Bluegum Road Vocational Service


The Bluegum Road Vocational Service is funded by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to facilitate employment opportunities and community participation for the residents of Bluegum Road.

Our service includes:

  • Facilitating paid full or part-time employment
  • Supporting training and development options
  • Facilitating community participation
  • Building social networks

Our goal is to work together with the people we support and their family/whanau to achieve their vocational and community participation aspirations.

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The service is committed to a person-centred approach where vocational and community participation strengths and preferences of the person are identified, acknowledged and used as a foundation to build an action plan for the future. The process involves collaboration and partnership with the person and their family/whanau and others identified by the person as significant.

Following consultation with the person and significant others, an individualised plan is developed that identifies longer term vocational aspirations and related short-term goals. These are documented with an action plan that identifies areas of responsibility and built-in evaluation points.

The intent is to involve the person as closely as possible in future planning and decisions which affect their life.


The principles underlying the plan include:

  • An individual’s strengths are the foundation
  • An individual’s aspirations and preferences provide the direction
  • Informed choice is the basis for decision-making
  • Making resources available is a challenge, not a limitation
  • Learning occurs through doing
  • Full participation is a pre-requisite for partnership
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The personal planning process is built around a cycle of review and accommodation to challenges. It does not rely on a once-a-year meeting, but rather it is responsive to changing circumstances and needs, as they occur. Informal discussion with the person and their support network are a normal part of the process.


We expect that the process and action plan would achieve some of the following outcomes for residents:

  • Greater involvement in integrated settings in the community
  • Learning of new skills to enhance independence and quality of life
  • Increased control over and input into decisions which affect their lives
  • An increasingly wide network of natural supports and friends
  • An increase in self-esteem and self-confidence
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Normal hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm, however there is built-in flexibility to accommodate evening and week-end support where required.

Our vocational staff are experienced in the delivery of disability support services and hold relevant disability support qualifications.