Message from the Chief Executive
This financial year has seen a period of significant change in the organisation – particularly in our services, under the leadership of our new Chief Operating Officer Joan Cowan and General Manager of Service Delivery and Strategy Donna Mitchell.
We are working hard to ready ourselves for the change in approach to funding with the Government's disability support system transformation, which is set to give people with disabilities far more choice and control about the services they use.
We are always working to provide quality services and have invested in a number of initiatives, including appointing clinical practitioners.
We have been focusing on the Service Manager role this year in order to support those managers to spend less time in offices and more time in our services. We now have an increased Service Manager presence around the clock, have recruited Service Managers with particular expertise who can support their colleagues and are appointing a Service Manager - Workforce in each area so that schedules are coordinated by someone locally who knows the staff and people we are supporting.
We have rolled out new technology across the organisation that means everyone is connected 24/7 and has instant access to key information to support them in their work.
At IHC, we have seen a huge response from families wanting to Take a break with us. More than 600 families have contacted us to have a pamper package, gift package or break away in a hotel. We know families find it hard to get downtime or a break and I'm pleased that so many are connecting with us on this important initiative.
We run a number of professional fundraising programmes and are proud to ask for donations. Our fundraising programmes need to be nimble and responsive to ensure that we are able to continue to run our charitable programmes. At the end of this financial year, the threat of mycoplasma bovis prompted us to make a tough decision to suspend the transfer of livestock as part of our Calf and Rural Scheme. People with intellectual disabilities have benefited from the support of farmers for more than 33 years and we could not risk being part of the spread of the disease. We have been honoured by rural organisations stepping up to continue to fundraise for us, or encourage people to donate virtual calves through our website. Nonetheless, we raised $1.5 million dollars this financial year through the Calf and Rural Scheme and will monitor the impact of this decision in the year ahead.
Accessible Properties continues to work with its dual purpose – providing quality housing to people with disabilities and providing housing and tenancy services that support long-term successful inclusive living in a community.
Accessible Properties is constantly working to find housing solutions for the many people with intellectual disabilities who are seeking to live more independently, but they are also being responsive where many people in IDEA Services have increasingly complex housing needs.
In Tauranga, Accessible Properties has been working hard to improve the quality of the homes acquired from Housing New Zealand just over a year ago. We have been particularly focused on building relationships with our tenants with far lower tenancy manager to tenant ratios and more personal visits to tenants.
Partnerships and Collaboration:
To be a valued partner across a range of initiatives.
We want the people we support to have the greatest choice, flexibility and control about the services we provide. That means we need to collaborate with others to ensure we are helping support people to have satisfying lives.
We are thoughtful about the organisations we work with ensuring the partnerships are mutually beneficial and can deliver great outcomes for people. We share our professional expertise with organisations less well resourced.
We are also well sought out as strategic influencers who serve on a number of boards and working groups.
Our Advocacy team has worked with a number of organisations over the year including as a foundation member or representative on governing bodies of Education for All, Inclusive Education Action Group (IEAG), Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa (ACYA), Children's Convention Monitoring Group and the Disability Employment Forum. They have also worked with the New Zealand Police and the Rural General Practice Network.
We were pleased to receive continued support from partners including the Zena Elsie Orr Trust, Millennium Hotels and Resorts and IHC Associations for the Take a break programme.
Fundraising continued its partnerships with PGG Wrightson Livestock, Allflex, Volkswagen and Peach Teats.
IHC is proud to support the following organisations:
Maori Responsiveness Strategy
To support Maori people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
Passionate kapa haka performers from throughout the central North Island showcased their talent at the first IDEA Services Central Region Kapa Haka Festival in Rotorua. The goal of the regional festivals is to encourage the people we support to perform at Te Matatini regional stage and in the future Te Matatini national stage. Te Matatini is the top event for Maori performing arts. Held every two years, it is one of the most highly anticipated events for performers, their whanau and Kapa Haka fans.
IHC refreshed its strategy Te Horopaki o te Rautaki for Maori in IDEA Services. In developing our 2017 plan, we remain committed to four areas and have mapped them against the priorities for Whaia Te Ao Marama.
- Priority One: Improved outcomes for Maori disabled (support kiritaki to reconnect or stay connected to their whanau).
- Priority Two: Good partnerships with Maori (Raise profile of the organisation in the Maori community).
- Priority Three: Responsive disability services for Maori (Increase the number of Maori staff to reflect the proportion of kiritaki in services and in the population).
- Priority Four: Better support for whanau (Connect with Maori to understand and respond to their support needs).
Celebrating - IHC Art Awards 2017
The IHC Art Awards provides artists with an intellectual disability the opportunity to have their talent recognised, their voices heard and to sell their work, with all proceeds from the sales going solely to the artists. It highlights the talent and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities.