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“If you want Hamish to be a baker, you need a support worker who is a baker.” This simple statement resonated with Christina.
Hamish McNeill is a young man with Down’s syndrome who has begun the process of starting his own micro-business called “Hungry Hamish”, a Paleo food baking business. Hamish loves baking and has always dreamed of having his own business within the food industry.
About 16 years ago Christina, Hamish’s mother, and her eldest son came up with the idea of Hamish having his own business. The first thoughts were that Hamish could have his own café called “The Hungry Hungry Hamish”.
Fast forward to the present day, Hamish and his family have been working with Kaitūhono/Connectors from Mana Whaikaha and using the Enabling Good Lives principles to determine what a good life could look like for Hamish. Through this process, the insights and experience of the Kaitūhono/Connectors highlighted to Christina the importance of building a network of appropriate relationships around Hamish to help him achieve his goals.
“If you want Hamish to be a baker, you need a support worker who is a baker.” This simple statement resonated with Christina, who previously had only thought about a support worker being a “safe” person for Hamish. Hiring Damian, a qualified baker, as Hamish’s support person has opened up a whole new world of opportunities for Hamish and has set him on the path towards having a good life.