Annual Review 2011 - 12
How we helped families in 2011
The needs of children are made known to us through the advice of community health professionals and direct contact, and following that advice our aim is to be pro-active by providing assistance that will prevent a crisis and give immediate support. We receive referrals from families who are coping with challenges of children born with disabilities and high health needs for whom we provide on-going assistance. Other families receive financial assistance as a short term intervention.
2011 was another busy year for the Trust. We provided over $40,000 to the Waiheke community in a variety of ways to meet the needs of families and their children.
Direct Family Assistance
- Went directly to families in need of medical assistance including purchase of items such as epi pens, providing physio, osteopathy, and counselling for sick children, enabling children to get hearing and allergy testing and support with transport to and from doctor/hospital visits.
- Went to assist families travelling to hospital, attending off island appointments, receiving medications and home help.
- And for children with physical disabilities, the Trust spent further money on assistive technology to increase their mobility and learning opportunities.
- The Trust has established strong relationships with the three schools on the island with an emphasis on up-skilling young parents through parenting courses and seminars. With this in mind money was spent by the Trust on educational projects including art, movement and music therapy classesfor children on the Autism spectrum, support to attend specialist training courses for individuals working with Autistic children allowing Waiheke children to get the help they need locally, and sponsoring a Brainwave Trust course for parents.
Jassy Dean Trust also has a preventative health and educational role in the community. To assist in preventing illness for children over winter we we also provided families with free loan appliances such as dehumidifiers and heaters where needed.
We contributed financially as well as towards fundraising efforts and establishment of accounts for both the Sahara Sunshine fund and the Ollie Davis fund. A special Fairy Garden was organised during the Garden Safari for children and families to attend - proceeds from which went to Loren Harvey and her family.
Finally, after the Christchurch Earthquake the Jassy Dean Trust was able to bring a number of Christchurch children and their families who had been very affected by the quake to Waiheke Island for a much needed break.
'Fill The Gap' Initative
In 2013, we aim to fill the gap with children's needs. If you know a family who is struggling with a child's medical wellbeing that requires support in any way or know of other 'gaps' that we could help with on the island, please let us know by picking up an application form from any of the local medical or health centres or completing our online application.