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Call for disability community representatives

Tuesday February 4 2020

Palmerston North City Council believes it is important that all community voices have opportunities to be heard on matters that are important to them. The Disability Reference Group gives a forum for the needs of disabled people to be heard and considered in the context of Council’s roles and priorities.

Photo shows illustration of different ways people can be disabled: hearing, physical etc.

New members are needed to join this group, with expressions of interest closing on 2 March 2020, at 4pm.

The purpose of the group is to share with us the interest, perspectives and expertise of people within the community who have experience of disability. Group members help us build relationships and open communication channels with the city’s disabled community, and give guidance, advice and support during our strategic planning and decision-making processes. Further, group members let us know where we are working well with the disabled community, and where we can do better.

When filling the eight to 12 group roles, we will be looking for a balance of people with a lived experience of disability, a family perspective, or a wider community view. We welcome a range of age, gender, and ethnicity/culture (including Māori).

There are criteria that will be considered, including that group membership must be at least 60 per cent disabled people.

Community member selection criteria

  • The member must represent, and have the responsibility to report back to, at least one disability or community organisation that works within Council’s boundaries.
  • The member must have experience of living with disability and/or an interest in disability issues.
  • The member must contribute to the diversity of the group.

A designated City Councillor is part of the group.

The initial term is one year. Members of the group determine future selection process, which will be transparent and inclusive.

Group meetings are held bimonthly, with a minimum of four meetings a year, held at a time and place agreed by the group.

If you feel this is a role for you, please email your expression of interest with a letter to Brooke Carter, PNCC Community Funding Coordinator. Your letter should cover why you think you would be a great addition to this group.

For any further information please email or call/text her on 021 517 583.