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SAMS Family Development Courses are compiled and facilitated by family members.

For over three decades SAMS has promoted and supported the participation of families in planning, service design and evaluation. Many hundreds of families have participated in SAMS facilitated courses throughout New Zealand e.g. Partners in Policymaking, Family/Whanau Carers Support courses. The Family Development courses draw on a rich heritage of family involvement in New Zealand, current approaches to planning and service design as well as teaching proven skills that assist clarity and effectiveness.

Currently, there are a number of new approaches like Individualised Funding (IF), Whanau Ora, Local Area Co-ordination (LAC), Enabling Good Lives and Transition services. All of these initiatives rely on informed and skilled families to be successful.

SAMS believes it is critical for families to be able to access independent family facilitated education and support.

In recent years there has been a move for services, funders and politicians to ask disabled persons and families “what is a good life for you?”, “what do you want?” and “how can we be of service?”. These courses provide families with the opportunity to:

  • Examine possibilities
  • Consider alternatives
  • Gain familiarity with current personal planning approaches/tools
  • Be strategic
  • Learn or strengthen skills to effectively express your views.