Friendship Facilitiation Service

The closing of the Kimberly Centre in 2006 saw 300 residents move to communities throughout New Zealand.

In the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Kapiti regions there are approximately 200 men and women who have left the Kimberly Centre and now receive the necessary support to enable them to live in their own homes and access their community.

The vision contained in the New Zealand Disability Strategy (NZDS) is one of a fully inclusive society. 

New Zealand will be inclusive when people with impairments can say they live in: 

"A society that highly values our lives and continually enhances our full participation." 

With this vision in mind, support services should aim to promote a person's quality of life and enable community participation and maximum independence.
Services should create linkages that allow a person's needs to be addressed holistically, in an environment most appropriate to the person.

Disability support services should ensure people with impairments have control over their own lives. Support options must be flexible, responsive and needs based. They must focus on the person and where relevant, their family and whanau, and enable people to make real decisions about their own lives.

Definition of the Friendship Service
The Ministry of Health has purchased a Friendship Facilitation Service from MASH Trust Board. The service is open to former residents of Kimberley Centre who have left Kimberley since April 2003 and now live on the Kapiti Coast, and in the Horowhenua and Manawatu.  The service is to assist people to establish friends and social supports in their community.

The role of the Friendship Facilitation Coordinator includes;

  • Referral Service: Set up and maintain a Referral and Matching service.Identify and screen friends and volunteers.
  • Individual Planning: Meet individual service users to ascertain interests and other relevant factors to ensure a close match with a volunteer.
  • Family Consultation/Satisfaction:Ensure families are involved in individual planning and are satisfied with the service provided.
  • Community Integration: Develop social networks by active community participation in social settings such as culture groups, clubs and other groups.
  • Service Promotion: Ensure the service is promoted through a variety of approaches such as: talking to groups / individuals and service organisations.
  • Develop promotional material.
  • Community Education: Speak to community groups to reduce any possible anxiety.

What is the Friendship Facilitation Service all about?
The aim of volunteering within the Friendship Service is to enhance social and leisure opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and to promote inclusion into their community.

This is done by matching a volunteer with a person who has intellectual disabilities by finding out similar interests and hobbies. People from all walks of life are encouraged to become volunteers as everyone has skills and gifts which they can pass on to others.  In return MASH Trust offers training for people committed to the relationship. The Friendship Coordinator offers regular catch-up days for advice and support.

Volunteer Friendship
There are no special qualifications or experience needed to befriend another person. However some of the characteristics that we are looking for are: To be .. 

  • Caring
  • Patient
  • Supportive
  • Empathic
  • Empowering
  • Sociable
  • Committed
  • Reliable
  • Team player

You will not be left alone and will have as much support from staff and the Friendship Co-ordinator for as long as you need.

On application you will receive:

  • An application form
  • Volunteer Description
  • An outline of the process

What are some of the activities you can do while volunteering:

  • Go to a café and enjoy socialising over a cup of coffee.
  • Enjoy a quiet walk along the beach, park or bush walking.
  • Get involved in gardening, pot planting, growing herbs or vegetables.
  • Visit the Living Plus Day Services and get involved in arts and crafts, painting, socialising, being part of this unique team environment.
  • Participate in special occasions such as birthdays, movies or going to a rugby match.

For further information or to request a contact:

 Friendship Facilitation Co-ordinators - Katy Breheny and Pat Hayman

Tel: (06) 355-7200 Palmerston North  (06) 366-0105 Levin Fax: (06) 355-7201 Mobile: (027) 613 -3977


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