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Identity Statement

Our Organisation

The Laura Fergusson Trust is an independent not-for-profit service organisation providing a service twenty four hours per day, seven days per week to enhance the lives of people who face barriers to inclusion, involvement and independence on the basis of impairment.

We provide Rehabilitation, Residential, and Assessment services from multiple locations throughout Christchurch, including our Long-Term Residential and Residential Rehabilitation services at 279 Ilam Road, as well as our Specialist Community Rehabiliation Services located at 177 Montreal Street. We also provide the community-based Reconnect Programme in Bishopdale, which operates five days per week. 

We have strong links with other Laura Fergusson Trusts elsewhere in New Zealand but operate independently of them.

Our interdisciplinary team includes Medical Specialists, Registered Nurses, Qualified Support and Coaching Staff, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Clinical and Neuropsychologists, Dietitians and Social Workers. We work closely with, and support, other service providers in the disability services sector to ensure we use resources wisely, share knowledge, and adopt best practices across the sector.

Our Board of Trustees provides governance over the affairs of the Trust and our CEO leads all operational matters.

Our Services

We provide a range of short and long-term residential, rehabilitation and assessment services for people 16 years of age and over with brain injuries, physical, sensory, neurological impairment or multiple impairments.

Our Approach

are an evolutionary organisation concerned with continuous improvement. We are determined to reflect current sector best practice in all our operations and are constantly aware of changes in the needs of our clients and working with their families / whanau, the Laura Fergusson Trust aims to lead societal change on behalf of those we serve.

primary function is the development and facilitation of skills associated with daily living and the expression of individuality. We specialise in age- and lifestyle-appropriate service provision. We specialise in providing a goal directed continuum of support and care.

adhere to the social model [1] of disability. Our approach is characterised by our dedication to rehabilitation and habilitation [2] in all we do, and by our passion for providing freedom and support to maintain individuality, identity and personal lifestyle within a strong community focus.

build trusting relationships and individual programmes that maximise self-management, connectedness, community connection and inclusion.

Our Guiding Principles and Philosophy

live in a disabling society.  Disability is not something individuals have.  What individuals have are impairments - physical, sensory, neurological, psychiatric, intellectual or other impairments.[3] Disability [4] is the process arising from one group of people creating barriers by designing a world only for their way of living, taking insufficient account of the impairments others may have.

accept and uphold the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities as the basis of our relationships with those we are established to serve.

support the New Zealand Government's Disability Strategy (NZDS), developed by the Minister for Disability Issues in consultation with disabled people and the wider disability sector. The document reflects many individuals' actual experiences of disability. NZDS presents a long-term plan for changing New Zealand from a disabling to an inclusive society.  It proposes that New Zealand will be inclusive when people with impairments can say "We live in a society that highly values our lives and continually enhances our full participation."

Vision of "Ordinary Life Opportunities" creates the over-arching basis of, and common thread to, our strategic direction.  When developing organisational policy and strategy for the provision of services and our relationship with the wider community we ask, "Will this create ordinary life opportunities?"

Our strategy aims to create opportunities in work, play, family and community involvement, for people with impairments to participate, make mistakes, solve their own problems, have adequate support, and be empowered and active to maximise their own lives.

[1] The social model of disability is a move from a predominantly medical approach to one in which psychological and sociocultural aspects are equally important.

[2] Habilitation is the coordinated use of medical, social, educational, and vocational measures to assist individuals born with limitations in functional ability to achieve greater physical, mental and social development by enhancing their well-being and teaching skills which increase the possibility that they will make progressively independent and responsible decisions about social behavior, quality of life, job satisfaction
and personal relationships. This contrasts with retraining people who have lost abilities due to disease or injuries, which involves rehabilitation.

[3] Impairments are shortfalls in the working of various body systems or structures.

[4] Disabilities are when impairments create shortfalls in a person's ability to meet the demands of daily living.