Whānau Ora: Connie and Vic's story


Published 22 May 2022


Connie said her son needs to take small steps to gain his mana motuhake/independence. Vic feels that becoming independent is a confronting journey but Connie feels that delaying it is also affecting her relationship with him other loved ones. Connie knows her son well and asked about supports to help him transition back to employment, culture-based mentoring to break away from bad habits and support his mental wellbeing, and pathways to independent living.

Through our Whānau Ora project, we connected them with a trusted community partner--Workbridge, which specialise in helping disabled people in their job search journey. Workbridge also provides budgeting services so that people can learn strategies on how to control their money and income.   

We funded mentoring sessions with a skilled Māori male mentor who has experience working with tāngata whaikaha Māori and whānau. His mentor can also kōrero with him about Choices in Community Living—an exciting alternative for people with high and complex disabilities who want more choice and control on where they live and how they’re supported.

Connie asked if we can help make it more enticing for Vic to start planning for independent living. We happily provided vouchers for clothing, food, household essentials and petrol. We also funded a few driving lessons for Vic and matched him with a Māori male driving instructor. In the meantime, we topped up his Hop card so he can go out and about in the hapori/community.

Change is hard for everybody and dealing with the constant change due to COVID is even harder. We have been working with Vic and Connie for many years and we are committed to support them to reach their aspirations. People’s needs may change, but our service and connection remain with them as long they need support due to their disability. We feel honoured that our partnership with TPK enables us to provide additional layers of support for people, across a range of challenges and needs.