Introduction to Bluegum Road Vocational Services

The Bluegum Road Vocational service is funded by the Ministry of Social Development to facilitate employment opportunities and community participation for the residents of Bluegum Road. 

The MSD service contract identifies the scope of work as falling into four broad areas:

  • Facilitating paid full or part time employment;
  • Supporting training and development options;
  • Facilitating community participation;
  • Building social networks.

The two Bluegum Road Vocational staff report to the MASH Trust Manager of Vocational Services through the Team Leader at Bluegum Road.

Our goal is to work together with the people we support and their family/whanau to achieve their vocational and community participation aspirations.

The service is committed to a person-centred approach to service delivery in which the vocational and community participation strengths and preferences of the person are identified, acknowledged and used as a foundation to build an action plan for the future.

The process involves collaboration and partnership with the person and their family/whanau and others identified by the person as significant. 

As a result of consultation with the person and significant others an individualised plan is developed which identifies longer term vocational aspirations and related shorter term goals.

These are documented with an action plan that identifies areas of responsibility and built in evaluation points.

The intent of the process is to involve the person as closely as possible in future planning and decisions which affect their life.

The principles underlying the plan include:

  • An individuals strengths are the foundation;
  • An individuals aspirations and preferences provide the direction;
  • Informed choice is the basis for decision making;
  • Making resources available is a challenge not a limitation;
  • Learning occurs through doing;
  • Full participation is a pre-requisite for partnership.

The personal planning process is built around a cycle of review and accommodation to challenges. It therefore does not rely on a once a year meeting but is responsive to changing circumstances and needs as they occur. Informal discussion with the person and their support network and small meetings as required are therefore a normal part of the process.

Service Expectations
We expect that the process and action plan would achieve some of the following outcomes for residents:

  • Employment in real jobs with real pay;
  • Greater involvement in integrated settings in the community;
  • Learning of new skills to enhance independence and quality of life;
  • Increased control over and input into decisions which affect their lives;
  • An increasingly wide network of natural supports and friends;
  • An increase in self esteem and self confidence.

The vocational staff  are required to be experienced in the delivery of disability support services and hold relevant disability support qualifications.

Hours of Operation
The vocational service staff work a 40 hour week. Normal hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm however there is built in flexibility to accommodate evening and weekend support where required.

Service Manager - Geoff Sewell (027) 258 9428 

Team Leader - Ian Cowie (04) 298 1374 or (027) 282 0822

Vocational Support Staff -

Lisa Neilsen (04) 298 1374

David Daniel - (04) 298 1375

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