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InMotion Matariki Parade – fun for all the family! Saturday 21 July from 5.30pm, Silo Park

Decorate your wheels and/or yourself and head to Silo Park for the annual illuminated Matariki parade. Haka Fusion, exciting floats, Vector Lights and cool performances, entertain you as you travel to The Cloud for the spectacular aerial finale! Learn the dance moves to Wairua by Maimoa, for the grand mass dance-off in The Cloud. Touch Compass has ensured it’s free and fully accessible for all, including an audio-described tour. Part of Auckland Council’s Matariki Festival. See you there!

Dear Members and Friends,

Disability Connect, previously known as Parent and Family Resource Centre, is a not-for-profit organisation and we’ve been around for almost 25 years. We have always managed to survive on our government contract, supplemented by grants and donations from the private sector.

Many of you will be aware that money for organisations like ours is highly contested, and in recent months we have come to the realisation that we need to seek alternative sources of income. In our 25 years of service, we have never asked our families, nor any of the vulnerable people we have helped, for payment of any kind.

In April and May of this year alone, we dealt with around 1,100 inquiries from individuals, family members or professional organisations. In May of this year, our website had 4,452 page views. Our social work service has, since its inception, supported over 130 families with complex disability related needs.

We believe that the need for our organisation has never been greater and we want to continue to offer the high levels of support and information that people have come to expect from us. If you have ever used our services, you will know why we are so proud of our staff, their energy and their commitment to the disability sector.

To that end, we are appealing to you to make a donation to Disability Connect. Any amount will be most gratefully received. Did you know that donations over $5 are tax-deductible?

You can donate by contacting us if you wish to donate by direct credit, cheque/cash or to set up a regular payment plan.

Thank you,

Colleen Brown, Chair

Disability Connect

What’s in the latest issue of Tots To Teens Magazine.

The latest issue of Tots to Teens is out, and we have a fantastic new phone and computer friendly digital version for parents to view. Be the first to read about the latest way to connect with your kids by “love bombing”, go beyond books to ramp up children’s reading, feed your kids 5 healing foods that are easy on the pocket, teach kids how to spot a frenemy, become a gut microbiome expert, and discover 9 playful ways to teach children mindful breathing.

Click on the following link to be taken to the Tots to Teens home page

Here is the link to the new digital magazine