CCS Disability Action Taranaki has earmarked recent funding received from the Te Karaka Foundation to help some of their young clients from central and south Taranaki transition from school to work or further education.
“Every year we have two to three students who need help developing an action plan to bridge the gap between school and employment and the support to put it in place,” says CCS Disability Action Taranaki Service Manager Alison Goldby.

Assistance ranges from helping set up work experience placements to job hunting support to travel and logistics.

“Our major focus for these clients is to help support them to the point of independence, in the process it is great to see their confidence and self-belief increase as they continue on their journey to achieve their goals.”

Hannah, a client, says: “Cheri from CCS [Disability Action] helped me get work experience at the Racecourse… my favourite thing about work experience was working with the horses. I would like to try this as a job.”

The small south and central CSS Disability Action Taranaki team supports around 37 people with disabilities and their whānau and continues to receive a high demand for their services.

“Last year we provided 11,895 hours of direct and indirect support and the demand for more personalised and innovative supports, particularly around making connection in the community, advocacy and employment is growing.”

It is fitting that funding for this grant has come from Te Karaka’s Winifred Knight Trust. The trust was established by former South Taranaki teacher and High School principal Winfred Knight, who died in 1991, to meet the educational, community, cultural and recreational needs in the area.

“Helping young people from central and south Taranaki create pathways from school to work aligns with Ms Knight’s wishes and is a perfect illustration of the personal nature of endowment giving which allows generous people the ability to align their giving with their charitable goals, now and into the future,” says Te Karaka Chair Ken Horner.