Find out about the purpose of the Disability Advisory Group (DAG), the role of the DAG, its structure, membership eligibility and responsibilities.
The purpose of the DAG is to provide a forum for people with disabilities to participate in the planning of Council services, projects, and activities in order to ensure that the needs of the wider disability community are taken into account.
The DAG is facilitated by the Council's Metropolitan Community Development Advisor, Disabilities and Older Persons.
The Council is committed to its partnership with the Canterbury District Health Board's CDHB Health in All Policies Advisor. The Health in All Policies Advisor provides advice and support to the DAG, adopting a health determinants approach, and providing health in all policies advice.
The Council employs an Inclusive Communities Coordinator to help address barriers to recreation/leisure participation for people with disabilities, and to coordinate the KiwiAble Leisure Card. The Council's Inclusive Communities Coordinator provides staff support and advice to the DAG in relation to recreation and leisure participation.
Appointment is for two years, with the right of renewal for one further term. Completion of tenure should be on a rotational basis in order to maintain continuity and consolidation of the knowledge base.
The DAG members receive a meeting fee of $50 per meeting (gross), and may also be reimbursed for additional transport costs such as taxi vouchers, if required. Members are responsible for any individual taxation requirements.
The Disability Advisory Group is accountable to the Council through ongoing liaison with the Community Support Team Manager, and more directly through the DAG facilitator, who is the Community Support Advisor for the Disability and Older Person's portfolios.
Communication between members and the disability community is through the member's contacts with the sector. It is expected that members will consult with, and provide feedback to and from the disability sector, on relevant issues as required.
A DAG member must inform the Council if any conflict of interest situation arises while they are on the DAG, or if any circumstance arises that could be a risk for the Council, or that could bring the DAG member, or the Council, into disrepute.
The Disability Advisory Group has a section on the Council's website which explains its purpose. The DAG meeting notes are posted monthly on the Council's website.
The DAG provides regular updates to the Council's Community Housing and Economic Development Committee (CHED).
The support and servicing of the group is the responsibility of the Community Support Team through the Metropolitan Community Development Advisor, disability and older person's portfolios. The Disability Advisory Group has a work plan, which is updated regularly. Activities within this work plan are aligned to the Council's Strategic Directions and to any relevant outcomes of the Long Term Plan (LTP). Key issues in the sector are also included.
Meeting agendas and meeting notes are emailed to members for their records.
Assistance to enable participation, such as a sign language interpreter, or other support that a person needs to participate in the DAG, will be provided at meetings if required. Also members may bring a support person to meetings as needed. Should any further support be required, members need to discuss their individual support requirements with the Metropolitan Community Development Advisor.
DAG meetings are usually held monthly in the Council building in Hereford Street, or at a time and place agreed as suitable by the majority of the group's members.
Meetings are generally two hours in length; at times DAG meetings are subject to change based on the Council's work requirements of the Community Support Advisor. Some DAG meetings will be held in the Wards and include Ward community advisors and Community Board members.