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.
If you visited the offices of Community Law Canterbury earlier this year, you might already be familiar with one of Catapult’s clients. Erin Gough was involved with CLC from 2012 until very recently, both as a member of their Disability Law Advisory group and as a Student Case Worker. Having graduated from University of Canterbury in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) she 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. Erin started the job in April this year, around the same time as Erin was appointed to our Board of Directors. Well, it seems things move fast in Erin’s world, as she recently moved to Wellington and was appointed the Human Rights Commission’s Disability focused Specialist. Congratulations Erin! An exciting journey for a very neat lady.
Read more about Erin on the HRC web site.
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 has been a fast journey for Luke Kenmare (Iwi – Te Arawa, hapu – Ngati Rangitihi). 18 month’s ago 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 bringing an extra dimension to his work. An example of his excellent work is the relationship he has built with the recruitment manager at Canterbury Linen Services, the relationship helping him to assist four of Catapult’s clients into paid work in this business. Luke has an ability to get a good understanding of client choices and aspirations and is able to match the right people to the job. All of the people he has placed at Canterbury Linen Services have a disability of some sort, ranging from cognitive to mental health to Aspergers and are shaping up to be long-term employees. Luke provides on-going support to both them and the employer through regular visits and conversations. Seeing potential in people, understanding the meaning of work for them and how it opens doors is what drives Luke to achieve his results.