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.

  • Tips and Tricks for positive NASC Engagement (Morning)

    Tuesday, December 08, 2020 at 10:30 AM · Disability Connect Offices in Auckland, New Zealand

    A positive relationship with your local Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) service is very helpful. 

    This three hour workshop will give you a deeper and clearer understanding of: 

    (i)    What a NASC is and how it works

    (ii)   How you can prepare for your next assessment and why this is helpful

    (iii)  What is up for negotiation and what is not

    (iv)  Where you can get assistance if you need to 

    This workshop has been designed for disabled persons and their family / whanau who engage with a local NASC.  

     

    RSVP is essential: 09 636 0351 or admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz

     

    Disability Connect is a charitable organisation relying on grants and donations from our funding partners. They strive to provide services for free such as attendance at our parent's support groups.  They now charge a nominal fee of $20.00 per family for our regular seminars.  Payment alternatives are on their website and will be sent by email when booking.  Please do not hesitate to contact them if you find it difficult to come up with the fees.  They are determined that cost will not be a barrier to families attending these popular and valuable seminars

    Disability Connect now charges $50 including GST for each professional (working in the disability sector) attending our seminars. This can be paid by cash, cheque (made out to our full organisation name Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc.) or direct debit.  We do not accept credit card or Eftpos payments.  We are happy to send an invoice at time of booking of a professional and payment is required prior to attendance.  Refunds will only be given if you cancel and this must be made at least 24 hours prior to the seminar.  Please phone to cancel.

     

     

     

  • Tips and Tricks for positive NASC Engagement (Evening)

    Tuesday, December 08, 2020 at 06:00 PM · Disability Connect Offices in Auckland, New Zealand

    A positive relationship with your local Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) service is very helpful. 

    This three hour workshop will give you a deeper and clearer understanding of: 

    (i)    What a NASC is and how it works

    (ii)   How you can prepare for your next assessment and why this is helpful

    (iii)  What is up for negotiation and what is not

    (iv)  Where you can get assistance if you need to 

     

    This workshop has been designed for disabled persons and their family / whanau who engage with a local NASC.  

     

    RSVP is essential: 09 636 0351 or admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz

     

    Disability Connect is a charitable organisation relying on grants and donations from our funding partners. They strive to provide services for free such as attendance at our parent's support groups.  They now charge a nominal fee of $20.00 per family for our regular seminars.  Payment alternatives are on their website and will be sent by email when booking.  Please do not hesitate to contact them if you find it difficult to come up with the fees.  They are determined that cost will not be a barrier to families attending these popular and valuable seminars

    Disability Connect now charges $50 including GST for each professional (working in the disability sector) attending our seminars. This can be paid by cash, cheque (made out to our full organisation name Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc.) or direct debit.  We do not accept credit card or Eftpos payments.  We are happy to send an invoice at time of booking of a professional and payment is required prior to attendance.  Refunds will only be given if you cancel and this must be made at least 24 hours prior to the seminar.  Please phone to cancel.

     

     

  • Keeping Safe Feeling Safe

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM · CCS Disability Action Offices in Tauranga, New Zealand

    This 5 week, 10 session series is a partnership between People First NZ & Imagine Better

    These events have been created specifically for people with a learning disability.  They cover the important topics of

    • How to keep yourself safe
    • What to do if you not feel safe
    • Your rights and he law
    • What is abuse
    • Talking to the Police and making a report of abuse
    • Support services that can help you 

    Each session will run from 10am - 12.30pm on the following dates

    • 26 & 29 January 2021
    • 2 & 4 February 2021
    • 9 & 11 February 2021
    • 16 & 18 February 2021
    • 23 & 26 February 2021

    To find out more or register or request a copy of a plain language flyer please contact

    Yi Small (People Frist) | yi@peoplefirst.org.nz | 0275 263 387

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | tony.mclean@imaginebetter.co.nz | 0274 934 601

  • 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 admin@nzdsn.org.nz 

    Questions or queries?

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | tony.mclean@imaginebetter.co.nz | 0274 934 601

    Garth Bennie (NZDSN) | garth@nzdsn.org.nz | 0276 734 678

  • 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 admin@nzdsn.org.nz 

    Questions or queries?

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | tony.mclean@imaginebetter.co.nz | 0274 934 601

    Garth Bennie (NZDSN) | garth@nzdsn.org.nz | 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 admin@nzdsn.org.nz 

    Questions or queries?

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | tony.mclean@imaginebetter.co.nz | 0274 934 601

    Garth Bennie (NZDSN) | garth@nzdsn.org.nz | 0276 734 678

  • Employment Services in Schools

    Monday, March 22, 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 22 & 23, 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 admin@nzdsn.org.nz 

    Questions or queries?

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | tony.mclean@imaginebetter.co.nz | 0274 934 601

    Garth Bennie (NZDSN) | garth@nzdsn.org.nz | 0276 734 678

  • Employment Services in Schools

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 09:00 AM · Rydges Latimer in Auckland, 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 admin@nzdsn.org.nz 

    Questions or queries?

    Tony McLean (Imagine Better) | tony.mclean@imaginebetter.co.nz | 0274 934 601

    Garth Bennie (NZDSN) | garth@nzdsn.org.nz | 0276 734 678

  • 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 admin@nzdsn.org.nz 
    • $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 | tony.mclean@imaginebetter.co.nz | 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 admin@nzdsn.org.nz
    • $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 | tony.mclean@imaginebetter.co.nz | 0274 934 601