At the Takapuna North Community Trust we believe that supporting disability and promoting accessibility for all goes without saying. Over the years we have both supported and initiated events and are always on the lookout for more ways we can help.
Charlie’s Play Date
In April 2017, a local Mum posted on Facebook about her horrible experience at Takapuna playground when two mothers approached her and told her that her disabled son Charlie wasn't welcome there because he was supposedly frightening their children. The community response was huge and as a result of this, Takapuna North Community Trust decided to celebrate inclusiveness and show that playgrounds are for everyone by holding an event at Takapuna Playground. Charlie’s Play date is now an annual event which brings together families from all over the area to play together.
The event has free face painting, bubbles and toys to play with. Some wonderful local teens dress up as well-loved characters for the event as well. Watch our Facebook for updates.
We work closely with Wairau Valley Special School Transition Centre and PHAB and hold annual art competitions with the young people. Last year’s competition was entitled ‘What will Takapuna look like for me in 20 years?’. A number of the winning participants in this competition presented their ideas to Devonport-Takapuna Local Board at a community forum.
In 2018 we worked with Wairau Valley Special School Transition Centre to apply for youth funding to hold a Glow Disco for young people with special needs in Takapuna. The event was very successful and the young people chose to hold another Disco in 2019.
We work closely with Wairau Valley Special School Transition Centre to hold an annual event for young people with disabilities. Previous events have included art competitions and more recently has been a social event for young people with special needs to connect.
We also work with groups to ensure that their voices and needs are heard in relation to council engagements, particularly in areas where lives could be improved dramatically through provision of facilities.