Welcome to the Westport branch
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
If you live in or near Westport, 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 Christchurch and Paroa on the West Coast. 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 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 Peter Bradley or West Coast Chair Patricia Beck on Governance.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 741 3275.
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 Simon Templeton on Governance.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 741 3275.
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.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 741 3275.
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 Westport branch be sure to select Canterbury & West Coast when you complete the online form and specify Westport in the comments section.
West Coast Annual Report 2017/2018 (PDF 1.2 MB)
Simon is a registered Nurse with 23 years experience in mental health, and older persons’ health, both in New Zealand and the UK. All his nursing career has been focused on people with disabilities, with his ethos, focus and drive being people having the right to choose - autonomy.
Simon has been involved in the LEC for Canterbury West Coast since 2016, chairing the LEC since his arrival. Simon’s day job is CEO of Age Concern Canterbury. Simon is married to Emily and has two amazing daughters - Elyse and Olivia.
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.