By Pam Tomkins | Posted: Wednesday March 9, 2016

Working in partnership with people to enable great lives.

About Us 

 We are a not-for-profit charitable trust that supports youth and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders.  Support is available for people in the Greater Green Island area and across communities in Otago and Southland. 

 We recognise that all people are different and therefore should be respected and supported as individuals. Our support can range from one hour per week for problem solving to 24 hour one-to-one support. 

People are supported to learn and maintain skills in many different areas of life such as household management, education, communication, relationships, employment, and health and wellbeing. 

Specialist support in the areas of behaviour, parenting, employment and healthy lifestyles are available to all those receiving support. 

CCT is also a Regional Intellectual Disability Supported Accommodation Service (RIDSAS) provider. This is support and rehabilitation for people who have committed a criminal offence and require a safe place to live and learn.

We recognise families play an integral role in the lives of people we support and welcome opportunities to work together. CCT has family/whanau representation at governance level and hosts family/whanau forums throughout the year.

Our Services 

 Supported Employment 

We provide a variety of support options for people seeking paid employment. Our work is aligned with supported employment best practice guidelines.

  • Open waged employment: Supported Employment is based in the open labour market; same rewards, same conditions as everyone else.
  • Individualised – based upon partnership: Supported Employment services are expected to meet a client’s individual support needs (whether employer or job seeker). They fundamentally represent a partnership.
  • Direct access to employment pathways: Supported Employment services will facilitate direct access to the labour market (optimally within 4 weeks) developing and utilising a precise job/person match – without insistence upon prolonged ‘getting ready’ activities or pre-vocational training.
  • Inclusive services; socially inclusive outcomes: No person will be ‘screened out’ or denied service based upon a perceived severity of challenge or disadvantage.
  • ‘Life match’ through choices: Work is a means to an end and should complement and enhance a person’s life and well-being, and the achievement of their aspirations and potential.
  • Ongoing workplace support: Support services and strategies are designed to achieve the best possible outcome for both employer and employee, and promote the development of natural supports, which may lead to the withdrawal of formal support services.

Community Development 

We work alongside people seeking support to participate in and contribute to their community, whether this be joining clubs or groups, volunteering or trying out a number of different community activities to decide what it is they like to do. 

Our team of community resource workers and community facilitators are knowledgeable and connected with networks in a number of our communities.

Transition from School

We understand that this can be a time of both excitement and uncertainty as students leave school and transition to life as an adult. Our aim is to ensure that transition from school is a coordinated and well planned process.  We believe that the student is the primary stakeholder in the transition process. The dreams and goals of the student are the key driver in guiding our work.  We welcome referrals from students up to 2 years prior to them leaving school. This allows us time to connect with the student and family/whanau, attend IEP meetings and build a relationship in the first instance. We then expect that when the student is in their final year of school all parties are better prepared and ready to engage in the nuts and bolts of the transition process.

Micro Business

Starting a new business can be a daunting prospect. Our employment facilitators offer support for people to develop their ideas into a business plan. We focus on the skills and strengths of the person. Micro-business is a tried and tested method for creating employment opportunities for people who have not had success in obtaining work in the open employment market. 

Social Enterprises

We provide employment opportunities for people we support within our social enterprises, which include property and vehicle maintenance. Our social enterprises are based on viable business models that allow us to pay people at least the minimum wage.

One year internships are offered where able to provide participants with a year of training and part year of paid employment – learning work skills on the job. Internships are available within the social enterprises or as part of the reception or cleaning crew. An internship with the cleaning crew enables people to gain a qualification over the year.

Purchase support from CCT

We provide access to over 200 staff with a variety of skills and interests. We will work alongside each person and their family/whanau to identify the best match. This may be a support worker, community facilitator, employment facilitator or micro-business coach.

Learn with CCT

We provide opportunities for families to continue their own learning throughout the year. This includes sponsorship to attend conferences, participation at in service training alongside staff or working through a series of Open Future Learning modules.

Work for CCT 

CCT recognises that our staff are our biggest asset, and that it is only through having great staff that we can offer quality outcomes.  They set us apart from other organisations, place us in a leadership position within our sector and it has always been our intention that CCT is the employer of choice.  Please visit our website to view current vacancies or apply for work.  

 Access and Eligibility

Please contact us directly if you would like to discuss how to go about accessing support. [email protected] or contact the main office on 03 466 3055.