Learning and Events Calendar

Imagine Better Learning

The disability sector of Aotearoa NZ has gone through significant change over recent decades, which Imagine Better continues to play an important role in. Imagine Better Learning is one of the strategies we use to assist disabled persons, their whānau, allies, and providers to better understand how to keep ‘a good life’ for the individual as their primary purpose.

Our learning programmes aim to:

• Keep abreast of the latest changes

• Identify implications and opportunities

• Gain insight and learn lessons from others, and

• Filtering national and international best practice

These practices are useful as we plan for and work towards, our individual and collective good lives of today and tomorrow. Imagine Better Learning aims to be an active partner in the ongoing change process, whether you are a person with lived experience, a family member, whānau, a close ally or professional. Our mission is to resource you with the principles, strategies, techniques, methods, knowledge and skills that will support your efforts. Each year Imagine Better Learning works with national and international partners. We listen to the sector and work with others to create workshops, training, events, resources and networks that equip participants with practical tools for implementing their good life.

  • Where do I find Support Staff?

    Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 09:30 AM · Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club in Tauranga, New Zealand

    Recruitment and Individualised Funding

    Bay of Plenty | Physical In Person workshop | 9.30am - 3.30pm

    Venue | Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club | 90 Keith Allen Drive | Sulphur Point | Tauranga

     

    Do you have a personal budget or Individualised Funding? Are you thinking about Individualised Funding for the future? When you have your own Individual budget you can either ‘buy people’ or things. Attracting, recruiting, inducting, training and supervising the right person, or people into your life is what this workshop is all about.

    • You will hear from others who have first-hand experience at recruiting and managing staff
    • You will learn how to structure your recruitment processes for maximum benefit
    • You will hear about some of the core legislative and employment law principles you’ll need to follow
    • You will learn about supervising and supporting your staff, and
    • You will have time to interact and engage around your particular recruitment challenges / successes.

    This workshop has been designed for Individualised Budget holders and/or their agents.  It will provide you with real time examples of employment strategies and connect you with others who are on the same waka.

    This material is being delivered in three physical locations as a one-day workshop and as three online zoom sessions with multiple options.  

    To register please CLICK HERE

    For more information please contact

    Christina Slade at Parent to Parent [email protected] or 020 4170 6887 or

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) [email protected] 

     

  • Employment Services in Schools

    Tuesday, March 02, 2021 at 09:00 AM · Novotel Tainui, 7 Alma Street, Hamilton in Hamilton, New Zealand

    Employment Services in Schools Workshops: Collaborating and Partnering for Employment Outcomes

    This is a two-day workshop - March 2 & 3, 2021

    The Ministry of Social Development has recently contracted a number of local employment service providers to support disabled school leavers to prepare for, and successfully move from their secondary education into employment. 

    This new service is called ‘Employment Services in Schools’. It is separate and distinct from other supports and services currently available.

    We want to hear from you about how we can work in partnership to develop effective employment services in schools. We are holding workshops to create a space for open and shared conversations between three main groups (i) students and their families / whānau (ii) educators and learning support providers, and (iii) the new contracted employment support providers.   The facilitated workshops will be designed to hear what each group of people thinks is important in the new service, what they can contribute to the process and how we can genuinely collaborate and work in partnership to develop successful pathways to meaningful employment.

    Who should attend?

    • 14 – 21year old secondary school students who have a disability, health and/or mental health condition, or who identify as neurodiverse and where these impairments present a barrier to employment
    • Family and or whānau of students
    • Secondary school educators
    • Employment Services in Schools – contracted providers
    • Key Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Development staff
    • Other key stakeholders

    These events will involve:

    1. A two-day workshop across five locations.

    The events will cover, but not be limited to:

    • what this new contract is expected to deliver and how it differs from, and interacts with, existing services and supports
    • how each of the groups can contribute to the success of the students
    • ways we can share our personal and professional networks and resources to support students to get real and meaningful employment
    • how, as a local community, we can most effectively work together over the medium to longer term to create pathways that maximise the possibility for all students leaving school to successfully enter employment.

    Registration:

    This a free workshop. To register email Sue Eastwood on [email protected] 

    Questions or queries?

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | [email protected] | 0274 934 601

    Garth Bennie (NZDSN) | [email protected] | 0276 734 678

  • Where do I find Support Staff?

