Currently residential services are provided for 130 people situated at the Birchfield site, in the wider comunity, and at the Halswell Farm. There is a good variety of support in the homes, dependent on individual needs and capabilities.
Staffing varies according to requirements – we have a diverse range of living options from full time staffing, to houses that are more like independent ‘flatting’. The main criteria for residence is that the person we support should be diagnosed as having an intellectual disability, have New Zealand residency and be eligible for a residential support subsidy as determined by a Needs Assessment Co-ordination Service. The residences (apart from several one and two bedroom cottages) all contain four to six bedrooms and are surrounded by lawn and gardens. The main campus fronts onto Barrington Street, which is a busy road serving the surrounding suburbs. Bus stops and the local mall are within an easy walk. A mix of residential houses and flats are located on the campus at Halswell. Here residents have the enjoyment of living in a housing cluster set amongst forty acres of paddocks.
Everyone we support has access to the Artemis and Gaia Centres, which contain activity rooms, dining area and catering facilities. Also on site are the Hohepa Hall is a large hall, designed with the same double centred elliptical concept that the Goetheanum evolved from. The building also houses three therapy rooms which encircle the main auditorium.