Welcome to the Dunedin branch
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
If you live in or near Dunedin, please contact us for support, advice and information relating to disability. Our services are community based and we have staff providing a variety of services for disabled people and their family and whānau and the wider community.
There are a number of ways you can access them. While some of our services may need a referral and not all the services offered by CCS Disability Action are available from our branch, please get in touch with us directly to discuss your needs and what we can offer you.
You could also contact your GP or AccessAbility as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.
Our branch is guided by a Local Committee that is made up of members who provide governance, leadership and financial management and oversight over our local branch operations.
You can contact Local Committee Chair David Low on Governance.Otago@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 477 4117.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can make a difference as part of our Governance, we would love to hear from you. Email Governance.Otago@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 477 4117.
There are a number of ways you can support our work in communities. If you wish to make a donation or bequest, volunteer your services to our branch, find out about membership, or enquire about becoming a caregiver for us, please visit Support Us or contact our branch directly.
If you'd like to make a donation to the Dunedin branch be sure to select Otago when you complete the online form.
Otago Annual Report 2017/2018 (PDF 2.1 MB)
My role is to support the running of the six entities in the South Island and to support local leadership to provide quality services to people in urban and rural areas around the island.
My association with CCS Disability Action began in 2000 when I was a student social worker at Otago University. During my placement I recognised how easily my values align with those of CCS Disability Action, and after graduation I joined the Southland branch as a Support Worker and then Community Worker (now Service Coordinator).
To alter my horizons, I moved to Western Australia to work at the Deaf Society, where I ran the employment and community services departments. A qualified sign language interpreter, I never thought when I moved to Australia that I would need to learn another language!
I saw the Team Leader role in Otago advertised in 2009 and came home to take up that position. When the region restructured, I also became Team Leader in Waitaki and later moved into the acting Regional Manager role. In October 2016 I commenced as the General Manager of the new Southern Region.
CCS Disability Action is a family affair for me. My Mum is a Service Coordinator in the Southland branch. I had my son while working as Team Leader in Otago and he came back to work with me at 11 weeks of age. My partner is a researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute and has partnered with us on projects. My stepdaughter is a student at Otago University. My work-home life divide can sometimes be a bit blurry, but I quite like that.
Te Amorangi ki mua, te hapai o ki muri
The leader at the front and the workers behind the scenes.
(Meaning both leaders and workers are important.)
Originally from Rotorua, after an adventure living in Australia working in the hotel industry, including time in Ayers Rock, my husband and I returned home and are now proud to call Invercargill our new rock.
We have two energetic, smart, beautiful children who bring us joy and laughter. They happen to also live with disabilities; or Abilities as our daughter would point out – she has just won a Netball prize for her school at the time of writing this.
CCS Disability Action has always been a big part of our lives. We have been active members since 2004 and I have been a member of the local Advisory Committee and then elected co-chair in 2013. I am proud to live and support the CCS Disability Action Vision.
I believe it is important to encourage others to see that we are all one community here to look out for each other, as different as we all are; we are all the same with our own hopes and dreams.