    Friday, March 05, 2021 at 09:30 AM · Western Community Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand

    Recruitment and Individualised Funding

    Hamilton | Physical In Person workshop | 9.30am - 3.30pm

    Venue | Western Community Centre, 46 Hyde Avenue, Nawton, Hamilton

    Do you have a personal budget or Individualised Funding? Are you thinking about Individualised Funding for the future? When you have your own Individual budget you can either ‘buy people’ or things. Attracting, recruiting, inducting, training and supervising the right person, or people into your life is what this workshop is all about.

    • You will hear from others who have first-hand experience at recruiting and managing staff
    • You will learn how to structure your recruitment processes for maximum benefit
    • You will hear about some of the core legislative and employment law principles you’ll need to follow
    • You will learn about supervising and supporting your staff, and
    • You will have time to interact and engage around your particular recruitment challenges / successes.

    This workshop has been designed for Individualised Budget holders and/or their agents.  It will provide you with real time examples of employment strategies and connect you with others who are on the same waka.

    This material is being delivered in three physical locations as a one-day workshop and as three online zoom sessions with multiple options.  

    To register please CLICK HERE

    For more information please contact

    Christina Slade at Parent to Parent [email protected] or 020 4170 6887 or

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) [email protected] 

     

  • Employment Services in Schools

    Tuesday, March 09, 2021 at 09:00 AM · CQ Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand

    Employment Services in Schools Workshops: Collaborating and Partnering for Employment Outcomes

    This is a two-day workshop - March 9 & 10, 2021

    The Ministry of Social Development has recently contracted a number of local employment service providers to support disabled school leavers to prepare for, and successfully move from their secondary education into employment. 

    This new service is called ‘Employment Services in Schools’. It is separate and distinct from other supports and services currently available.

    We want to hear from you about how we can work in partnership to develop effective employment services in schools. We are holding workshops to create a space for open and shared conversations between three main groups (i) students and their families / whānau (ii) educators and learning support providers, and (iii) the new contracted employment support providers.   The facilitated workshops will be designed to hear what each group of people thinks is important in the new service, what they can contribute to the process and how we can genuinely collaborate and work in partnership to develop successful pathways to meaningful employment.

    Who should attend?

    • 14 – 21year old secondary school students who have a disability, health and/or mental health condition, or who identify as neurodiverse and where these impairments present a barrier to employment
    • Family and or whānau of students
    • Secondary school educators
    • Employment Services in Schools – contracted providers
    • Key Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Development staff
    • Other key stakeholders

    These events will involve:

    1. A two-day workshop across five locations.

    The events will cover, but not be limited to:

    • what this new contract is expected to deliver and how it differs from, and interacts with, existing services and supports
    • how each of the groups can contribute to the success of the students
    • ways we can share our personal and professional networks and resources to support students to get real and meaningful employment
    • how, as a local community, we can most effectively work together over the medium to longer term to create pathways that maximise the possibility for all students leaving school to successfully enter employment.

    Registration:

    This a free workshop. To register email Sue Eastwood on [email protected] 

    Questions or queries?

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | [email protected] | 0274 934 601

    Garth Bennie (NZDSN) | [email protected] | 0276 734 678

  • Employment Services in Schools

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 09:00 AM · Surrey Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand

    Employment Services in Schools Workshops: Collaborating and Partnering for Employment Outcomes

    This is a two-day workshop - March 17 & 18, 2021

    The Ministry of Social Development has recently contracted a number of local employment service providers to support disabled school leavers to prepare for, and successfully move from their secondary education into employment. 

    This new service is called ‘Employment Services in Schools’. It is separate and distinct from other supports and services currently available.

    We want to hear from you about how we can work in partnership to develop effective employment services in schools. We are holding workshops to create a space for open and shared conversations between three main groups (i) students and their families / whānau (ii) educators and learning support providers, and (iii) the new contracted employment support providers.   The facilitated workshops will be designed to hear what each group of people thinks is important in the new service, what they can contribute to the process and how we can genuinely collaborate and work in partnership to develop successful pathways to meaningful employment.

    Who should attend?

