IHC will advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with intellectual disabilities and support them to live satisfying lives in the community.
We lobby and advocate for the human rights of all people with intellectual disabilities at community, national and international levels.
We raise money and awareness of the issues facing people with intellectual disabilities through our charitable activities, our advocacy programme, social media and other communication channels.
Our charity work includes providing advocacy, information through Australasia’s largest intellectual disability library and friendship and skill-based volunteering.
We employ around 4,000 staff and directly support approximately 4,000 people with intellectual disabilities around New Zealand through our government funded disability services.
Our services include residential and day services, supported living, specialist support and social housing.
Our property subsidiary, Accessible Properties, is New Zealand’s largest non-government social housing provider prioritising people with disabilities, older people and those on low incomes.
Keeping people safe requires identification of anything that could put the health and safety of any person in our workplaces at risk. Our risk management processes will be used to ensure all likely hazards / risks associated with the work we carry out are identified and all reasonable practical measures to eliminate (or minimise) these risks are implemented and monitored.
All staff, contractors, volunteers, visitors and any other person(s) present in our workplaces must comply with the specific duties required of them under the Health and Safety at Work Act and associated regulations, codes of practice and standards. This includes ensuring their own actions never put the health and safety of themselves or others at risk and compliance with all IHC policies and procedures.
Managers will contribute to the creation of a healthy and safe working environment by encouraging open communication between themselves, staff, Health and Safety representatives and other workers on all health and safety concerns, initiatives, improvements and procedures. Open communication is seen as fundamental to achieving effective worker engagement and participation in health and safety.