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

VASS October Forum - register here

Registrations are now open for our interactive and practical October Forum which will focus on how we can develop services to reflect the principles of Enabling Good Lives.

When: October 21st - 22nd,  2014.

Where: CQ Hotels, 223 Cuba Street, Wellington.

To download a registration form please click here.

To download a forum programme please click here.

Registrations close October 7th, 2014, so please email your completed registration form to: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or post it back to us by this date.

Once again we are offering a group discount for organisations who bring three or more staff.  This is an opportunity to develop your team and have some great conversations with colleagues about the challenges and opportunities for the sector.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

VASS UK Study Report 2014

The full report on the VASS contingents' experiences during their trip to the UK can be downloaded by clicking through to the Learning Areas section of our website.

The report provides more detail on the trip than was able to be provided at the July regional forums, including what they learned about social enterprise, the personalisation of services and community development.

If you would like a hard copy of the report you can order one from the VASS Office for $15 (including postage). Please email: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING to place an order.

Election 2014

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.

Need a Capability Mentor?  Visit

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
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Organisational Responsiveness
  • People Living with Disability

To find out more go to

News & Views

Our Members

Vision Employment Support Services - taking a holistic approach

When Michael O’Loughlin moved back to New Zealand from Australia following the death of his partner back in 2001, naturally he was feeling a bit down and out.

Despite this he was determined get his life back on track, with one of his main priorities being to return to the workforce.


Our Community

Pou Whakaaro - Collaboration with design school creates new community hub

Creating a multi-purpose Community Hub in the Eastern Bay of Plenty is one step closer thanks to a design collaboration between Pou Whakaaro and the Unitec School of Architecture.

Through the collaboration a detailed plan of the project has been designed and released with three potential sites being put forth in the proposal.


Our People

Daniel's award-winning results

When Avalon BOP Inc member Daniel Kitchen made the decision to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award - Bronze level, he was under no illusion it was going to take a lot of hard work.

But after completing six months volunteering at the SPCA, three months each of physical recreation at the BOP polytechnic gym and art at the Avalon Art room, along with one practice and adventurous journey, the hard work has paid off and Daniel is now the proud owner of the award.


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