Take a break with us

All families, whanau and carers need a break from their caring routines to rest and put their feet up.

Take a break with us

All families, whanau and carers need a break from their caring routines from time-to-time to relax and put their feet up. 

Families who have children, young people or adults with an intellectual disability often face a range of pressures, be they emotional or financial, and it can be difficult to find an opportunity to take that much-needed time away to unwind and re-focus. 

This is where IHC’s Take a break with us programme can come in. This programme aims to make a tangible difference in the lives of families, whanau and carers by providing an opportunity for that much needed time-out from the stresses that can be encountered during the usual day-to-day. 

Pamper packages are currently offered in the Manawatu region only but we'll keep you posted as we roll these out through New Zealand. 

How does it work?  We are very lucky to have the suport of a number of organisations that donate hotel nights or pamper package experiences.  We thank them all.

So Take a break and come relax for a night or two with us.

We know time is precious so if you're unable to take a short break we can offer you a "pamper package".  This might be a manicure, a hair-cut or a blow-wave and treatment.

How Take a break with us works

Take a break with us is available to anyone who has a family member living at home with an intellectual disability or Autism.

It is a referral programme where families can be nominated and referred to Take a break by anyone – a friend, neighbour, support worker, IHC Area Manager or you can fill it in for yourself! 

You don’t need to be using an IHC service to be eligible.  IHC supports all people with intellectual disability or autism and their families.

If referred and you are eligible for the programme you will be offered one or two night’s free accommodation at one of our participating hotels, holiday homes or alternative lodging experiences.  

In addition, as part of the programme you may also be offered assistance with leisure activities and transportation to and from your break if you need it.  

Please note that although you are welcome to bring members of your family on your break, we are unable to provide additional care for your child or children through the programme for when you are away.

Louise takes a break with IHC

By necessity, most of Louise Inglis’ time at home is involved with her youngest son, who has significant disabilities. Unfortunately, this means that Louise and her oldest son don’t get to spend as much time together as they would like.

For Louise her night away through IHC’s Take a break with us programme was just what was needed.

“It was such a treat to have time out with my eldest son,” says Louise.

“It was wonderful to have time doing lovely things together without worrying about the cost and without being distracted by the needs of our youngest, knowing he was well cared for at home by my husband and other carers.”

The pair stayed at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland, which kindly donated the accommodation to the Take a break programme. 

“It was a fantastic venue. The staff were very helpful and courteous and it was so easy having the restaurant as part of the hotel.

“We received, our Prezzy card, which was wonderful and allowed total flexibility. We had a buffet dinner for the two of us that night, and we paid for data allowance in our room to watch an inspiring movie and still had a little more left over for hot drinks and treats.

“The best thing of all was Waipuna’s outdoor spa in such a beautiful tranquil setting,” says Louise. “It was so relaxing sitting outside, listening to the birds, enjoying the crisp winter day, feeling totally warm and relaxed.

“I am most grateful to the sponsors. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Apply now

Take a break with us is available to anyone who cares for a person with an intellectual disability or Autism living at home.  It is a referral programme where families can be nominated and referred to Take a break by anyone – a friend, neighbour, support worker or an IHC Area Manager.  You don’t need to be using IHC Services to be eligible. 

If you or someone you know are in need of a short break please complete the initial application form.

 

 

Once we have received your application form we will let you or the family know by email if you or the family are eligible for a break.  The receipient will need to complete an additional travel related form for us to start planning the short break. 

Please note that although you are welcome to bring members of your family on your break, we are unable to provide additional care for your child or children through the programme for when you are away. 

 

 

Read the terms and conditions.

If you require any further information about the application process please contact us on takeabreakwithus@ihc.org.nz or (04) 471 6569.

How you can support Take a break with us

 

We can't run Take a break with us without the support of the fantastic organisations that donate hotel nights or pamper package experiences.

If you'd like to donate an experience or donate money to support this great cause please contact Danette Wilson at takeabreakwithus@ihc.org.nz or (04) 471 6569.

We'd love to hear from you.

Thank you to our sponsors

Short Break Sponsors

North Island
Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland
Whispering Sands, Gisborne
Cumberland Court, Hawkes Bay
Rose City Motel, Palmerston North
Bentleys Motor Inn, Palmerston North
Awatea Park Motel, Palmerston North
Cornwall Motor Lodge, Palmerston North
Alpha Motor Inn, Palmerston North
Hacienda Motor Lodge, Palmerston North
Primrose Manor, Palmerston North
Hotel Coachman, Palmerston North
Copthorne Hotel, Palmerston North
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington
Choice Hotels, New Zealand
Village Group, New Zealand

South Island
Arthurs Court, Christchurch

 

 

Pamper Package Sponsor

Studio 31, Palmerston North
Let's Face it Hair and Beauty, Palmerston North
Upper Cut Hair and Beauty, Palmerston North
Grin Hairdressing, Palmerston North
Beauty Electric, Palmerston North
CT Hair Boutique, Palmerston North
Anigma Beauty, Palmerston North
Veronica Jayne, Palmerston North
Rodney Wayne, Palmerston North
Vivo Hair and Beauty, Palmerston North