Palmerston North’s EASIE Living Centre awarded Centre of the Year

Palmerston North’s EASIE Living and Demonstration Centre has received its first accolade within a few months of opening.

Earlier this week the Federation of Disability Information Centres held its annual conference, where Enable New Zealand’s EASIE Living Centre was awarded the Centre of the Year. Through its awards, the Federation celebrates and promotes the achievements and innovations achieved for the disabled community in New Zealand.

Enable New Zealand won Centre of the Year for its EASIE Living and Demonstration Centre that was established in February this year in recognition of its innovative approach to providing services to the disabled and ageing population. The committee who chose the EASIE Living Centre as the winner was impressed with the huge public interest the centre has received in a short space of time. Scott Ambridge, Enable New Zealand’s General Manager; Raewyn Cameron, EASIE Living’s Manager; and Rose Boddy, EASIE Living’s Centre Coordinator were present to collect the award on behalf of the team.

Scott Ambridge said: “We are so proud to have our EASIE Living Centre recognised by the Federation. It is a project that we have been passionate about for some time, and we are happy to see the centre succeed so soon after its opening. The centre has a lot to offer the disabled and ageing communities and while our priority is helping people to maintain their independence it’s also rewarding for the Enable New Zealand team to be acknowledged for this.”

The EASIE Living Centre is located on 585 Main St, Palmerston North and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturday from 10am to 3pm, for older people and those living with disabilities to access equipment that will assist them to live everyday lives in their communities.