eCard funding update, and other news from the CP Society

01 Mar 2022

Kia ora koutou katoa to all our members,  

eCard funding update 

We’re delighted to let you know that the Cerebral Society Board has approved $300 getProgramme funding per member for the period from March 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022.

 Members can top up their eCard by: 

  • Going to and logging in to the dashboard – click ‘apply for a programme’ and fill in the form. 
  • Emailing to request a top-up.
  • Phoning 0800 503 603 to request a top up. If you do call us, please be patient – we’re expecting to be inundated with calls. We apologise for any delays you experience.  

The funding on your eCard will expire on June 30, 2022 and therefore needs to be redeemed at one of our onboarded suppliers by that date. Any funds not redeemed by June 30, 2022 will expire. 

If you have a preferred supplier that is not already accepting the Cerebral Palsy Society eCards, and meets the criteria of getPhysical, getOutThere, getThis&That or GetUpAgain, please ask them to contact the team on to start the onboarding process.  
They will not be able to accept payment via your eCard until they are onboarded. 

Our list of current suppliers is available on the website.

Please note, if you have already been in touch with our team about having your eCard topped up, we are currently working through the list and you do not need to apply again. You will be notified once your funding has been processed. 

The getProgrammes 
You can use the $300 funding on the following getProgrammes: 

Designed to get people with Cerebral Palsy engaging with their community, getOutThere helps fund part of the transport company’s fare. 
The aim of the getPhysical programme is to enable members to maintain, or improve, their physical ability and fitness. 
This programme allows members with Cerebral Palsy to purchase small items that help manage the effects of living with Cerebral Palsy. 
Every now and then, things in life can get us down – but we have to get up again! This programme helps give access to, and finance, 3 to 6 counselling sessions. 

For more info about the get Programmes and how to apply go to 

Hardship assistance 

The Ministry of Social Development has gotten in touch to let us know that Cabinet has extended the increased income limits for hardship assistance, meaning more people will continue to be eligible for hardship assistance – until 30 June 2022.  

Read their letter here: 

Research opportunities 

Researchers are looking for participants in the following areas: 

Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) as result of Cerebral Palsy 
– Leg MRI to Understand Muscle Shape and Growth in Cerebral Palsy 
– Mapping accessible walking routes in Auckland 

For more information, please go to the Research Opportunities page on our website. 

Upcoming events around the country 

There are plenty of workshops, webinars and expos being held by other charities and organisations around the country in the coming months…… on topics from building resilient families and getting the best outcomes for your disabled child at school, to dance workshops in Wellington and an Outward Bound course for physically disabled people aged 16-18 years. 

Head on over to the events page on our website for information. 

All the best to you and your whānau.  

 Ngā mihi, 
Clare and the CP Society team