Community Networks is part of Community Connections – Te Hapori Awhina Tangata, a community based disability service which primarily offers a Supported Living service with some Residential services as well. We operate in the Greater Wellington region (Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Kapiti), The Manawatu (Palmerston North and Levin), the Hawke’s Bay, the Bay of Plenty, and Taranaki. We have a strong commitment to a person-directed support approach so people can live the life they choose within their own community. Take a look at some of Our Stories.
Our vision is of a society where people with disabilities are embraced as fully participating citizens, where barriers to inclusion are removed and where each person is respected and valued for who they are. We believe that, with support, people with disabilities can live the life they want within the community of their choice.
Networks is great because its introduced me to people who will always be there and able to talk to me.
The network helps me to see light. Before I joined the network I was at the end of the dark tunnel; now I’m maybe a third of the way along.
It means you can live independently….. Do things for yourself, with support.
Community Networks Foundations
As part of Community Connections evolution we are developing a new way of assisting people to support themselves modeled on the principles and practices of Key Ring, who pioneered the model of Living Support Networks to enable people who experience a learning disability to live in their own homes. We call this Community Networks. We are also grateful for the support and information gained from Neighbourhood Networks based in Glasgow Scotland www.neighbourhoodnetworks.org.
Our aims and objectives are to work with local communities to support and empower people who experience a disability, and other people that could benefit from this flexible model of support. We are looking to work in partnership with people and agencies to develop and create new Community Networks which respond to local community needs. The network model is about peer support; people supporting each other to live great lives and feel strong and connected in their community.