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

 $22,342
 
 - 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.

Emergency Packs

 $2400
 
 - Went to assist fam­i­lies trav­el­ling to hos­pi­tal, attend­ing off island appoint­ments, receiv­ing med­ica­tions and home help.
 

Assis­tive Equip­ment

 $11,600
 
 - And for chil­dren with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, the Trust spent fur­ther money on assis­tive tech­nol­ogy to increase their mobil­ity and learn­ing opportunities.
 

Education Projects

 $3680
 
 - 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.
 

Additional

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.