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Published 05 July 2024

If you've been around the disability sector for a while, you'll know all about Disability Resource Centre (DRC) Hawke’s Bay Trust. Founded in 1938 as a drop-in centre, they've transformed over the decades to meet the changing needs of our disabled community.

Located in the heart of Hastings, their base is a bright eggshell-white building they share with the Brain Injury Association. Keep an eye out for their noticeable white sign at 206 Nelson Street, South.

We caught up with Robin at the latest New Zealand Disability Support Network conference, where he spoke passionately about their employment service. This service breaks down barriers for disabled people seeking work. He even shared inspiring testimonials from program graduates.

“My life is much better than before, because I can wake up in the morning and have something to look forward to – going to work and doing something that I enjoy.” said John on celebrating his first year being employed through the service.

John sports his bright yellow hi-viz jacket as he kneels by a trailer towbar.

They’re a great team working hard for the local community. The team offer an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge, and they’re ready to help! If you check out their website you’ll find many more fantastic stories of people DRC Hawke’s Bay have supported, along with their other services. 

  • Personalised social and community connections
  • Transition from school to community
  • Employment services
  • Disability Information Advisory Service (DIAS)

Don't forget to sign up for their newsletter! Their DIAS team is super punctual, sending out a weekly update every Monday at 3pm. It's a great way to beat those Monday blues and stay informed about community happenings. We look forward to it every week and share the love on our Firstport events page where you’ll find many of their events listed.

Next time you're in Hastings, make sure to drop by and meet their friendly team. They truly live up to their motto, "The community thrives when people of all abilities participate," and you can feel it in the welcoming atmosphere they create.

Every DIAS is different, which makes sense when our communities and the available services are different. Disability supports can come from a national pool, but there is a huge amount too that comes from local councils, community groups and even individuals with a passion for people. It’s worth taking the time to connect with your local DIAS to find out more.

They’re supported by Whaikaha Ministry of Disabled People and the community to deliver experienced advice in-person. Each fortnight, the Firstport team are shining the spotlight on a new spot so you can see what’s available in each region. Watch this space 👀