Since 1989 Community Living has supported disabled people to live the life of their choice, thriving as part of the community.
We provide an individualised service led by the people we support. Based in Hamilton, we work with communities throughout the middle of the North Island including the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki.
With our partners we now support more than 800 individuals of all ages. In October 2021 Lifestyle Choices in the Bay of Plenty joined the Community Living whānau and are now operating under the name Community Choices. They serve approximately 60 people in their own home or in residential homes. Here are some more key points:
- Disabled people lead in our organisation both on the board and through Ko Tātou Tēnei – our board advisory group made up of the people we work for.
- We support 165 people, 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year in individual homes and flats, and we own 39 houses and units on top of some 35 – 40 flats. We rent these from both Community Housing and private landlords, depending on our client needs.
- We help around 175 whānau/families who have a family member with a disability living at home with them, and we have a range of supports including respite and Supported Independent Living.
- We support 100 people to obtain real meaningful work or to gain the skills that will help them to get a job.
- We provide specialist support such as therapy services across the region and protective services for people with a disability or with a history of offending.
- We employ more than 520 people in various part-time and full-time roles. Irrespective of the nature of our roles or positions, we are all here to work in partnership with people with disabilities, their whānau/family and the broader community and help to facilitate each individual to live their dreams through community connections
The sector is changing rapidly and we’ve been at the forefront of the Enabling Good Lives approach, which for us means “Nou Te Mana” or “The power is within you”. Nou Te Mana is our focus going forward, with disabled people leading at all levels of our organisation.
- Multiple Diagnosis
- Bay of Plenty
- Lower North Island
- Assessment & Coordination
- Employment/Vocational/Training Support