Help In The Community – Financial Support
The following is a compilation of support, advice, assistance and activities available for individual children and their families that is available from various public and private organisations in the community.
- Ministry of Health – Carer Support
- National Travel Assistance
- Variety Club – Gold Heart Scholarship
- Variety Club – Grants
- Work and Income NZ
- Work and Income NZ – Child Disability Allowance
- Work and Income NZ – Community Services Card
- Work and Income NZ – Disability Allowance
- Work and Income NZ – House Modification Funding
- Work and Income NZ – Invalids Benefit
- Work and Income NZ – Residential Support Subsidy
1. Ministry of Health – Carer Support
Carer support is a subsidy funded by the Ministry of Health to assist the unpaid, full-time carer of a disabled person to take a break from caring for that person. (Up to 28 days of funding for a carer, at $75.00 per day) not a lot for the carer, but is aimed at friends and family helping you out, and being remunerated for their kindness. This requires referral from your health professional.
You may have to undergo a Needs Assessment to access this. This can be arranged through the Social Worker or your GP.
2. National Travel Assistance
If you are eligible for travel assistance, you may be able to claim for kilometres travelled by private car, public transport, accommodation, and specialised transport (such as taxis, mobility taxis, or air travel).
3. Variety Club – Gold Heart Scholarship
Each year Variety helps around 20 talented Kiwi kids to reach their full potential and overcome personal challenges with a Variety Gold Heart Scholarship. These young people, who already excel in the arts, sports or education, are awarded financial support of up to $5,000 and are matched with a mentor to help them achieve their life goals. This support is available for up to three years to help children who are physically or financially challenged fulfil their dreams. This could include assisting with tuition fees, personal development, coaching, the purchase of training equipment, travel or accommodation.
4. Variety Club – Grants
Variety is there for children in all sorts of challenging circumstances. We fund a broad range of requirements, from much-needed medical equipment, to life-changing mobility needs, to innovative educational initiatives. We have the ability to respond quickly, reaching children in need across the country. Variety fills the funding gaps. We meet a wide range of grass-roots needs through our Future Kiwi Kids, Caring for Kids and Kids on the Move programmes.
5. Work and Income NZ
6. Work and Income NZ – Child Disability Allowance
Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment made to the main caregiver of a child or young person (up to 18 years old) with a serious disability. It is paid in recognition of the extra care needed for that child. (currently $44.55 per week)
For more information and application forms talk to your local WINZ office or go to Child Disability Allowance on the WINZ website.
7. Work and Income NZ – Community Services Card
Your child can obtain a Community Services Card and the benefits linked to that.
It provides you with reduced fees for doctors’ visits, prescription charges, and Ministry of Health travel assistance, if you have to travel out of town for consultations or treatment. This requires referral from your health professional.
8. Work and Income NZ – Disability Allowance
Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have regular, on-going costs because of a disability, such as visits to the doctor or hospital, medicines, extra clothing or travel.
Types of things you can claim for through the ‘Disability Allowance’.
9. Work and Income NZ – House Modification Funding
House Modification Funding is a payment that helps someone pay for changes to their home because they or their child have a disability. You can only get House Modification Funding if you are assessed as needing the house modification. The Ministry of Health makes this decision. For more information and application forms talk to your local WINZ office. Check out Residential Support on the WINZ website.
10. Work and Income NZ – Invalids Benefit
Invalid’s Benefit is a weekly payment which helps people who are permanently and severely limited in how much work they can do. (The person is unable to work for more than 15 hours per week, and/ or studying). This is because they have an on-going sickness, injury or disability
11. Work and Income NZ – Residential Support Subsidy
Residential Support Subsidy is a payment that helps a person with a physical disability that needs residential care as a result. It is paid to the care provider by the Ministry of Health to help with the cost of residential care. For more information and application forms talk to you local WINZ office or go to Residential Support on the WINZ website.