We’ve helped build strong communities

Every day we build strong families and enable older people and those with disabilities or injuries to maximise their independence. Read some of their stories below.

Wilson’s Story

Wilson* is a troubled and traumatised nine-year-old boy, who witnessed his mum die painfully of HIV after refusing treatment, and then had to endure being physically assaulted by his dad who had turned to alcohol to cope with the family’s difficulties.

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Sarah’s story

After 10 years of abuse from her partner, Sarah finally found the courage to tell someone about the violence she and her daughter had endured.

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Ruby-Jean’s story

With her ankle in a plaster cast, Ruby-Jean couldn’t manage crutches and needed someone to push her wheelchair. ACC referred her to Enliven.

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Mya’s story

Mya is matter-of-fact about her disabilities, the result of brain damage at birth. “I have cerebral palsy and sometimes I have seizures,” she says.

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Jean’s story

At age 6, Jean contracted scarlet fever which affected her hearing and led to bone infections. Now in her 80s, she is profoundly deaf.

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David’s story

David is an enthusiastic member of the Blokes' Club which provides vital friendship for men like him with early onset dementia.

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Betty’s story

Betty had an Enliven support worker who helped her manage life on her own and encouraged her to take on a six-week walking challenge.

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Angelina’s story

Angelina left her parents behind in South Korea when she immigrated to New Zealand ten years ago for a better life for herself and her family.

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Nicola’s story

Being locked out of the house in the cold was just another episode in a violent household. Nicola’s two children had already seen more they should.

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Marci’s story

Marci wanted help to change the child care arrangements she and her ex-husband had in place. In the process, she learnt she had to change herself as well.

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