Welcome to the Greymouth branch

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
Services

If you live in or near Greymouth, 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.

We offer a range of services for disabled people and their family and whānau including access to our modern well-equipped holiday home in Christchurch and Paroa on the West Coast. All our support services (with the exception of Mobility Parking and Total Mobility) are free.

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 Life Links as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.

Local Advisory Committee

Our branch is guided by a Local Advisory Committee that is made up of members who provide governance and leadership over our local branch operations.

You can contact Local Advisory Committee Chair Shane McInroe or West Coast Chair Patricia Beck on Governance.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 365 5661.

Local Executive Committee 

Our Local Executive Committee is made up of members who provide financial management and oversight at a branch level. You can contact Local Executive Committee Chair Simon Templeton on Governance.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 365 5661.

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.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or 03 365 5661.

Support us

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 Greymouth branch be sure to select Canterbury & West Coast when you complete the online form and specify Greymouth in the comments section.

Resources


Greymouth Annual Report 2018/2019 (PDF 1012 KB)
Contact Information
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    90 Tainui Street
    Greymouth 7805

Shane McInroe
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Shane McInroe

Christchurch is home for Shane McInroe but the West Coast, where he was born and raised, is where his heart lies. Shane is on the Local Advisory Chair for the Canterbury West Coast branch and proudly identifies as a disabled person.

He has a particular interest in ensuring the needs of people with a learning disability are met, based on his own lived experience.

“I am passionate about disabled people’s rights, particularly in education. It’s important to me to give back as I know many disabled people have to fight to have their voice heard.”

His contributions include working as:

- A member of the high level co design system transformation group.
- President of People First MidSouth Region and President of People First’s local Christchurch group.
- A governance member of the Inclusive Education Action Group.
- Representing people with learning disability on the Enabling Good Lives (EGL) Local and National Leadership groups.
- A board member of Catapult Employment Agency.
- A member of Christchurch City Council’s Disability Advisory Group.
- A collaborator on Christchurch’s Youth Housing Hub.

The resulting experience has given Shane unique insight into the top-level thinking that drives service providers. He believes a collaborative approach between the health, disability and education systems is essential to create an environment where disabled people can have the freedom and flexibility to get on with their lives.

“It’s important that we can make mistakes, take risks and live life to the full as we see it. Working with CCS Disability Action is another important way I can contribute to this vision.”

Mel Smith General Manager Southern Region
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Mel Smith General Manager Southern Region

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.

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