Youth Transition Service
A new service aimed at ORRS funded students in their final year of high school.
- Students must be currently living in New Zealand.
- Must be a permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.
- Are aged between 16 and 21, funded by ORRS; in their final year or school; or
- Have an ongoing disability, a WINZ number, aged 16 or above
- Funding comes directly from Ministry of Social Development;
- Is on a per student basis; and
- Will in no way affect the students ORRS funding or any other funding.
- ORRS students: our service will start for these students in their last year of high school.
- Other disabled students: contact will be made in their final year but the service will start from the day they leave school.
Paul Hunter Centre will provide help with
- Developing daily living skills
- Participation in community activities
- Participation in further training
- Support in planning, goal setting
PAUL HUNTER CENTRE’S EXPERIENCE IN DELIVERING TRANSITION SERVICES
Over the past few years, the Paul Hunter Centre has been providing a service to young people attending Central Hawkes Bay College, aged between 18 and 21 years with varying levels of disability, including those with complex care support needs, learning difficulties or physical or sensory impairments.
Our Centre has been offering a stimulating and supportive environment within which young people can enhance their skills for independence, in preparation for adult life. Emphasis is also placed on enabling the young people to access opportunities and facilities in the wider community. Each young person is helped to find out what they enjoy and to experience the fulfillment that achievement can bring. Ultimately our aim has been to help these young people develop the confidence and skills to live a fulfilling life as part of the wider local community.
During the past few years several local young people have moved through our service, from attending the local college and our service part time, to either moving onto other educational opportunities, gaining employment or becoming a full time participant in our service.
PAUL HUNTER CENTRE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE A TRANSITION SERVICE
The Paul Hunter Centre team, including staff and volunteers, are very skilled in assisting our clients and delivering a quality service. Each client is able to choose a key worker, who ensures that his or her support needs are met consistently.
Within our small community of Central Hawkes Bay, there is an established network consisting of community organizations and also, government organizations with which the staff of the Paul Hunter Centre has formed good working relationships with, and for whom we able to call on for specalised advice or support when needed.
Working with the Individual’s Family
We work closely with all our clients’ family or primary caregiver to ensure that we are providing a service that responds to the needs of the client. In the case of a young person, because of the age, we place a strong emphasis on maintaining close links with friends and family.
Support from Educational Services
Links have been formed between the Centre, Central Hawkes Bay College and the Special Education Services and regular contact is maintained between each organization.