MEET THE TEAM
Meena, Robyn and Sharon fill the role of Disability Information Consultants and Cam is the 'Yes' Ambassador and the Project Manager for the Carabiner Youth Mentoring program. "Valuing the lives of disabled people and enhancing their full participation in society". Sharron also heads up Mums@YES, Jo is responsible for our Network Strategies. All the teams efforts are coordinated by our hard working CEO Sonia.
The YES Disability Resource Centre provides community-based resources and services to disabled people, the elderly, family / whanau, support people and health professionals – where people with disabilities are represented in governance, planning and staffing, modelling the New Zealand Disability Strategy.
We operate in 3 broad areas:-
Disability Information and Advisory Service
Assistive products (available for hire or purchase) which can optimise everyday living
Innovative showroom modelling best practice in design and layout
Carabiner Youth Mentoring:
Linking potential with success!
Do you have a dream? It could be playing a sport, performing in the arts, a professional goal or a career path. The main thing is that you are passionate about it and willing to take up the challenge to realise it. Carabiner can provide the vital link between you and your aspiration. We will match you up with a mentor whose skills, experience and networks will give you the edge towards achieving your goal.
the leadership development training program for young people with disabilities taylored to the individual recipients leadership capacity and capability.
An informal network established to encourage parents of children with specific needs to meet and share information, tips that have been collect along way.
Sensational Siblings Programme:
Provides regular fun sessions for children who have a sibling with a disability. This service is now run by the PHAB team in Takapuna. Please contact them on 488 7490 or email@example.com for further details.
Provision of accessible meeting rooms for hire
- Community network meetings are held every month for the North
Shore disability support providers
- Presentations to groups within the community to raise disability
awareness and the range of services on offer
Optimising lifestyle and choice
YES puts the community in touch with ideas. People can come into our showroom and look at an accessible kitchen with a height adjustable bench and a wide range of equipment that assist independent living. They can try the latest in-home support equipment and products from wheelchairs to high-tech kitchen accessories,toilet seat raisers etc. Within the building there is a wonderful synergy of community organisations with a connection to the disability sector.
"I am proud to work for this amazing community organisation 'Yes'. As a Disability Resource Centre we believe there is an answer to the questions people have when it comes to seeking disability information, advice and equipment that can empower quality of life. It is great to know we are a place that can offer direction to resources available within the community while establishing our own innovations which fulfil service gaps. The terms disability and impairment don’t have to be the barrier people perceive them to be. Through the right support these barriers can be overcome, leading towards including and participation for people of all abilities within our community." Cam Calkoen – Yes Disabiilty Resource Centre
Relationship with other disability and community focused organisations
We work in collaboration with many other disability and community focused organisations which have supported the development of the YES Disability Resource Centre.