Our History

For over 23 years Community Living has been supporting people with intellectual disabilities throughout the Midland region.

Our Organisation

Community Living has celebrated over 25 years of success in supporting people with intellectual disabilities to live their dreams through community connections.  Since its inception in 1989, Community Living has persistently sought innovative and diverse ways...

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Our Purpose

Our Inspirational Dream - People with Intellectual Disabilities living their dreams through community connections.

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The Beginning - April 1989

Community Living Trust was initially established in April 1989 by the Waikato Area Health Board (now the Ministry of Health), to support people with intellectual disabilities to leave the institutionalised care model of Tokanui Hospital and live amongst their local community.

Getting Established 1989 - 1993

Between June 1989 and October 1993, Community Living Trust assisted approximately 180 people to leave Tokanui Hospital and operated primarily as a case management agency.  With the formation of the Regional Health Authority (now the Ministry of Health), responsibility for the planning and funding of community placements transferred to them and Community Living Trust’s role shifted to that of a service provider.

Extending the Organisation

By this time, Community Living Trust’s original mandate to support people with intellectual disabilities from Tokanui Hospital had extended to include people who had no previous associations with an institution, and our services began to evolve and develop in direct response to their needs.

The Services 1990 - 1998

Our behaviour support, family, residential, vocational and therapy services were introduced in 1990 and we began providing consultant therapy services across the whole Midland region in 1998.

Community Living Today

Today Community Living is still a provider of services for people with an intellectual disability and the area for which we are responsible for providing these services is known as the Midland Region.

On 1 July 2012, the Board made a decision to split Community Living Trust into two separate entities – Community Living Trust and Community Living Limited.  This decision was made in order to protect the assets of the organisation for the people we support and to set us up for the future direction of social support in New Zealand. 

We are now known as Community Living.

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