AIM launches social enterprise

Cassie O’Flaherty poses with one of the exhibited art works.

Disability support organisation Adults in Motion (AIM) held an art-in-the-park exhibition at its headquarters in Warkworth last week to soft launch a new social enterprise.

Members of the community have been making gift items for sale including handmade cards, bath salts and soap.
Dubbed Aroha Te Ao, it is a joint enterprise between AIM and Rodney Inclusive Communities Inc (RICI).

RICI secretary Ursula Christel says she was hoping to hold the exhibition as a public event in the Warkworth Town Hall, but that idea was scuppered by Covid-19.

Nevertheless, the exhibition went ahead on December 6 to coincide with International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Ursula says AIM and RICI are celebrating some recent big wins including an announcement by the Government that a new ministry for disabled people will be established.

She says families of disabled people have to apply to several different government agencies for various sources of funding, and often it is difficult to keep track of what is available. However, the new ministry will solve this by being a single point of contact for accessing funding.

The Government has also said it would introduce legislation that will set standards for public places to ensure they are universally accessible.