THE MENTORING PROGRAMME
Inclusion, Diversity, Community
The programme manager supports each participant to create their own Life Goal Plan in accordance with their personal goals.
Goals are set by the participant (and/or with support from their family and their support team) and are based on their own strengths and interests.
AIM provides support to enable participants to live the life they want - to help them develop relationships, network, and become contributing members of our community.
We focus on social role valorization to source
meaningful community participation opportunities - and work experience, where possible.
As we are all life-long learners, we also offer ongoing opportunities to develop better life, social, numeracy, communication (AAC and NZSL) and literacy skills.
While some activities are provided at the AIM premises, many happen off-site, in the local community.
Depending on personal goals, this could include:
participation at local community gardens
volunteering at a local animal sanctuary
contributing towards recycling awareness and actively initiating recycling projects
native bush planting and maintenance
regular gym attendance and outdoor fitness -beach/bush walks
attending Warkworth library literacy sessions
shopping at local supermarkets
attending a weekly community dance session (Move and Groove)
educational visits to experience visitor attractions & events (from Whangarei to Auckland)
reviewing local cafes - their menu, recycling awareness, and overall accessibility
reviewing accessibility to local visitor spots
AIM works towards promoting active engagement between individual participants and our local community.
As an organisation, AIM networks with/works alongside, agencies such as:
Homebuilders Family Services
Mahu Trading Post
Highfield Reserve Association
Matakana Community Garden
Auckland North Community & Development (ANCAD)
Healing Through Arts Trust
Men's Shed Warkworth
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We aim to provide support and opportunities for empowerment and participation in the community, for adults with intellectual disabilities, regardless of the level of disability. We will respect and celebrate individuality in a safe environment.
AIM follows the ENABLING GOOD LIVES approach, based on these 8 principles:
Disabled people are in control of their lives.
Invest early in families and whānau to support them; to be aspirational for their disabled child; to build community and natural supports; and to support disabled children to become independent, rather than waiting for a crisis before support is available.
Disabled people have supports that are tailored to their individual needs and goals, and that take a whole life approach rather than being split across programmes.
Ordinary life outcomes
Disabled people are supported to live an everyday life in everyday places; and are regarded as citizens with opportunities for learning, employment, having a home and family, and social participation - like others at similar stages of life.
Disabled people are supported to access mainstream services before specialist disability services.
The abilities and contributions of disabled people and their families are recognised and respected.
Easy to use
Disabled people have supports that are simple to use and flexible.
Supports building and strengthening relationships between disabled people, their whānau and community.