NorthAble Disability Services

Work and Community Participation - LYNKZ Programme

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LYNKZ - Drop In Link Up

What is NorthAble LYNKZ?
We are a community participation and vocational support day progrmme, based in Whangarei.

Why it works?
The LYNKZ programme is unique, with participants deciding everything they do at weekly meetings, where they get to help choose what trips, events and programme activities to participate in.

 What do we offer?
We assist people with a disability to participate more fully in the community and to access employment.

 Who can use our service?
Any person aged 16 - 64 years who has an intellectual, physical or sensory disability or a combination of these.

How much does it cost to participate?
Our service is free to Whangarei participants who meet Ministry of Social Development criteria. A User-pays system operates for the Dargaville programme. Contact us for details.

Is there a referral process? 
Yes, referrals can be made by:

- You, the person with a disability.
- Your family/whanau.
- Service providers.
- Medical practitioners.

LYNKZ offers weekly activities and events including:

- Cooking classes  -
we teach healthy cooking of every day meals. We teach participants healthy choices and supermarket budgeting.
- Community -  we support participants to plan activities or attend events of their choice. The programme is driven by the participants and they decide what they do.
- Arts - we prepare art works for our own yearly annual art exhibition. Participants try new things,  find out what they like and explore their strengths
- Work -  we help with CVs and interview skills. We set up work experience for participants. We help participants work towards and find paid employment. We can also assist employers to find the right person for the job. 
- Life skills - we help facilitate the learning of new life skills from budgeting to catching a bus. We encourage participants to achieve their goals.

Programme Timestables:
Whangarei and Dargville programmes are generally open 4 days a week. Activities change regularly.

Come in and see us, phone 09 430-3470 for an appointment or contact us here to find out how LYNKZ can work for you.

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