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A structured, supportive and quiet day respite for people with disabilities.

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Assisting people with disabilities to be valued contributors to their community, helping them to have the confidence, skills and support of their families and friends to reach their potential.

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Disability Information Advisory Services (DIAS) aim to provide free, accurate, up to date and objective information and advice to disabled people, their families, whanau, aiga, caregivers, providers and the general public.

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Helping people with a difference to plan their careers, find employment, and provide ongoing in-work support.

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Amber had a busy (but extremely fun) day volunteering this morning at the SPCA Hastings Centre which included exercising the two energetic puppies that are up for adoption, the dogs are so much fun and full of life, wish we had a space to home them.

It’s so cool to see people loving what they do. 🐶 ❤ 😃

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Matthew was hard at work at the Cranford Hospice Stores – Hastings, Napier & Waipukurau when we popped in there yesterday.

"hey Matthew, those red shoes in the front of the photo… what size are they? Just asking for a friend?"😉😉

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Matthew was hard at work at the Cranford Hospice Stores - Hastings, Napier & Waipukurau when we popped in there yesterday.

hey Matthew, those red shoes in the front of the photo... what size are they? Just asking for a friend?😉😉

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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I had. 2nd truck load of furniture an things go there yesterday

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Mid-week Hero Update – Leanne

The last time we checked in with Leanne it was late spring, and it’s very pleasing to be able to report that her busy weekly programme now includes some exciting new additions.

Monday mornings see Leanne attending tai chi sessions at complex forme gym, soaking up the atmosphere of concentration and focus, as our collective yin and yang come together to (slowly!) kick off the week.

Monday has also seen Leanne return to art therapy classes, a wonderful way to foster creativity and expression, and to experience pure, often messy fun!

Leanne has also taken part in some very rewarding recent outings, as part of our Discover Hawke’s Bay group. With this incredible autumn weather we have been able to enjoy an extended visit to the Robin whanau’s beautiful orchards at Clive, with Leanne (not for the first time!) taking part in picking perfect locally grown fruit.

We have also, thanks to the great kindness of the Robin whanau, been able to visit the wonderful Kohupatiki marae, with its exquisite wharenui, Tānenuiarangi. With Leanne front and centre we all learnt a little of its history while enjoying the incredible surroundings, and the fine autumn sunshine.

Add in a little music, in the form of our vocal group, the weekly dancing frenzy at Shake, Rattle & Roll at Napier Baptist Church, and weekly jaunts over to Ahuriri, as part of our keen angling collective, and it becomes abundantly clear that Leanne’s weeks are busy, rich, and (we hope) truly fulfilling.

Leanne’s mum Vicki says that Leanne’s health has improved a lot in the past few months and this has meant that Leanne is able to be more involved in activities than ever.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Mid-week Hero Update - Leanne

The last time we checked in with Leanne it was late spring, and its very pleasing to be able to report that her busy weekly programme now includes some exciting new additions.

Monday mornings see Leanne attending tai chi sessions at complex forme gym, soaking up the atmosphere of concentration and focus, as our collective yin and yang come together to (slowly!) kick off the week.

Monday has also seen Leanne return to art therapy classes, a wonderful way to foster creativity and expression, and to experience pure, often messy fun!

Leanne has also taken part in some very rewarding recent outings, as part of our Discover Hawkes Bay group. With this incredible autumn weather we have been able to enjoy an extended visit to the Robin whanaus beautiful orchards at Clive, with Leanne (not for the first time!) taking part in picking perfect locally grown fruit.

We have also, thanks to the great kindness of the Robin whanau, been able to visit the wonderful Kohupatiki marae, with its exquisite wharenui, Tānenuiarangi. With Leanne front and centre we all learnt a little of its history while enjoying the incredible surroundings, and the fine autumn sunshine.

Add in a little music, in the form of our vocal group, the weekly dancing frenzy at Shake, Rattle & Roll at Napier Baptist Church, and weekly jaunts over to Ahuriri, as part of our keen angling collective, and it becomes abundantly clear that Leannes weeks are busy, rich, and (we hope) truly fulfilling.

Leannes mum Vicki says that Leannes health has improved a lot in the past few months and this has meant that Leanne is able to be more involved in activities than ever.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Leanne, the young lady with the softest hands in the world, love your smile ⭐️

awesome work Leaanne well done 🙂

Always a pleasure minky moo leanne

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It was so quiet in the kitchen earlier today, you couldn’t hear a pin drop, but you could hear a knife drop!!

