Whanau who attend our programme are aged between 16 and 64 and have learning, intellectual, physical, or sensory disabilities and/or conditions.  Our daily activities run from Monday to Thursday with everything from classes in cooking to road trips to the zoo, beach or other amazing activities which encourage our whanau to become more confident whilst learning skills as we engage in the community.

Our service is free to people who meet the Ministry of Social Development criteria for funding, if you are unsure whether you meet this then give us a call and we can help you figure it out. If you do not meet the MSD Criteria we can offer a pay per visit option, so please ring us to discuss further.

Our LYNKZ-Outreach operates in Mid to Far North in Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Opononi and Kaitaia.

Use the download button to download the enrolment form, fill out and send back to lynkz@northable.org.nz.

If you are unable to download and print the enrolment form please contact us on 0508 637 200 and we can send or post a the form.

NorthAble LYNKZ is a community based service that works to improve the lives and life skills of our clients whilst also increasing employment awareness and opportunities in Whangarei.

If you would like any further information about our LYNKZ Service please contact us on 0508 637 200 or email northable@northable.org.nz, or alternatively message.

About us

Employment is one of the biggest factors that lock tāngata whaikaha (people with disabilities) out of society. Raising work and career opportunities provides an essential place for connection and lifts the model for next-generation practices.

Āhei is a service provided by NorthAble that works to provide meaningful, enjoyable work opportunities for tāngata whaikaha. We bring partner employers and businesses together with motivated members of the disabled community, creating a meaningful employment future for tāngata whaikaha.

We want to invest in diversity development to see a fair representation of tāngata whaikaha working across organisations to reflect the communities we live in and assist in furthering the independence of the community. Our partner organisations share this vision, and we offer the support to implement diverse and inclusive practices and develop our interns to bring their enriched perspectives into the workplace.

Become an Intern

We understand that society disables individuals, and the employment sector is no different. The Āhei program is an internship that removes barriers to the workforce by providing direct access to corporate, commercial, non-government and community organisations across Whangārei so tāngata whaikaha (people with disabilities) can participate in work.

Our Process

Step 1: Application

   · You apply for the program and our mentors meet with you to discuss your goals.

    · Both you and the Āhei team decide if the internship is right for you and which cohort you’ll join.

    · We aim to match you to a work placement role that suits your capabilities, goals and interests.

Step 2: Internship

    · You attend a three-week long introduction course, three days per week, to get you ready for your placement.

    · You then start your internship work placement.

    · You also attend our readiness course, one day per week, which will support you to understand the skills you are learning at work.

    · We give you individualised mentorship throughout your placement if you need support.

    · We also liaise with your host employer to ensure a successful placement.

Step 3: Employment

    · At the end of your internship, we help you find paid employment.

Why Āhei

SUPPORT

Āhei has a team of mentors to guide you through every step of your internship placement, from commencement to graduation.

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

We guide you through your employment development with workshops, training, peer sessions and job placement to provide learning opportunities along the way.

GROWTH

We provide opportunities to grow professionally in the workplace and personally through an alternative approach to the program that supports your individual learning needs.

COMMUNITY

We help you build social connections with peers, actively working to create a collegial atmosphere between you and your fellow interns.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Aged between 15 to 24 years old
  • Have a disability that is likely to last six months or longer
  • Available for the approximately 20-week internship placement and committed to participating in the full length of the program
  • A New Zealand citizen (or hold an appropriate visa)
  • Be able to reasonably carry out the full length of the internship’s job placement and workshops (including travel to and from the NorthTec classroom and work placement)

The Ideal Applicant

  • A long-term desire to be employed
  • Understand your disability as an individual or have a willingness to understand and self-advocate (we can help with this)
  • Willingness to participate and engage with others, upholding the values of the Āhei project and the Enabling Good Lives approach.

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Become a Partner

Āhei works to provide internship placements for tāngata whaikaha (people with disabilities) into government, commercial, corporate and non-profit organisations.

Why Āhei?

SUPPORT

Āhei has a team with expertise to guide partner organisations and interns through the program.

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

We offer disability competency training by specialists in the field to our partners and individualised support for host business with interns in work placement roles.

COMMUNITY

We are connected to various community organisations and network with our partner businesses with other authorities and diversity initiatives in the sector.

TALENT

Our interns create a talent pool that is diverse, which in turn diversifies and adds immeasurable value to your business profile and social capital.

NETWORK

We create network of businesses across the region, creating a community of like-minded organisations.

How You Can Help

  • Active partnership

Provide placement opportunities for our interns

  • Passive partnership

Sponsorship of events associated to Āhei

Or talk to us about exploring other ways to collaborate

How active partnership works

INITIAL MEETING

We meet on-site to discuss the program and what you can offer an intern. We then conduct a site assessment to help ensure we select the most appropriate intern for your environment.

MATCHING

We select an intern from our talent pool according to their interests and your needs for a purposeful placement.

UPSKILLING

We provide intensive, individualised training to Āhei interns in preparation for their work experience placement.

WRAP-AROUND SUPPORT

The Āhei team provides ongoing mentoring and assistance to interns and partners, ensuring a well-supported experience for everyone.

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Contact

Our
LYNKZ - Support for those with learning, intellectual, physical, or sensory disabilities
Team
Abbe Clark

LYNKZ Facilitator

abbe.clark@northable.org.nz

0211998645

Natalie Woods

LYNKZ Programme Facilitator

lynkz@northable.org.nz

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