Learn more about how and why we do the work we do in communities, through the stories of some of the people we are privileged to support. 

Crippled Children at Whanganui Hospital2
Our history

The Wellington Branch of CCS Disability Action had a very close relationship with Rotary and the formation of the Crippled Children’s society; in fact Sir Alexander Gillies wife is our current Patron. Read more about Our history's story.

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Disability is no barrier to becoming a business owner Read more about Shanae's story.

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Bright, outgoing and independent with a great attitude and wicked sense of humour, Emily Fraser ( 21) of Invercargill lives a full and very active life. Read more about Ems's story.

Thumbnail shot of Indiah enjoying her family holiday on the Gold Coast

A family holiday seemed one challenge too many for Indiah Kearns (9) and her close-knit family of three. Read more about Indiah's story.

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Once shy Naomi Fraser (6) has had a longer road than most of her peers settling into school but it’s proved to be time well spent with the fun-loving youngster now going from strength-to-strength. Read more about Naomi's story.

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Described affectionately as ‘a showman with a big personality’, Nesta Rei and his family have high expectations for his future. Read more about Nesta's story.

Thumbnail shot of Ollie experiencing sailing on the SV Tenacious

Last June, Wellington’s Ollie Goulden did a 12 day voyage on the SV Tenacious, one of two tall ships owned and operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Read more about Ollie's story.

Nathanel our Stories3

CCS Disability Actions’ new Community Support Coordinator Nathanael Sadlier, 23, relocated from Gisborne to Masterton to fulfil his goal of working with young people. Read more about Nathanael's story.


It’s only been a year since mathematical whizz Laurence Reeves, 26, of Tauriko, first set foot in CCS Disability Action’s Tauranga branch wanting support to find work and he’s already found a forward thinking design firm delighted to take him on. Read more about Laurence's story.

Robbie and Rii our stories2
Robbie and Rii

There might a bit of an age gap for Nelson flatmates Robbie, 46, and his nephew Rii, 23, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Read more about Robbie and Rii's story.

Margaret Colqhoun Our stories2

“Not so long ago, I wouldn’t say boo to a grasshopper,” Margaret says, but a lot has happened recently to change both her living situation, as well as her belief in herself and her abilities. Read more about Margaret's story.

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Shannan Kohi is a man who has literally 'defied the odds'. From the time he was first born until today he's regularly been told by his doctors that he will not see his next birthday. While Shannan's physical health remains a central aspect of his life's story, at 39 years old, he is no longer defined by it. Read more about Shannan's story.

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At just 20 years old, Aleesha Kostyrko-Jones has landed her dream job. We share the steps she took to get there and find out what's next for this determined young woman. Read more about Aleesha's story.

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Heather wanted to work so she could afford to feed herself and her cat and have a bit left over to enjoy life. Having a job for the last two years has given her all that, and so much more – confidence, a sense of belonging and community, fitness and purpose. Here, Heather shares her story. Read more about Heather's story.

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