Richard was making magic with mushrooms while Jane and Freedom were on courgette dicing duty.

And the end result….

Cottage Pie all round 🐮

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That concentration!

And the yummiest it was

Gosh ! Such intensity 👏 You guys would make great brain surgeons

Slowly but surely wins the race Richard. Well done. I'm loving the new glasses 🤓

Such quiet care !

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Sunday Superhero

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Introducing this weeks DRC Sunday Superhero - Jess

Before DRC I was just hanging around, not doing much, playing with my dogs and I was bored with life.
 
Now that I have been with DRC for almost 2 years, I have been kept busy doing things I enjoy.  My favorite is 10 pin bowling Superstrike Hastings, and I am improving all the time, I also enjoy Swimming and Gym Complex Forme. I like swimming and have learnt not to be afraid of the water and have gained lots of water confidence. 

I also am learning Karate and are learning a lot there.
  
I also like playing pool and going shopping which is my most favorite pastime. 

I also do Creative Speech with Robyn from Well Spoken Voice Coaching who has taught me to speak clearly and that I have a voice which has given me confidence when socializing with my mates.

I am using the buses to go places, and this gives me independence. 

I love dancing and music and are currently going to StarJam, I just love it and its fun and I am happy there. 

I do have small volunteer job at DRC, from which I have learnt to stay focused on the job and commitment too. Hopefully, these life skills will help me find paid work in the future. I am so proud of my self with doing so well with my volunteer job. 

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Introducing this week’s DRC Sunday Superhero – Jess

Before DRC I was just hanging around, not doing much, playing with my dogs and I was bored with life.

Now that I have been with DRC for almost 2 years, I have been kept busy doing things I enjoy. My favorite is 10 pin bowling Superstrike Hastings, and I am improving all the time, I also enjoy Swimming and Gym Complex Forme. I like swimming and have learnt not to be afraid of the water and have gained lots of water confidence.

I also am learning Karate and are learning a lot there.

I also like playing pool and going shopping which is my most favorite pastime.

I also do Creative Speech with Robyn from Well Spoken Voice Coaching who has taught me to speak clearly and that I have a voice which has given me confidence when socializing with my mates.

I am using the buses to go places, and this gives me independence.

I love dancing and music and are currently going to StarJam, I just love it and its fun and I am happy there.

I do have small volunteer job at DRC, from which I have learnt to stay focused on the job and commitment too. Hopefully, these life skills will help me find paid work in the future. I am so proud of my self with doing so well with my volunteer job.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Jess, I really appreciate your help in the mornings, you def make a difference to my day ⭐️

I think u have blossomed into a beautiful young woman.so proud how far u have come jess.u r so amazing.ur smile is beautiful keep being u..

You go Jess, you did awesome at the gym on Friday , with your rowing…😊

You are a blessing Jess, so proud of all you are participating in

Well done Jess👍👍

Awesome achievements jess keep the momentum going

You are awesome Jess love having you at the gym Complex Forme. Keep up the positive attitude.

Well done Jess

Well Done Jess. Your doing grate.

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Matthew was hard at work at the Cranford Hospice Stores - Hastings, Napier & Waipukurau when we popped in there yesterday.

"hey Matthew, those red shoes in the front of the photo... what size are they? Just asking for a friend?"😉😉

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.
    DRC living life connected

Mid-week Hero Update - Leanne

The last time we checked in with Leanne it was late spring, and it's very pleasing to be able to report that her busy weekly programme now includes some exciting new additions.

Monday mornings see Leanne attending tai chi sessions at complex forme gym, soaking up the atmosphere of concentration and focus, as our collective yin and yang come together to (slowly!) kick off the week.

Monday has also seen Leanne return to art therapy classes, a wonderful way to foster creativity and expression, and to experience pure, often messy fun!

Leanne has also taken part in some very rewarding recent outings, as part of our Discover Hawke's Bay group. With this incredible autumn weather we have been able to enjoy an extended visit to the Robin whanau's beautiful orchards at Clive, with Leanne (not for the first time!) taking part in picking perfect locally grown fruit.

We have also, thanks to the great kindness of the Robin whanau, been able to visit the wonderful Kohupatiki marae, with its exquisite wharenui, Tānenuiarangi. With Leanne front and centre we all learnt a little of its history while enjoying the incredible surroundings, and the fine autumn sunshine.

