Manukau Courier : February 1st 2011
7 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 1, 2011 NEWS To find out more call Helen Kingi on (021) 278 0026 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org OG1317 Make our home your home. When making the decision to move to a retirement village, St Johns Retirement Village offers a reassuring solution for seniors at a stage in their lives where comfort, security and a sense of place and belonging are paramount. Well appointed cottages Low maintenance brick and tile construction Range of affordable options Park like setting, private and secluded Independent living with strong community links Family-friendly environment Convenient to Hunter's Corner shops and medical centre Your comfort and wellbeing is assured: ST JOHNS RETIREMENT VILLAGE: 7a Konini Avenue Papatoetoe Auckland 2025 ST JOHNS COTTAGES AVAILABLE NOW 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE Nice and sunny, freshly painted and modern. PRICED AT $195,000 1 BEDROOM COTTAGE Internal garage. Just vacated, will be refurbished to a high standard. PRICED AT $195,000 1 BEDROOM COTTAGE Internal garage, very sunny. PRICED AT $175,000 Disability dogs gain right of access Going places: Founding members of the newly accredited Perfect Partners Assistance Dogs Trust. From left: Erika Soeterik with dogs Dini and Odin, Belinda Simpson with Tana and Jo Hurford with Indi. By MELISSA KINEALY Specially trained dogs are changing the lives of people with disabilities and now they're being welcomed in more places. Thanks to new accreditation granted to a south Auckland-based trust, the trained-up canines can now accompany their owners to more destinations nationwide. Perfect Partners Assistance Dogs Trust was set up by Belinda Simp- son, Jo Hurford and Erika Soeterik in 2007. It selects and trains dogs to give support and companionship to people with disabilities, such as autism, diabetes, psychiatric dis- abilities and seizure disorders. They received government accreditation in December under a Dog Control (Certifying Organis- ations for Disability Assist Dogs) Order 2010. Now anywhere a guide dog can go a disability assistance dog can go too, including planes and restaurants, Ms Soeterik says. Dogs are carefully chosen before entering a programme tailor-made to meet their owner's needs. No two people with a disability are the same and we don't have a cookie cutter approach to dog train- ing,'' she says. But all the dogs share core train- ing that covers things like socialis- ation and raises awareness of things like skateboards. The accreditation means Perfect Partners can certify disability assistance dogs as well as com- panion and privately owned dogs. All dogs who are certified are able to wear teal blue bandannas or capes. Ms Simpson says dogs are a great icebreaker especially for people with disabilities whose lives can be socially isolated. She has epilepsy and says her dog Tana, certified through Perfect Partners last month, gets a lot of people talking to her. For me I was having trouble going to the supermarket. The dog gives a different focus for people,'' she says. We want to be there to support people with disability assistance dogs.'' Ms Hurford says Perfect Partners aims to produce a dog that's suit- able to an individual and the dog must be able to do at least three tasks to alleviate the effects of their disability. Now they've got the certification the trio is excited about the future. And they're also on the lookout for puppy raisers to help them in the Manukau area. See www.ppadt.org.nz for more information. SEE US ON ONLINE For more from your favourite community newspaper go to www.manukaucourier.co.nz Location: 267 Roscommon Rd, Wiri Telephone: 09 918 0500 • Viewing from 9am on day of sale • Opentothepublic • All makes and models • Trade-Ins,ExcessStock,Repo's PASSENGER & COMMERCIAL manheim.co.nz Enter Here 267 Roscommon Rd, Wiri BUDGET CAR AUCTION Large range of vehicles every Thursday at 12noon.
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