Support in your community

We are still doing all we can to advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with intellectual disabilities and support them to live satisfying lives in the community – even if that isn't face to face.

We all have a role to play in caring for ourselves, our families, and our communities during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

We've partnered with Carers NZ to launch, a programme to connect New Zealanders of any age living alone or caring for others with social connection and practical help.

To request volunteer support, phone 0800 777 797, email, or visit the website.


Awhi at home

Through the IHC Library, we've collaborated with other organisations to share resources to support parents on a Facebook page called Awhi at home (Awhi means Embrace).

On this page you'll see online resources that we're collating from around the web to help you and your children at home. We're interested in your ideas, tips and strategies we can share with others.

We're also planning online sessions with play, music and behavioural therapists, plus practical and shared lived experience from other parents. Awhi at home is scheduling these sessions and we'll let you know when they are ready as soon as we can.

Please let us know the type of resources you want to see, including the expertise you'd like to access.

Click here to visit the Awhi at home facebook page.

People First New Zealand helpline

A COVID-19 helpline is now live for people with intellectual disabilities.

IHC are working with People First New Zealand and the Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Trust to respond to people with intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can call the People First New Zealand helpline on 0800 20 60 70. It’s free to call from anywhere in New Zealand. While People First New Zealand staff will respond to calls in the first instance, we will work together to make sure all people get the help they need.