    • 14 – 21year old secondary school students who have a disability, health and/or mental health condition, or who identify as neurodiverse and where these impairments present a barrier to employment
    • Family and or whānau of students
    • Secondary school educators
    • Employment Services in Schools – contracted providers
    • Key Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Development staff
    • Other key stakeholders

    These events will involve:

    1. A two-day workshop across five locations.

    The events will cover, but not be limited to:

    • what this new contract is expected to deliver and how it differs from, and interacts with, existing services and supports
    • how each of the groups can contribute to the success of the students
    • ways we can share our personal and professional networks and resources to support students to get real and meaningful employment
    • how, as a local community, we can most effectively work together over the medium to longer term to create pathways that maximise the possibility for all students leaving school to successfully enter employment.

    Registration:

    This a free workshop. To register email Sue Eastwood on [email protected] 

    Questions or queries?

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | [email protected] | 0274 934 601

    Garth Bennie (NZDSN) | [email protected] | 0276 734 678

  • Employment Services in Schools

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 09:00 AM · Southern Cross Hotel in Dunedin, New Zealand

    Employment Services in Schools Workshops: Collaborating and Partnering for Employment Outcomes

    This is a two-day workshop - March 23 & 24, 2021

    The Ministry of Social Development has recently contracted a number of local employment service providers to support disabled school leavers to prepare for, and successfully move from their secondary education into employment. 

    This new service is called ‘Employment Services in Schools’. It is separate and distinct from other supports and services currently available.

    We want to hear from you about how we can work in partnership to develop effective employment services in schools. We are holding workshops to create a space for open and shared conversations between three main groups (i) students and their families / whānau (ii) educators and learning support providers, and (iii) the new contracted employment support providers.   The facilitated workshops will be designed to hear what each group of people thinks is important in the new service, what they can contribute to the process and how we can genuinely collaborate and work in partnership to develop successful pathways to meaningful employment.

    Who should attend?

    • 14 – 21year old secondary school students who have a disability, health and/or mental health condition, or who identify as neurodiverse and where these impairments present a barrier to employment
    • Family and or whānau of students
    • Secondary school educators
    • Employment Services in Schools – contracted providers
    • Key Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Development staff
    • Other key stakeholders

    These events will involve:

    1. A two-day workshop across five locations.

    The events will cover, but not be limited to:

    • what this new contract is expected to deliver and how it differs from, and interacts with, existing services and supports
    • how each of the groups can contribute to the success of the students
    • ways we can share our personal and professional networks and resources to support students to get real and meaningful employment
    • how, as a local community, we can most effectively work together over the medium to longer term to create pathways that maximise the possibility for all students leaving school to successfully enter employment.

    Registration:

    This a free workshop. To register email Sue Eastwood on [email protected] 

    Questions or queries?

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | [email protected] | 0274 934 601

    Garth Bennie (NZDSN) | [email protected] | 0276 734 678

  • Employment Services in Schools

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 09:00 AM · Rydges Latimer in Christchurch, New Zealand

    Employment Services in Schools Workshops: Collaborating and Partnering for Employment Outcomes

    This is a two-day workshop - March 25 & 26, 2021

    The Ministry of Social Development has recently contracted a number of local employment service providers to support disabled school leavers to prepare for, and successfully move from their secondary education into employment. 

    This new service is called ‘Employment Services in Schools’. It is separate and distinct from other supports and services currently available.

    We want to hear from you about how we can work in partnership to develop effective employment services in schools. We are holding workshops to create a space for open and shared conversations between three main groups (i) students and their families / whānau (ii) educators and learning support providers, and (iii) the new contracted employment support providers.   The facilitated workshops will be designed to hear what each group of people thinks is important in the new service, what they can contribute to the process and how we can genuinely collaborate and work in partnership to develop successful pathways to meaningful employment.

    Who should attend?

    • 14 – 21year old secondary school students who have a disability, health and/or mental health condition, or who identify as neurodiverse and where these impairments present a barrier to employment
    • Family and or whānau of students
    • Secondary school educators
    • Employment Services in Schools – contracted providers
    • Key Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Development staff
    • Other key stakeholders

    These events will involve:

    1. A two-day workshop across five locations.

    The events will cover, but not be limited to:

    • what this new contract is expected to deliver and how it differs from, and interacts with, existing services and supports
    • how each of the groups can contribute to the success of the students
    • ways we can share our personal and professional networks and resources to support students to get real and meaningful employment
    • how, as a local community, we can most effectively work together over the medium to longer term to create pathways that maximise the possibility for all students leaving school to successfully enter employment.

    Registration:

    This a free workshop. To register email Sue Eastwood on [email protected] 

    Questions or queries?

