Welcome to the New Zealand Federation of Vocational and Support Services (VASS)
We are a federation of 70 community organisations that support disabled people by helping them identify and fulfil their personal goals and aspirations, find work and participate in their communities.
Our goal is to ensure disabled people are working, participating and fulfilling their aspirations in inclusive communities.
We provide the following services for our members to help them achieve this:
- Provide opportunities for peer support through meetings, seminars and a peer mentoring programme
- Provide members with a joint voice to Government and fund holders
- Provide members with information through our popular e-newsletter, as well as providing information about government policy, current research and issues
As the 2014 Election draws closer, VASS has put together it's election messages which are based on the challenges and opportunities our members' have shared with us.
We have also put together other election resources we hope our members' will find helpful.
To view and download copies of these resources please click here.
Congratulations Lifestyle Choices
A huge congratulations to Lifestyle Choices who were honoured with an award at this year’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) In Action Awards.
Lifestyle Choices took out the Accessible Service Award which acknowledges an organisation’s outstanding commitment to the deaf in their community.
Award organisers said Lifestyle Choices were chosen as the worthy recipient of the award through its implementation of staff sign language classes. In fact the disability support organisation that caters to the Bay of Plenty region received the nomination by one of the sign language interpreters who trained staff.
Lifestyle Choices Director Russell Smith said the award had been a welcome surprise.
“When we first heard that we were nominated we were a bit taken aback, but never the less very pleased and honoured.
“We always get great feedback from the staff about the training as through it they say they are able to build a strong rapport with the deaf clients that they work with.”Photo supplied by: Deaf Aotearoa
Need a Capability Mentor? Visit onefishsolutions.org.nz
One Fish Solutions (which was launched by VASS last year) is now a Ministry of Social Development approved Capability Mentor. If you have received funding from the Capability Investment Resource we can assist you with your Capability Self-Assessment, developing a Capability Plan based on your assessment and implementation of your plan in the following areas:
- Strategic Governance
- Adaptive Leadership
- Operational Management
- Workforce Development
- Organisational Responsiveness
- People Living with Disability
To find out more go to www.onefishsolutions.org.nz