NorthAble was set up in 1990 to provide information and advice to ngā tāngata whaikaha (our people with disabilities). From there, our services have grown and evolved into one of Northland’s largest independent disability services providers.
We deliver many services covering all areas of disability and beyond, Funded mainly by MSD and MoH. We aim to invest in our staff and business to enable them to deliver the best services possible. We do this through multiple relationships with our community and other providers that aim to ensure we are always looking for the new, best way forward.
We have restructured our services to deliver our contracts differently. We have implemented a new facilitation services model which combines the delivery of NASC, VHN and Transition into one service.
Our facilitation services model enables us to support our clients with all elements of their life and funding by providing one key point of contact with complete oversight of their needs and funding. The aim is to make things as easy to use as possible, enhance mana, build long-lasting relationships that begin early and focus on holistic outcomes that access mainstream options first, with funded services there if needed, based on the determination clients and their families/whanau make.
Part of this service is our Disability Information and Advisory Service (DIAS) and navigation contracts, which we have embedded into our delivery, and as a separate service for those families that need extra information advice or guidance, as well as practical support as they navigate their way through any situation that might be troubling them.
We also offer two community participation programs, our LYNKZ and LYNKZ outreach service, where our whanau work with our facilitators to identify activities they would like to complete or attend, as well as skills they would like to learn. We deliver the LYNKZ programmes out of our office in Whangarei and by travelling to Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Rawene, and Kaitaia. Trying to ensure we can service the population or the whole of Te Tai Tokerau.
As part of our holistic offering, we can support our clients in accessing Whangarei Budgeting Service, which is funded to support whanau to improve their financial capability through one-to-one support or group information seminars or classes.
NorthAble works to support our wider community through the provision of a covid mentor service which helps people deal with the long and short-term effects of covid and access resources such as food. This service has broadened its scope to offer emergency planning to disabled people across Te Tai Tokerau to ensure that they have the knowledge, skills, and contacts to deal with it if something unforeseen happens.
We are in the process of setting up a new pilot service called Āhei, which is an internship program working with disabled rangatahi with a focus on increasing employment skills and creating opportunities for sustainable, long-term employment. We will work with multiple local host businesses to place interns into their organisations. They will be provided with the opportunity to learn and evidence their ability to deliver many work-based capabilities. When their internship finishes, we will support them through our job mentor to look at future opportunities for them,
We also own and operate NorthAble Equipment+, a shop with a social purpose that focuses on providing people with the equipment they need to enable them to live their best lives. We can offer total mobility assessments to remove the financial pressure of public transport across the Whangarei area.
NorthAble is focused on the future; we are here to support all ngā tāngata whaikaha of Te Tai Tokerau and beyond as we work to continue to deliver our purpose, to walk along and Work alongside people with disabilities to support them to lead their best life.
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- Age-Related Conditions
- Brain Injury
- Developmental Delay
- Hearing Impairment
- Mental Health
- Multiple Diagnosis
- Visual Impairment
- Assessment & Coordination
- Community Participation
- Employment/Vocational/Training Support
- Life Skills