In the early 1980s there was little public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in New Zealand and virtually no support services were available to people with dementia and their carers. This prompted a small group of Christchurch social workers to form the first ever support group in New Zealand dedicated to helping people care for those with dementia. Initially known as ADARDS (Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders Society).
The organisation grew into Alzheimers Canterbury at a regional level, with 20 other regional groups around the country under the umbrella of Alzheimers New Zealand. In August 2016 Alzheimers Canterbury left the Alzheimers Federation and rebranded as Dementia Canterbury on 1st November 2016. Click here to find out more
IHC is New Zealand’s largest provider of services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families. They advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with intellectual disabilities and support them to live satisfying lives in the community.
IHC was founded in 1949 by a small group of parents who wanted equal treatment from the education and health systems for their children with intellectual disabilities.
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New Zealand Spinal Trust are 18 full and part-time staff, joined by volunteers, businesses, sponsors, organisations, individuals, and trustees. They are a community who cares deeply about independent living and improving the quality of rehabilitation for Kiwis affected by spinal cord injury or impairment (SCI). This is regardless of whether someone is a new patient in hospital or many years post injury and living in the community. It’s no exaggeration to say the Trust helps save lives.
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Boys' Brigade in New Zealand in partnership with churches and local youth ministries around New Zealand has been a foundational youth movement in New Zealand for over 120 years. Boys' Brigade life coaches young people by providing positive role models who lead fun filled, weekly activities within a balanced programme that is both skills and values based.
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