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Support groups

There are disability support groups in MidCentral and nationally you may be interested in joining or connecting with.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

We educate, support and advocate for those affected by ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

Website: http://www.adhd.org.nz/ (external website)

Arthritis New Zealand

If you have arthritis, or know someone with arthritis, we are here for you! We provide information, advice and support for anyone diagnosed with arthritis. We can put you in touch with healthcare professionals and other community supports throughout the country.

Phone: 0800 663 463
Email: info@arthritis.org.nz
Website: https://www.arthritis.org.nz/ (external website)

Autism NZ Lego programme

A social lego-based programme for children and young people with autism.

248 Broadway Avenue,
Palmerston North 4410

Email: manawatu@autismnz.org.nz

Autism Manawatu Branch

Provides information and support to people with autism spectrum disorder, their families and caregivers; works to raise awareness in the community and provides information to interested professionals and the general public. Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Koha/donation may apply. No referral required.

248 Broadway Avenue,
Palmerston North 4410

Phone: 0800 288 476 (AUTISM)
Email: manawatu@autismnz.org.nz
Website: http://www.autismnz.org.nz/ (external website)

Phone: 06 353 6385
Email: bcwh@rangitaane.iwi.nz
Website: http://www.whakapaihauora.maori.nz/  (external website)

Blind Foundation NZ

The Blind Foundation is here to help. If you, a family member or friend, is blind or experiencing sight loss, we can provide the support needed to help you face your future with confidence.
You might wish to access our popular Library Service (external website)  or learn some tips to help at home (external website) . We also encourage independence through showing you how to get around (external website) . If you’re employed or seeking employment or study options, we can help with that too.

49 Walding Street, Palmerston North, 4440
Monday –  Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Phone: 0800 24 33 33
Email: GeneralEnquiries@blindfoundation.org.nz.
Visit the Blind Foundation website (external website)

Central Districts Brain Injury Association

Information and education hub for those with brain injury. Liaison Officers help reconnect patients with a life they’ll enjoy living; assisting with meetings, paperwork, interviews and general day-to-day formalities.
We focus on smoothing the transition back into a meaningful life, while providing the connections and information needed to support both the injured person and their families and loved ones through their journey.

Phone: 06 354 3540
Email: liaison.cd@brain-injury.org.nz
Visit the Brain Injury Association website (external website)

Disabled Persons Assembly

To ensure your voice is heard, and to advance your aspirations, we work with and help you work with: government, your local community, the general public, the media, and disability service providers.

Phone: 06 357 9877
Email: dpapn@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.dpapn.org.nz (external website)

Deaf Aotearoa (also a provider)

Deaf Aotearoa is the national organisation representing the voice of Deaf New Zealanders, and the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand. Their services are available to deaf people throughout their lives, from early childhood access to New Zealand Sign Language and transitioning from school to greater independence, to employment support and assistance with accessing equipment.

Phone: 0800 332 322
Email: national@deaf.org.nz
Website: www.deaf.org.nz (external website)

Deaf Action New Zealand

Deaf Action is a national Deaf Advocacy group advocates and lobbies together with Deaf New Zealanders to uphold their human rights to government, public and private institutions, and service providers, disability service providers locally, nationally and internationally. Deaf Action NZ ‘objective’ is to ensure services Deaf people use are accessible and accountable. Deaf Action is committed to the Treaty of Waitangi and to access and equality for all Deaf people in NZ.

Email: info@deafaction.org.nz
Website: https://deafaction.org.nz/ (external website)

Down Syndrome Association

The NZDSA has numerous regional support branches and groups throughout New Zealand. You can contact your local branch or support group, call us:

Phone: 0800 693 724 and press 3
Website: https://nzdsa.org.nz/ (external website)

Levin Arthritis Support Group

Come along and enjoy the support of like-minded people who can share your journey.

Website: https://www.horowhenua.govt.nz/Community/Local-Directory/Arthritis-Support-Group (external website)

MASH Trust

MASH provides a wide range of support services for people with mental health, intellectual or physical disability or illness, alcohol and addiction and youth respite care.
These services are offered either at the residential homes we support, or people who require support in their own homes, or in the community.
MASH operates throughout the lower North Island in the Wellington, Kapiti, Horowhenua, Palmerston North, and Hawkes Bay regions.

Palmerston North Head Office
602 - 606 Main Street
Palmerston North

Phone: 06 355 7200
Freephone: 0800 6274 878
Visit the MASH Trust website (external website)

Muscular Dystrophy New Zealand

Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand Inc. (MDANZ) is a registered charity offering support for individuals or family members with lived experience of a neuromuscular condition (NMC). MDANZ provides specialist information, practical resources, personalised support, campaigns for public awareness, and advocacy throughout New Zealand.

419 Church Street East
Auckland 1642

Phone: 0800 800 337
Email: info@mda.org.nz
Website: https://www.mda.org.nz/  (external website)

One2One Aotearoa

One2One Aotearoa is a newly established provider of individualised and flexible supports to people with disability (tāngata whaikaha) and their family/whānau in MidCentral DHB region. One2One will support people with all types of disability to remain living in their family/whānau home, live with a host family or move into their own home in the community. One2One is committed to work in partnership with each person with disability to plan and receive supports that meet their individual needs and preferences from people that they choose and trust.

73-74 The Square
Palmerston North

Phone: 06 355 1323
Email: admin@one2one.nz
Website: https://www.one2one.nz/ (external website)

People First New Zealand Inc. Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi

People First New Zealand Inc. Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi is a national Disabled Persons Organisation that is led and directed by people with learning (intellectual) disability. 

People First is here to:

  • make sure people with learning disability can speak up and be heard on things that are important to them in government, in services and in the community
  • represent people with a learning disability who cannot speak for themselves
  • promote the rights of people with learning disability.

Phone: 0800 20 60 70
National Office: 04 381 3242
Email: ask@peoplefirst.org.nz
Website: https://www.peoplefirst.org.nz/ (external website)

Vaka Tautua

Vaka Tautua is a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social service provider. Vaka Tautua delivers Disability Advice and Support in a culturally appropriate way for Pacific families throughout New Zealand. We provide navigation and advice, walking alongside families with disability.

Phone: 0800 825 252
Email: administration@vakatautua.co.nz
Website: https://www.vakatautua.co.nz/ (external website)