Essentials Hub

Your Essentials

It is a very difficult time with many in our community having to make adjustments to daily life. We want you to know that we are here for you. As New Zealand decreases in the national alert system, health safety remains a top priority.

If you start feeling unwell and experience the following symptoms:

  • a fever
  • coughing  
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of sense of smell or taste

THEN call your GP, before you visit.

If you do not have a GP call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453.

New Zealand’s Covid-19 Vaccine Roll Out 

New Zealand has started its roll out of a nationwide Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.

The rollout plan focuses on prioritising protecting those most at risk of getting the virus or being harmed by it, while also reducing the chance of ongoing spread and future outbreaks.

From May 2021, the vaccine will be available to people with underlying health conditions or disabilities. Some people may already be eligible, depending on their living situation and disability support arrangements.  

Please talk to your GP or medical team about your eligibility and whether or not the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine is suitable for you. 

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Register For TXT 111

If you have trouble communicating on the phone, you are now able to access New Zealand’s emergency services by using the TXT111 service.

You must be registered before you use this service.

Click the button below to find out how to register today.

Register Here

Quick and Easy Links

If you are needing quick and easy guidelines, we’ve created PDF card for you to download.

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Managing and Building Your Bubble

During Level 4 and Level 3, we all need to restrict access to our home. Anyone who is not part of your bubble cannot come in. It’s a good idea for your family and friends to create a plan to protect your bubble. This includes agreeing on things like always washing your hands upon entering the home, and how to manage essential trips like going to the supermarket. Don’t forget to keep in touch with those outside your bubble too.

Make sure you talk about how you can keep in touch and keep each other company in different ways, like over the phone or online. It’s so important that everyone in your house can keep in touch with people they care about during this isolation period.

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Washing Hands

As we know it’s very important to do our bit during this time to keep safe. Check out our video below, which was created by our Youth Alliance for a fun of of members with cerebral palsy washing hands properly. To help you and your loved ones stay safe, we’ve also created a note you can hang at your door as a visual reminder for the people in your bubble to wash their hands as soon as they enter your home.

Download the reminder note, by clicking the button below watch some of our Youth Alliance members washing their hands to a funky song.

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Will You Be Receiving Home Support?

Will you be receiving home support through Level 4 and Level 3?

If you are still requiring care during this time, such as DHB carers, you may find this information useful. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to discuss with your agency or provider about how they plan to continue to support you during Level 4 and Level 3 and what they’ll be doing to ensure your safety.

Please find more information HERE from the Ministry of Health.

Are You Feeling Worried or Overwhelmed?

If you are feeling stuck, isolated or overwhelmed, there are support networks in place to help you.

The following support services are available and free to access.

  •  Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
  •  Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP).
  •  Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234, email or online chat.
  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666.

Join Our Online Community

It’s an important time to be connected. Connecting with your community is an incredibly powerful way to beat isolation at this time.

Join our online community today where you can speak with CPS staff, and other families around New Zealand who either have, or know someone living with Cerebral Palsy.

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Request A Call From Our Team

We’re here to help. If you’re feeling isolated or need support, our team is available to talk. Sometimes, having someone to chat with can make a huge difference during this time of isolation.

Why not request a call or email from the team today?

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