Annual Review 2012 - 13

How we helped families in 2012

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.

In the last 12 months ’til the end of March 2013, the Jassy Dean Trust spent a total of $19,013.45 assist­ing Wai­heke fam­i­lies with unwell chil­dren. This amount included sup­port in the fol­low­ing areas:

Direct Fam­ily Assis­tance

  $12,756.45 including:
- Gen­eral finan­cial sup­port with expenses for fam­i­lies with a chron­i­cally unwell child
- Sup­port with travel expenses to and from med­ical appointments/hospital stays
- Chi­ro­prac­tic and osteopa­thy treat­ment for chil­dren and infants
- Assis­tance for an unwell child to attend school camp
- Alter­ations to a vehi­cle to enable eas­ier access for a dis­abled child

Edu­ca­tional Projects  

 $3,288 including:
- Pay­ing for psy­cho­log­i­cal test­ing for children
 - Enabling chil­dren to attend music ther­apy classes

Assis­tive Equip­ment

$669 including:
- Pre­scrip­tion glasses for a child
 - Hoist equip­ment for a van

Emer­gency Packs 

 - Pro­viding par­ents with a ferry ticket and cash when their child is unex­pect­edly admit­ted to hos­pi­tal in an emergency.

'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.