The Enabling Good Lives Waikato demonstration has been going for six months and we currently have 137 people and their families engaged. People funded through Enabling Good Lives are using their Government contribution in the way that best suits their needs. We are also seeing an increase in participants who are putting their plans into action in non-funded ways. There is high interest from people and families wanting to take part and we will be working with a new group of participants in April.
Not only is the list of participant growing but also our team of Tuhono/Connectors, as we are currently in process of recruiting another one to join our team to help keep up with the increasing interest.
On the 10th of December, we had Minister Wagner visit Enabling Good Lives Waikato to see first-hand how the demonstration is progressing. We had three participants share their very different stories, though each had a focus on the importance of the Enabling Good Lives principles. The participants stories including having control over their own living situation, giving back to the community and choosing what supports they want and when.
Whilst Minister Wagner was visiting she also met with members of the Waikato Leadership Group and talked with staff through about systems and processes. Enabling Good Lives received great feedback from Minister Wagner who was impressed with both the participants’ stories and the direction of the demonstration.
With so many success stories and learnings already happening we look forward to the results of our initial evaluation report due out in March.