Taikura Trust at the 2020 Transition Expo
Last month, Disability Connect hosted the Transition Expo at the Auckland Netball Centre. In a year when many community activities have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, it was an excellent opportunity to come together with many organisations across the disability sector and provide information and advice for people and their families/whānau.
The Transition Expo’s main purpose is to provide opportunities and advice from transition, vocational, recreational and information providers for people who may be leaving school, or may have this significant event coming up in their lives in the next few years. With over 400 participants, this year's Transition Expo was the biggest yet! Some great coverage of the event was on the 6pm news which is fantastic.
Our Pathway Navigators from our wider Community Engagement team really enjoyed representing us at this event. We spoke to many people and their families about their plans for the future, what was working well for them and what other information about services, funding and support we could provide. We have also been able to follow through with advice and reassessments for those that we met. Our branded hand sanitisers and fridge magnets proved very popular on the day!
It was a great event for us to meet many other providers and community supports that work our teams. Many people attending the Expo enjoyed taking part in the Dance and Arts Therapy sessions, question and answer sessions and sports that were also available on the day.
With COVID-19 restrictions easing, we are looking forward to the end of the year and the remainder of the community events and education sessions we will be part of. We have sessions lined up with Health Professionals working in various fields across Auckland, an evening at Te Papapa School and we'll also meet with the Children’s Autism Foundation. We are also planning some exciting Community Engagement events for 2021 – watch this space!