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Welcome to the New Zealand Federation of Vocational and Support Services (VASS)

We are a federation of 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 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Inclusive NZ wishes you all the best for a safe and happy holiday season.

Our office will be closed from midday on 24 December – 7 January.

Staff will be taking annual leave throughout January so apologies if it takes longer than usual for us to get back to you.

See you all in the New Year!


Inclusive NZ March Forum 2015

We are pleased to announce that we have now confirmed the dates for our March Forum 2015.

The Forum is to be held in Wellington from the 24-25 of March, 2015 so please pencil this in your diaries.

Watch this space for updates on how to register, as well as information on programme details.


Getting to grips with ICT Systems:A look at Client Management Systems

Want to know more about ICT systems and what is likely to work best for your organisation?

To aid you in the decision-making process Inclusive NZ has gathered together case studies on five of its member organisations and the systems they use.

To access this resource click here to be taken through to our Learning Areas section.


Inclusive NZ's submission on the More Effective Social Services Paper

Thank you to all our members who gave us feedback on our submission to the Productivity's Commission's inquiry into how it can improve the ways government agencies purchase social services and how purchasing influences the quality and effectiveness of social services.

We have now sent the submission in and were pleased to be able to focus its contents on the key areas that were important to you.

To read our submission please click here to go through to the submission section of our website.


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

To find out more go to www.onefishsolutions.org.nz

News & Views

Our People

Talented Artist's Christmas themed book

The festive season has always been a favourite time of year for Sarah Taylor-Smith and now she has been able to express this love artistically in a Christmas themed book.


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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.


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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.


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