M!NT Reach Out Programme

22 April 2020

Last week was the debut of our “M!NT Reach Out Program”, a newly designed online activity program to ensure those with intellectual disabilities are engaged physically and socially during this time of COVID-19. Over the last two years, M!NT Charitable Trust has been striving to improve communit y awareness and engagement for our kids with additional needs. Our aim is to develop life-skills and foster meaningful, sustainable community connections. We’ve created something quite exceptional here in Central Otago, and with outstanding local support, we are making things happen!

During this COVID-19 alert the intellectually disabled community are particularly vulnerable. Even after the nationwide lockdown is lifted, this immunocompromised community is going to continue self-isolating as the health-risk remains extremely high. Our young people are highly dependent with less resilience, so we want to do our best to lift them up and show them a new wayof social connection. Given social distancing will be ongoing for them, we hope to continue with this program and believe it will have future benefits in other aspects of life. We are keen to connect with other similar national and international organisations so we are excited about the possibilities.

Our 6-day program entails a gym session, music and drama action, yoga, facilitated buddy program and dance class. Thank you to our amazing teachers and trainers for volunteering their time, their incredible energy and drive keeps us all going. We are blown away by how well the kids have engaged in this first two weeks and we can’t wait to see how our M!NT Reach Out Program develops.

Anyone who would like to join us for one of our sessions or find out more please contact