Fund money a boost for Creative Centre

Saturday July 14, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Vounteers Denise Beck (right) and Tini Fryer were pictured last year with some of the products at the Creative Centre hut. 17031018 Vounteers Denise Beck (right) and Tini Fryer were pictured last year with some of the products at the Creative Centre hut. 17031018

Last week, 12 non-governmental and civil society organisations received $169,250 from the Social Impact Fund (SIF), to help them carry out projects focused on vulnerable groups within the Cook Islands community.

Amongst the recipients was the Creative Centre, which was established in 2001 as a life skills programme that catered for adults with an impairment. The centre’s aims include greater community participation, uncovering realistic employment opportunities, and enabling people with disabilities to access education.

“We anticipate that at least six members would be available for work of some kind and we plan for this number to increase over time,” a centre spokesperson said in a media release.

A total of $14,000 was donated to the Creative Centre. This money will go towards the employment of a “employment and recreation coordinator”, the spokesperson said. The person in this new role would be charged with identifying opportunities for Creative Centre members to participate “more fully” in the community.

“This will involve training and a degree of supervision. However, the goal is to encourage independence and self-reliance.

“We recently participated in a staff exchange with a Wellington-based service provider (Community Connections), and we were able to share experience from New Zealand around employment and recreation.

“It is time to follow this inclusive approach and move toward more community based involvement.”

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