Groups and Organisations
HALBERG DISABILITY SPORT FOUNDATION
AllSports is the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation’s community programme to enhance the lives of physically disabled young people by enabling them to participate in sport. The programme carries the Foundation’s work through to areas where it will truly make a difference – in the community, the school-ground and the family home. The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation employs nine dedicated field staff to support the AllSports programme throughout New Zealand. Have-a-Go days are ‘open day’ events run in partnership with established sports organisations and clubs. They aim to introduce physically disabled young people to new sports and establish on-going adapted programmes. Check out their website to find a sport for you !
Exercise is just as important for a person with Spina Bifida as for anyone. It is essential to maintain good heart and lung health through aerobic exercise, as well as reducing the risk of osteopeania and osteoporosis. Through childhood and adolescence, families should encourage their child to participate in regular exercise and physical activity. Physical activity increases strength, dexterity, and balance all of which can improve skills needed for dressing and, if used, when transferring to and from a wheelchair. Exercise can also help to prevent secondary conditions such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, pressure sores, hypertension, urinary tract infections, and respiratory disease.
The mission of ParaFed is to “provide opportunities and encourage all people with physical disabilities to participate in sport and recreation”. There are currently 11 ParaFed Associations operating around New Zealand.
Each year the Spirit of Adventure take 30 youth with physical challenges who are between the ages of 16 – 20yrs on a 5 day development Inspiration Voyage aboard their purpose built 45m tall ship Spirit of NZ. Participants come from all over NZ and are selected by referrals from organisations and schools. The focus of the program is to provide an opportunity to face challenges outside their usual boundaries, gaining confidence and achieving things that previously may have looked impossible. Participants have an amazing experience and this is one of their most looked forward to voyages.
Sailability World Incorporated operate in numerous countries throughout the world, including New Zealand through activities at 350 local clubs. Sailability is a “not for profit”, volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability. Sailability activities cover a broad spectrum, ranging from recreation, therapeutic and competitive activities, from grass-root, entry level through to elite World Championships and Paralympic training.
Reels on Wheels is a non profit charitable trust registered with the New Zealand charities commission which provides free fishing trips for people in wheel chairs. Reels on Wheels is run by a team of volunteers who enjoy fishing and want people in wheel chairs to experience the freedom of fishing. The fishing trips are free for chair anglers and a buddy, (caregiver). The fishing trips are funded through sponsorship and donations from various community trusts, businesses and individuals. Reels on Wheels currently operate out of Auckland, but are expanding around New Zealand. The fishing trips are on New Zealand surveyed charter vessels with qualified skippers, working under Maritime New Zealand rules.
Outward Bound run adapted courses suitable for people with a wide range of abilities who are independent, active and seeking adventure. In a safe and supportive environment, participants will try activities like sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, tramping, fun team-building challenges and more.
Activate is an 8 day course for people over 18 years who have a physical disability, including those who use manual wheelchairs or walking frames or crutches. Scholarships for this course are available.
Contact 0800 OUTWARD (688 927) for more information.
Phone: (04) 472 3440
Fax: (04) 472 8059
Ability Adventures has evolved out of a dream – to see people with special needs, a disability, blindness or vision impairment have the same opportunities as others for exploration, adventure and discovery through travel. Ability Adventures is based in Dunedin and operate throughout the North and South Islands and Stewart Islands (and other areas as requested). Ability Adventures specialise in designing and leading accessible New Zealand holidays and journeys for small groups, normally between 2 and 6 people.