Who are we?
Over 30 years as a disability support provider
We’ve been around for a while, having started out as Te Awamutu Residential Trust back in 1989. We were founded as a disability support service for 10 people with intellectual disability who were leaving Tokanui Hospital. Initially this support was provided in residential homes in Te Mawhai and Te Awamutu.
Over the years we’ve grown in leaps and bounds – having started out with a staff of seven, we now number over 50. Similarly, the number of people we support has increased from the original 10 to around 45.
Evolving to meet your needs
As times have changed so too have the expectations of the people we support. We’ve evolved to meet these changing needs with a key focus on providing more flexible and personalised support to better suit each individual. This ranges from fully supported residential care through to highly independent living. It embraces the principles of Enabling Good Lives, a partnership between government agencies and the disability sector.
Support tailored to each individual
Each person has a different vision of the way they want their life to be so our role is to help you achieve that, with the reassurance of knowing that you also have all the backup and support you need. It’s up to you, and your families to determine exactly what that level of support should be.
Facilitating meaningful relationships
A key part of our philosophy as a disability support provider is to help people to get connected – helping you to live a rich and fulfilling life enhanced by a network of meaningful relationships. This includes providing an individually selected group from our staff who become your team, as well facilitating meaningful connections within your community.
Connexu’s vision is ‘communities where people are empowered.’
We collaborate with people to create and sustain a life that is meaningful to them, and we contribute to the strengthening of our community and encourage inclusiveness.
Social Justice – equality, equal opportunities, no discrimination, responsibility, independence
Integrity – honesty, transparency, professionalism, respect, cultural sensitivity, individualisation
Collaboration – supporting, encouraging, working together, working with others, team work, partnership, cooperation, sharing
Innovation – no boundaries, openness, communication, vision, creativity, new Ideas, pioneering, development
Care – toward the people we support, the staff we employ and the communities we are part of.