Welcome to the Auckland branch
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
If you live in or near Auckland, please contact us for support, advice and information relating to disability.
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 Taikura Trust as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.
Dig It! Royal Oak Organic Garden
The Dig It! Royal Oak Organic Garden was established in 1982. Today, this thriving community hub showcases organic and permaculture gardening practices to local schools, community groups and keen gardeners in a welcoming and accessible environment. You can find out more about how you can Dig It! with us over on our blog.
Jubilee Trust and Cook Opie Trust
The Jubilee Trust and Cook Opie Trust provide financial support for people with physical disabilities living in Northland, Auckland and the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Find out more about the trusts' funding criteria and how you can apply here.
Accessible meeting room hire
Our Auckland branch has three high quality and accessible meeting rooms available for hire. Learn more about our facilities and great rates here.
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 Co-Chair's Allyson Hamblett or Tim George or LAC Regional Representative, Vicki Terrell on Governance.Auckland@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 09 625 9378.
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 David Rees on Governance.Auckland@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 09 437 1899.
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.Auckland@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 09 950 5687
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 foster caregiver for us, please visit Support us or contact our branch directly.
If you'd like to make a donation to the Auckland branch be sure to nominate us when you complete the online form.
14 Erson Avenue site map (PDF 828 KB)
Auckland Annual Report 2021 (PDF 4.2 MB)
I was born with cerebral palsy and enjoy being able to give back to an organisation that supported me growing up.
I work at Māpura Studio, a creative space and art therapy centre located in central Auckland which offers art classes and art therapy programmes for people of all ages living with disability and diversity, as well as the wider community.
My job as a Media Assistant at Māpura Studio involves cataloguing artworks and writing articles that profile artists for the website. I also attend art classes there.
I am also on the Board of Outline NZ, an organisation that supports the LBGTTI+ communities.
I have been on the Local Advisory Committee since 2010 and became Chair in 2011 enjoy supporting disabled people to have the same opportunities to do what all people do.
David was invited to join the organisation as a member of the Board of the Crippled Children's Society Auckland Inc. in 1993 and was involved in the design of the Millennium Charter and transition to CCS Disability Action.
He has also been appointed by the National Board to the Local Executive Committee of the Manawatu Horowhenua Branch for a period of time. David was made a Life Member of CCS Disability Action in 2014. He has a lived experience with disability.
He worked in the public health sector in senior management roles for over thirty years and now works at the University of Auckland. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of NZ College of Health Service Management and the NZ Institute of Health Management. He enjoys singing in choirs and is active in a number of community organisations.
He is married and has two daughters.
Tim George is passionate about CCS Disability Action’s vision for working alongside disabled people to live the lives they choose for themselves. He has a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Literature from the University of Auckland, and previously worked at CCS Disability Action for four years. His interests include politics, human rights, history and pop culture. He also loves dogs and writes about movies in his spare time.
Bettina Syme General Manager Northern Region
It has been my privilege to have worked in the health and disability sector over the past 30 years and still counting! With my background as a registered nurse, my early years were working in tertiary health settings and DHB but following the arrival of my children I made the transition to the community and Not-for-Profit sector and have never looked back.
What I love about working in the community is coming alongside people and families as a connector and advocate as by belonging to a community, people can access the supports and resources they need to live their lives to the fullest.
Working for CCS Disability Action aligns to those values as we seek to provide information support and advocacy so that every disabled person is included in the life of their family and community and I count it as a privilege to lead out on our vision across the Northern region.
Rev Vicki Terrell lives with Cerebral Palsy.
She grew up in Auckland. Mount Street and Symonds St loomed large in Vicki’s formative years. Speech Therapy and other activities at Dadley Foundation, going to church at St Paul’s in Symonds Street and studying at Auckland University gave her a good grounding for life.
Vicki’s long association with CCS Disability Action started in the 1960s as a client receiving speech therapy and field officers’ services. The 1980’s saw her become politically active in the disability movement. Vicki moved to Wellington in the 1990s and was involved in work for CCS Disability Action. She was invited to join the Local Advisory Committee in Wellington in 1999. In 2003, Vicki was asked to apply for a Field Work position in Wellington. In late 2004 she was offered a position in policy in the National Office. One of her tasks was to facilitate the National Disabled Staff group. While training for the Anglican ministry Vicki took a break from active involvement but resumed it in 2012.
Describing disability and Christian faith as the two major strands in her life, Vicki is a Disability Community Chaplain and the Northern Elected Regional Representative to the national board. She is passionate about making the community a place where all people can flourish and reach their full potential in a world where attitudes and beliefs, as well as the built environment, are hospitable and accessible to all.
Vicki is the middle of three girls and enjoys connecting with family and friends.