Welcome to the Alexandra branch
If you live in or near Alexandra, please contact us for support, advice and information relating to disability. Our services are community based and we have staff providing a variety of services for disabled people and their family and whānau and the wider community.
We offer a range of services for disabled people and their family and whānau including access to our modern well-equipped holiday home in Queenstown. All our support services (with the exception of Mobility Parking and Total Mobility) are free.
There are a number of ways you can access them. While some of our services may need a referral and not all the services offered by CCS Disability Action are available from our branch, please get in touch with us directly to discuss your needs and what we can offer you.
You could also contact your GP or AccessAbility as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.
Local Advisory Committee
Our branch is guided by a Local Advisory Committee that is made up of members who provide governance and leadership over our local branch operations.
You can contact Local Advisory Committee Chair Kathy Obers on Governance.Southland@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 218 9696.
Local Executive Committee
Our Local Executive Committee is made up of members who provide financial management and oversight at a branch level. You can contact Local Executive Committee Chair Virginia Wilson on Governance.Southland@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 477 4117.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can make a difference as part of our Governance, we would love to hear from you. Email Governance.Southland@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 477 4117.
There are a number of ways you can support our work in communities. If you wish to make a donation or bequest, volunteer your services to our branch, find out about membership, or enquire about becoming a caregiver for us, please visit Support Us or contact our branch directly.
If you'd like to make a donation to the Alexandra branch be sure to select Southland when you complete the online form and mention Alexandra in the comments field.
Inspired by a career in early childhood teaching and working with Scouts New Zealand for more than 20 years, Kathy Obers has been a Southland Local Advisory Committee (LAC) member since 2001and the Southland LAC Chair since 2008.
When she joined the committee she discovered she could make a difference for people with disabilities and get their get the voices heard in a variety of ways.
Kathy encourages her fellow committee members to speak out and participate in the variety of training offered, such as seminars. She says these forums provide a way of ensuring that people know they can take control of their lives and have a choice to work, live and be involved in many pursuits that interest them.
“The growth in disabled persons taking on leadership roles throughout our organisation is enlightening, their voices are being heard throughout New Zealand making a big difference to national and local government policies.”
Kathy sees the biggest challenge for Southland is to encourage members to join the LAC and bring their voices to the table. She’d like to see LAC involved in more project work, like the ‘Mobility within our City’ survey and forum done in 2008.
To Kathy the perfect world for people with disabilities is one where everyone is accepted for who they are with their needs met. This includes accessible communities with user-friendly transport, accessible housing and education all readily available.
“I’d like to see everyone having the choice to live where they wish, work earning a wage and able to pursue their interests and passions,” says Kathy.
Mel Smith General Manager Southern Region
My role is to support the running of the six entities in the South Island and to support local leadership to provide quality services to people in urban and rural areas around the island.
My association with CCS Disability Action began in 2000 when I was a student social worker at Otago University. During my placement I recognised how easily my values align with those of CCS Disability Action, and after graduation I joined the Southland branch as a Support Worker and then Community Worker (now Service Coordinator).
To alter my horizons, I moved to Western Australia to work at the Deaf Society, where I ran the employment and community services departments. A qualified sign language interpreter, I never thought when I moved to Australia that I would need to learn another language!
I saw the Team Leader role in Otago advertised in 2009 and came home to take up that position. When the region restructured, I also became Team Leader in Waitaki and later moved into the acting Regional Manager role. In October 2016 I commenced as the General Manager of the new Southern Region.
CCS Disability Action is a family affair for me. My Mum is a Service Coordinator in the Southland branch. I had my son while working as Team Leader in Otago and he came back to work with me at 11 weeks of age. My partner is a researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute and has partnered with us on projects. My stepdaughter is a student at Otago University. My work-home life divide can sometimes be a bit blurry, but I quite like that.