learn skills that are valuable to employers. It’s also a community space for men to gather together to share their skills, have a laugh, and work on practical tasks personal projects or on a group project.
Having graduated from University of Canterbury in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Erin Gough proved herself to be the ideal candidate for a newly created junior position at CLC: Access to Justice Advisor—Disability Portfolio. Catapult supported CLC and Erin’s application for MSD Mainstream funding for the position and the application was successful. In the same year that Erin started her job at CLC she was appointed to our Board of Directors. She subsequently moved to Wellington and was appointed the Human Rights Commission’s Disability focused Specialist. An exciting journey for a very neat lady.
Read more about Erin on the HRC web site. https://www.hrc.co.nz/news/erin-gough-my-accessible-journey/
Christchurch is currently in the middle of piloting a new government initiative known as Enabling Good Lives. Enabling Good Lives is being designed to assist people with disabilities and their families to consider what a good life looks like to them and how to achieve it.
The individual, with the initial support of an Independent Navigator, will have increased control over their life, systems, supports, services and funding. They will be supported to access mainstream services before speciality disability services and existing service providers will be encouraged to make processes more simple and flexible.
Catapult are very happy to support the principles of the EGL scheme and are working alongside the Local Advisory Group and with a number of clients, to ensure services offered by Catapult are both relevant and appealing.
To learn more about Enabling Good Lives, visit the Office For Disability Issues online at odi.govt.nz
Moving from unemployment to winning the New Zealand Disability Support Networks 2015 award for Excellence in Supported Employment Practice was a fast journey for Luke Kenmare (Iwi – Te Arawa, hapu – Ngati Rangitihi). Luke was a client of Catapult and was looking for paid employment. Seeing potential in Luke’s abilities and capacity to work as an Employment Consultant, Catapult offered him a one-year contract. His potential was soon realised, his experiences in having “been there and done that” as far as unemployment is concerned brought an extra dimension to his work. An example of his excellent work was the relationship he built with the recruitment manager at Canterbury Linen Services, the relationship helped him to assist four of Catapult’s clients into paid work in this business. Luke’s ability to get a good understanding of client choices and aspirations enabled him to match the right people to the job. All of the people he placed at Canterbury Linen Services have a disability of some sort, ranging from cognitive to mental health to Asperger’s. Luke provided on-going support to them and the employer through regular visits and conversations.