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We work to promote opportunities for the independence, mobility, and recreation of people with disabilities as well as providing occupational, social and personal opportunities. We also distribute information and provide assistance to our community and overall foster, encourage and support the work of people with disabilities.

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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.

It provides a free supported recruitment service, enabling businesses to broaden their access to the labour market & diversify the workplace.

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Mid-week Superhero Update from Brent

Brent continues to work hard at his activities and to complete his goals.

Brent likes-
• His radio show work and is committed to researching in preparation for his bi-weekly radio programme.
• Volunteering with supervising the Scopze group when they are out and about in the community.
• Socialising with his friends at ten pin.
• Learning to help and mentor others within his community.

Brent especially enjoys supervising along side Karen at the Wednesday cooking group. Today Thai Pumpkin soup is on the menu for lunch. Brent and Freedom were browning the onions before adding the diced pumpkin.

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Bet that was a lovely soup.brent and freedom

Great job Brent!

Ur the man brent..

Well done Brent a great leader

good on you Brent from your old neighbor from across the road

Looks Yummmy💖

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On Friday afternoon a small group chose to get together and play pool at the National Service Club Hastings. Aaron led the group as a volunteer as he’s learning to take more of a leadership role through DRC; Mark, Ryan, Lewey and Eskavan participated.
Everyone won something and everybody had a great time, playing pool and catching up; a couple of people even met for the first time so new connections were made.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

DRC living life connected.

On Friday afternoon a small group chose to get together and play pool at the National Service Club Hastings. Aaron led the group as a volunteer as hes learning to take more of a leadership role through DRC; Mark, Ryan, Lewey and Eskavan participated. 
Everyone won something and everybody had a great time, playing pool and catching up; a couple of people even met for the first time so new connections were made.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Should call them the pool sharks we'll done team

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Holly loves books!!

Holly loves being read to.

But even more, Holly loves to choose the books herself, because Holly knows exactly what she likes.

Every week Holly visits the library in Hastings to check out the new books while she is with DRC. Making choices empowers Holly.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

DRC living life connected

Holly loves books!!

Holly loves being read to.

But even more, Holly loves to choose the books herself, because Holly knows exactly what she likes. 

Every week Holly visits the library in Hastings to check out the new books while she is with DRC.  Making choices empowers Holly.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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Holly you are reading my thoughts I love books too

Go Holly keep it up

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Beth is having a ball at the local sports centre exercise group on Tuesday mornings.

Beth has been going to the group hosted by Sport Hawke’s Bay for a few months now as part of her goal to become fitter.

Not only has Beth’s coordination, stamina and energy levels improved, Beth is getting know a whole new group of people and showing that everyday people are in everyday places doing everyday things at everyday times.

Beth you are a champion!!!

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Well done Beth

Way to go Beth

Well done Beth keep up the great work

Well done Beth.

Looks like great fun

You go girl

You are rocking it Beth!!

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The Attitude Trust champions the integration of people with disabilities into every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

This charitable trust funds scholarships for disabled youth to attend tertiary education and established the prestigious Attitude Awards, held annually since 2008.

Have a think about who you could nominate for the 2021 awards, and then take it a step further, follow the link in the story and nominate them.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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It’s been a little while since we last checked in with our Superhero Aimee.

Aimee is still enjoying her art, activities and engaging with all of the people in her life.

After recent success at the Women Rest Art Exhibition, where Aimee sold a piece of art, Aimee is preparing to do an art course to help further develop her technique and skills. This community-based course is scheduled to start in early July so watch this space!

Aimee set herself the goal of securing a volunteer position working alongside children in an afterschool programme. The great news is that Aimee is now just waiting for the paperwork to be signed off in full so she can take up the volunteer position offered to her.

In the meantime, Aimee keeps herself busy with regular games of 10 Pin, working out at the gym and continuing her Learning Innovations coursework. And of course, very important to Aimee is spending time with her family and friends.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

DRC living life connected

It’s been a little while since we last checked in with our Superhero Aimee.

Aimee is still enjoying her art, activities and engaging with all of the people in her life. 

After recent success at the Women Rest Art Exhibition, where Aimee sold a piece of art, Aimee is preparing to do an art course to help further develop her technique and skills. This community-based course is scheduled to start in early July so watch this space!

Aimee set herself the goal of securing a volunteer position working alongside children in an afterschool programme.  The great news is that Aimee is now just waiting for the paperwork to be signed off in full so she can take up the volunteer position offered to her.

In the meantime, Aimee keeps herself busy with regular games of 10 Pin, working out at the gym and continuing her Learning Innovations coursework.  And of course, very important to Aimee is spending time with her family and friends.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things

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Awesome Aimee Simpson

YAY Aimee ! Great to hear you still do your drawings 😊

Lovely to see you all grown up Aimee. I’m so happy to hear you are still creating gorgeous pieces of art 🙂

Way to go Aimee 🙂

Absolutely amazing Aimee 😀

Well done keep it up aimee

Way to go Aimee

Wahoo Aimee, well done!

Kate NZ

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Sunday Superhero

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This weeks Sunday Superhero is Amber. If you remember she loves animals. 🐎🐶🐰🐱

Amber was excited to be DRCs Facebook Hero this week and she chose to write the story of her journey starting in February 2021 completely in her own words. This is the first photo below.

The second photo collage shows Amber participating in the all the things she does. Ambers come a long way in the past 5 months. 😃

A huge thank you to the SPCA Hastings Centre and Heretaunga Seniors for supporting Amber on her journey.

