Parent to Parent humbly appreciates your support.
Whether you contribute a single amount, or on a regular basis, you help us empower families in New Zealand to lead good lives.
The only difference between our families and any other family is that they have a member with a disability or health impairment. We walk the journey with the whole family, providing knowledge, learning, networking, and trained parents with the wisdom of lived experience.
There are more than 3600 rare and common conditions regarded as a disability – from the physical, medical and intellectual, to behavioural – not all visible or present at birth.
How will your donation help?
Our two main services are free and confidential – and in New Zealand they are unique to Parent to Parent.
- Train parents of children with disabilities and health impairments to be Support Parents for other parents new to the world of disability. Supported parents are better equipped to focus on the gifts, skills and strengths of their child, and not let the disability block the pathway to a bright future. Children in positive families always do better.
- Enable our research and information team to keep the information we send out up to date and relevant. This service is tailor-made for the requester – parents, early childcare, schools, workplaces, health professionals and anyone working in the disability sector. There is no limit to the number of requests they can make.
Education and other services
Programmes and workshops for families nationwide, delivered by trained facilitators or through e-learning:
- Renew is for parents new to the world of disability
- Advocacy allows families and professionals to learn how to be heard so their needs are met
- Individual Education Plan (IEP) to help parents ensure their child receives everything they are entitled to at school
- Sibling Support camps and workshops allow special events and networking for children who have a sibling with a disability
- Second Generation Workshops for adult siblings and parents for a whole-family approach to support their family member with a disability when the parents are aged and ready to pass on the baton of care
- Altogether Autism specialist information and access to professionals
- Library – a free service via website or phone
- Kitchen Tables – local groups serving the community, eg, sending a proposal to local council under its annual plan to enhance lives of people with disabilities. Parent to Parent set these up to become self-managing
- Family activities
- Collaboration with other services and programmes like Imagine Better, Life Unlimited, Ideas Services (formerly IHC), SAMS (Standards and Monitoring Services), Think Differently, and Enabling Good Lives.