Established in 1995, LifeLinks is contracted by the Whaikaha-Ministry of Disabled People to facilitate Disability Support Services for people aged between 0-65 years who have an intellectual, physical, sensory or neurological disability (or a combination of these) and their families/ whānau/aiga/care givers. Our services are provided to service users/tangata whaiora and their families/whānau who reside in Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast.
Within our management structure we have people with both physical and sensory disabilities. Also over the years we have been fortunate to employ people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities within our Lifelinks team.
Each year LifeLinks partners with over 7,000 disabled people and their whānau to develop outcomes-focused personalised plans and facilitate their access to a tailored range of natural, universal and Whaikaha-Ministry of Disabled People-funded supports that contribute to their achievement of the outcomes they seek for their lives. There is no cost to you for receiving LifeLinks outcome planning and outcome facilitation services.
Our services are designed to enhance service users’ participation and inclusion within their communities and to maintain the wellbeing and resilience of their respective families/ whānau/aiga/care givers.
To promote independence in an accessible world.
Provide people who have disabilities with the highest standard of service in ways that best suit their individual aspirations and outcomes.
LifeLinks recognises and respects the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi: partnership, participation and protection.
Māori aspirations and Whānau Ora are a critical focus for our work. This ensures that whānau hold a central focus in all our work; that our actions build on the strengths and assets of whānau; and, that our work contributes to maximising the well-being of whānau.
LifeLinks is committed to the prevention and early detection of abuse and/or neglect of children/tamariki and young people/rangatahi. In all interactions with children, young people and their families/whānau LifeLinks is guided by the principle that the welfare and interests of the Tamariki and Rangatahi are the first and paramount consideration. LifeLinks staff will ensure that early and appropriate action is taken when abuse and/or neglect is suspected.