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | [email protected] | 0274 934 601

    Garth Bennie (NZDSN) | [email protected] | 0276 734 678

  • Where do I find Support Staff?

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 09:30 AM · Pelorus Trust Sports House in Lower Hutt, New Zealand

    Recruitment and Individualised Funding

    Wellington | Physical In Person workshop | 9.30am - 3.30pm

    Venue | Pelorus Trust Sports House, 93 Hutt Park Road, Seaview, Lower Hutt 

     

    Do you have a personal budget or Individualised Funding? Are you thinking about Individualised Funding for the future? When you have your own Individual budget you can either ‘buy people’ or things. Attracting, recruiting, inducting, training and supervising the right person, or people into your life is what this workshop is all about.

    • You will hear from others who have first-hand experience at recruiting and managing staff
    • You will learn how to structure your recruitment processes for maximum benefit
    • You will hear about some of the core legislative and employment law principles you’ll need to follow
    • You will learn about supervising and supporting your staff, and
    • You will have time to interact and engage around your particular recruitment challenges / successes.

    This workshop has been designed for Individualised Budget holders and/or their agents.  It will provide you with real time examples of employment strategies and connect you with others who are on the same waka.

    This material is being delivered in three physical locations as a one-day workshop and as three online zoom sessions with multiple options.  

    To register please CLICK HERE

    For more information please contact

    Christina Slade at Parent to Parent [email protected] or 020 4170 6887 or

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) [email protected] 

     

  • Life After School - What's next? (April 7 & 8 and May 18, 2021)

    Wednesday, April 07, 2021 at 09:00 AM · Crown Hotel in Napier, New Zealand

    A three day event comprised of a two day workshop (April 7 & 8, 2021) and a one day workshop (May 18, 2021).

    PLEASE NOTE: By registering for this event you are registering for all three days

    This series of events has been created to support the development of a shared foundation for the three key stakeholders in the 'transition space', (i) students and their families (ii) educators and (iii) employment and day service providers.  It will enable a deeper understanding of the key issues each group is grappling with and actively explore how, together, we can relook at this journey for our youth.  There will be a plethora of practical strategies explored to enable participants to return to the 'real world' and begin the process of creating the necessary change.

    Who should attend

    • 13 - 21 year old college students and their family / whanau
    • Secondary school educators
    • Key Ministry of Education Staff
    • Service providers involved in 'transition', employment and day support

    Costs and registration

    • Free for disabled students and their family / whanau - To register please email Sue on [email protected] 
    • $250 + GST (for all three days) for professionals.  N.B. this may be reimbursable for eligible organisations (those with MSD contracts) through the MSD training fund - To register please follow this link https://nzdsn.org.nz/training/ 

    Find out more

    To find out more about the MSD training funding - https://www.nzdsn.org.nz/nzdsn-training-and-workforce-development-fund/

    To find out more about the event contact - Tony McLean | [email protected] | 0274 934 601

  • Life After School - What's next? (April 13 & 14 and May 20, 2021)

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 09:00 AM · The Beachcomber Hotel in Nelson, New Zealand

    A three day event comprised of a two day workshop (April 13 & 14, 2021) and a one day workshop (May 20, 2021).

    PLEASE NOTE: By registering for this event you are registering for all three days

    This series of events has been created to support the development of a shared foundation for the three key stakeholders in the 'transition space', (i) students and their families (ii) educators and (iii) employment and day service providers.  It will enable a deeper understanding of the key issues each group is grappling with and actively explore how, together, we can relook at this journey for our youth.  There will be a plethora of practical strategies explored to enable participants to return to the 'real world' and begin the process of creating the necessary change.

    Who should attend

    • 13 - 21 year old college students and their family / whanau
    • Secondary school educators
    • Key Ministry of Education Staff
    • Service providers involved in 'transition', employment and day support

    Costs and registration

    • Free for disabled students and their family / whanau - to register please email Sue on [email protected]
    • $250 + GST (for all three days) for professionals.  N.B. this may be reimbursable for eligible organisations (those with MSD contracts) through the MSD training fund - to register please follow this link https://nzdsn.org.nz/training/

    Find out more

    To find out more about the MSD training funding - https://www.nzdsn.org.nz/nzdsn-training-and-workforce-development-fund/

    To find out more about the event contact - Tony McLean | [email protected] | 0274 934 601