Add in a little music, in the form of our vocal group, the weekly dancing frenzy at Shake, Rattle & Roll at Napier Baptist Church, and weekly jaunts over to Ahuriri, as part of our keen angling collective, and it becomes abundantly clear that Leanne's weeks are busy, rich, and (we hope) truly fulfilling.

Leanne's mum Vicki says that Leanne's health has improved a lot in the past few months and this has meant that Leanne is able to be more involved in activities than ever.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.
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Kerry's Diary - Friday

Kerry has finally got to the end of the week and his Friday's adventure with Pink Total Transport concludes with a refreshing dip in the pool.

But before you think that this is all fun and games, Kerry's aqua exercises are designed to not only strengthen his muscles, but also to build his balance and confidence.

Thanks for helping every people do everyday things in everyday places!!!

At the end of another busy week, well leave the last words to Janet and her team from Pink Total Transport
Our Drivers form wonderful relationships with our clients. It sounds mushy but it is a fact that our clients very quickly become friends and we do all we can to make sure they and their wider families trust us to look after them. Our drivers are Police checked, well trained and are backed up by an RT system which links all vehicles together and to a base receiver. The  RTs also mean we can get the nearest vehicle to you if your appointment finishes early etc or can alert the driver if you are delayed
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If you are looking for the gold at the end of the rainbow ......

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Napier based Pink Total Transport is a small family business which has been in operation for 20 years. It pioneered disability services in Napier. The disability service goes from strength to strength along with buses and vans available for tours, school trips, outings, sports groups etc.  It means being available when our clients want to go out, it means making sure the vehicle is the right one for the individual client, it means the cost is fair and transparent with various payment options and it means the driver is on time, well trained, friendly and knows what the client’s needs are.

Kerry is a big fan of Pink Total Transport.

Most week days Kerry gets out and about with the help of Janet and the team.

We thought we'd follow Kerry's adventures for a week and see just what he gets up to and at the same time, meet some of the people from Pink Total Transport.

Monday means Menzshed NZ. 

Last Monday Kerry was collected from his home by Marise and safely delivered to to the A&P showgrounds in Kenilworth Road.  Kerry joined the crew at the Menzshed to work on his current project, accompanied by morning tea, great mates and a few laughs.... actually quite a lot of laughs!!

And just as promised, Marise was there again to safely deliver Kerry home.

Check in tomorrow to see what happens in Kerry's world on a Tuesday.

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A wise person once said “It’s not size of the fish in the fight, but the size of the fight in the fish” 😉

Mr Sanko, congratulations on your first catch, and also for returning your mighty catch to the ocean and giving him a second chance to grow a whole lot more. 👍

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    William Kelly, Service Manager and Nichole Parata
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This is the DRC Midweek Super Hero Update for Mark,  who featured as the DRC Sunday Super Hero on 1 November 2020.

We last caught up with Mark right at the beginning of the summer, a busy time during which he was consolidating the new experiences, opportunities, and activities on offer since his winter move to Scopze.

The ensuing months have been immensely testing ones for Mark and his family. We would like to acknowledge this fact, while also acknowledging the remarkable, inspiring resilience, and indefatigable positivity Mark blesses us with every single day.

As we move into the latter stages of autumn, Mark continues to make a blur of his busy weeks, always putting a hundred percent into whatever activity he takes part in.

Our 'Discover Hawke's Bay' group has made recent visits to Te Mata Mushrooms, Arataki Honey, and the Robin whanau's beautiful orchards at Clive, and Mark has played a leading role in each of these rewarding outings.

Under the ever-knowledgeable tutelage of our own Antoinette, Mark has learnt how, where, and when to best cut and collect harakeke.

Mark continues to take a keen interest in our fishing group's Tuesday forays. Always well organised, he displays the optimism and enthusiasm of the true angler!

Fridays may just be the busiest days of Mark's week, with his volunteer role with the Red Cross' 'Meals on Wheels' service continuing, and an ever competitive game of pool to follow.

No slowing down for our Mark, whatever the season!

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Six of the best.....

Jenny, Blair T, Ryan, Caitlin, May and Deena are being put through their paces by Natalie at Complex Forme.

Great to see you all continuing on your fitness journey, keep up the  great work team.

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