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DRC living life connected.

This week’s Sunday Superhero is Amber. If you remember she loves animals. 🐎🐶🐰🐱

Amber was excited to be DRC’s Facebook Hero this week and she chose to write the story of her journey starting in February 2021 completely in her own words. This is the first photo below.

The second photo collage shows Amber participating in the all the things she does. Amber’s come a long way in the past 5 months. 😃

A huge thank you to the SPCA Hastings Centre and Heretaunga Seniors for supporting Amber on her journey.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.

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Well done Amber keep up the amazing work you do

Well done Amber Your Awesome thankyou for coming to Heretaunga Seniors our library looks lovely nga mihi 🥰

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On Friday afternoon a small group chose to get together and play pool at the National Service Club Hastings. Aaron led the group as a volunteer as he's learning to take more of a leadership role through DRC; Mark, Ryan, Lewey and Eskavan participated. 
Everyone won something and everybody had a great time, playing pool and catching up; a couple of people even met for the first time so new connections were made.

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

Holly loves books!!

Holly loves being read to.

But even more, Holly loves to choose the books herself, because Holly knows exactly what she likes. 

Every week Holly visits the library in Hastings to check out the new books while she is with DRC.  Making choices empowers Holly.

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

It’s been a little while since we last checked in with our Superhero Aimee.

Aimee is still enjoying her art, activities and engaging with all of the people in her life. 

After recent success at the Women Rest Art Exhibition, where Aimee sold a piece of art, Aimee is preparing to do an art course to help further develop her technique and skills. This community-based course is scheduled to start in early July so watch this space!

Aimee set herself the goal of securing a volunteer position working alongside children in an afterschool programme.  The great news is that Aimee is now just waiting for the paperwork to be signed off in full so she can take up the volunteer position offered to her.

In the meantime, Aimee keeps herself busy with regular games of 10 Pin, working out at the gym and continuing her Learning Innovations coursework.  And of course, very important to Aimee is spending time with her family and friends.

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

What a stunning day it has turned out to be after such a foggy start!!

This afternoon the Scopze Acts of Kindness Group went to Cornwall Park to feed the ducks.  But.......they took Lucky Duck food (purchased from the pet shop) as they knew that bread was not good for ducks.  

While there, they met a delightful 96 year old gentleman and his daughter who were also visiting the park. The group shared their duck food with them so that they too could enjoy the ducks.

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things
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Midweek Superhero update.

The last time Richard Holmes took his share of the DRC Hero limelight, it was early December, and the Roosterman was singing up a summer storm during vocal group and kapa haka, and at our Friday movie club sessions!

A lot can change in half a year, and although the crooning is still a constant, Ricky has added a few feathers to his cap since summer, in the form of  exciting new activities.

A long standing acquaintance with tai chi has been rekindled - Richard attending our Monday sessions in search of the yin to balance out his yang (0r vice versa!).

Monday is indeed the perfect day to practice mindfulness, focus, and calm, as a little concentration goes a long way during a busy week.

Midweek is still a blur of fishing, ukulele group, bowling, and kapa haka, with Richard doing his best to bring the lessons of tai chi into the activities he so enjoys - to be in the moment, participate fully, and enjoy the richness of all these varied experiences.

The latter part of the week allows an opportunity to focus on others, as Richard participates in our 'Acts of Kindness' group. Recently this meant turning his attention to our four legged pals, as healthy, DRC-made dog treats were pawed out at Pakowhai Dog Park.

A week that began with the mindfulness of tai chi closes in the weightlessness of Clive Pool, with a swimming session to reinvigorate and build strength.

Richard Holmes, a hero working hard to always be alert. Commendable stuff, Ricky - as this world truly needs all the lerts it can get!

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.
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Yesterday Kerry went to the MenzShed Hastings Trust BBQ social. There was a really good spread put on, and banter and smiles shared by all. 😃
At the beginning one of the MenzShed members shared how the group had just donated a very large number of bikes to the community through a variety of organisations, so cool. 🙂

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Introducing this week's DRC Sunday Superhero - Freedom

This week the mantle of DRC hero is passed to someone who is already very experienced in changing garb,  and wearing different 'hats'. 

Exchanging the dobok and ti of taekwondo, for the costume of a StarJam performer is just weekly routine for Freedom, and that's without even touching on all that she gets up to in her busy days at DRC!

As you may have already guessed, martial arts are a passion for Freedom, and she is able to compliment her taekwondo schedule with a relaxing, focusing Monday morning session of yin and yang balancing, as part of our tai chi group.

Midweek brings focus of a far more culinary kind, as Freedom chops, dices, slices, and grates her way to a healthy and nourishing midday meal with our cooking collective.

Wednesday afternoons are where everything comes together, as Freedom continues her march towards mastering the ancient art of eight ball - a game, and a set of skills, at which her progress has been genuinely remarkable. In a matter of months Freedom has moved from tentative first steps, towards real confidence and ability. As for commitment, and enjoyment, these are always a given with Freedom!

Thursday mornings see Freedom donning yet another hat, one of leadership and expertise in our kapa haka group - wielding the long poi with skill, and singing with confidence and gusto.

Given all these roles and skills, and all these changes of hats, it's really no surprise that, when asked what it is that she really enjoys the most about DRC, Freedom answers "everything!".

Everyday people, everyday places, everyday things.
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