Welcome to the Timaru branch

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

If you live in or near Timaru, 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 homes at Lake Tekapo. 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 Life Links  as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.

Local Committee

Our branch is guided by a Local Committee that is made up of members who provide governance, leadership and financial management at a branch level.

You can contact Local Chair Geoff Clarke on Governance.SthCanterbury@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or 03 684 6151.

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.SthCanterbury@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 684 6151.

Support us

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 Timaru branch be sure to select South Canterbury when you complete the online form.


South Canterbury Annual Report 2017/2018 (PDF 2.1 MB)
Contact Information
  • Street Address

    2-4 Victoria Street
    Timaru 7910

  • Postal Address

    PO Box 585
    Timaru 7940

Our People

General Manager
Geoff Clarke

Geoff Clarke

Educated at Fairlie Primary and Timaru Boys’ High Geoff joined the editorial staff of the Otago Daily Times as a cadet reporter in 1957. In 1962 he was commissioned into the Public Relations branch of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

In his 30 year service with the Air Force and, following the amalgamation of the PR branches of the individual Services into a Defence-wide organisation, he held Joint Services’ PR posts in Auckland, South East Asia (based in Singapore), Deputy Director of Defence PR and finally, in the rank of Wing Commander, Director – a post he held for eight years.

In 1987 Geoff was appointed to an administrative post in RNZAF Headquarters finally retiring from the Service in July 1992.

Geoff’s interest in the work of CCS Disability Action came about through the association of the Wellington Eagles’ Golfing Society and the Wellington and Wairarapa branches.

After retiring to Geraldine in 1999 he volunteered to fill the then post of Eagles’ Representative on the South Canterbury Branch’s Committee. By this time the direct Eagles’ association with CCS Disability Action had come to an end. However, at the suggestion of the then Upper South Regional Manager, David Matthews, he became a member of the Branch’s LEC assuming the Chair in 2015.

Mel Smith

Mel Smith

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.

Simon Templeton

Simon Templeton

A proud Cantabrian, Canterbury West Coast Local Executive Committee Chair and Board member Simon Templeton calls Ōtautahi home. Simon also serves as the Chief Executive of Age Concern after working as a registered nurse for over 25 years.

It is his passion for seeing all people given the opportunity to live a meaningful life that drew him to governance at CCS Disability Action.

“I was looking for somewhere I could contribute my skills that put people at the front and centre of every decision they make. CCS Disability Action was a perfect fit for these values,” he explains.

It’s an involvement he has relished. “I love being part of this organisation. I love the people, locally and nationally. I love the kaupapa and the strength of disabled people’s voice in shaping our work. It’s great to have a clear sense of purpose – guided by clear strategic directions.”

Simon encourages people – regardless of their work experience – to consider getting involved with CCS Disability Action. “Good governance takes a range of skills and that’s what we have today. We all have different things we can offer, so if you’re thinking about contributing in some way, I’d encourage you to get in touch with your local branch!”

Simon is optimistic about what is ahead for the disability sector. “When we talk about system transformation, it’s important to look at it as a transition not a ‘change’. Change has a start and end point, whereas transition does not. We should be constantly transitioning in order to best serve disabled people, so as long as we’re guided by the people we support good outcomes will follow.”

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