IHC's - COVID-19 Emergency Response for the Most Vulnerable

IHC needs your support now more than ever as we move quickly to support and protect people with intellectual disabilities and their families. People with intellectual disabilities are amongst the most vulnerable in our communities around New Zealand.


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As part of IHC’s story, in IDEA Services we support thousands of people.

Our amazing staff moved quickly to lockdown homes and ensure that around 3000 people were safe in their own homes.

These services are funded through Government contracts. But we are all heading into tough times and we know that people with intellectual disabilities throughout New Zealand will need support from our services and from our communities.

“Our teams are working so well in these strange times, it’s incredible.”

“In the middle of this, the people we support are still having fun.”

“I’m amazed by the standout actions of our Support Workers in their commitment to the people they work with.”

Please support people with intellectual disabilities and their families at this critical moment.

Make sure to come back and read more about this soon.


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Support for families of children with intellectual disabilities.

IHC has acted swiftly to set up a Facebook page called Awhi at home (Awhi means Embrace). On this page families can access online sessions with play therapists, music therapists and behavioural therapists, plus practical and shared lived experience from other parents, so they don’t feel completely alone and overwhelmed.

This vital IHC coordinated initiative involves a wide range of organisations, including Parent to Parent, Explore Behaviour Support, the Ministry of Education, Parent Resource Centre, the Down Syndrome Association and Skylight.

Where we have phone numbers, IHC volunteers are also checking in with families, and we have launched IHC’s extensive volunteer network.

Click here to visit the Awhiathome facebook page.


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Support for people living independently in their own home.

IHC launched its extensive volunteer network in communities around the country and teamed together with Carers NZ to provide connection support for all vulnerable people living at home.

It’s called WeCare.Kiwi and is a website and an 0800 number people can call. All our volunteers are Police checked prior to working with vulnerable people.

We know there are people out there that need friendship support and guidance with things they might not have done before, like online shopping.

Often all they want is someone to call once or twice a week to check they are OK. This team of dedicated volunteers will provide support and advice where required.

Visit wecare.kiwi to find out more.


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