COROMANDEL INDEPENDENT LIVING TRUST (CILT)
Operating out of Tiki House in Coromandel Town, we deliver a wide range of programmes and services to meet the needs of our community. We employ about 30 staff, and have over 50 local volunteers that support our activities. Our transport and disability programmes have become essential to the lives of many people in Coromandel. Our Digital Wings public computers were used over 1000 times:
- Provides community services to people with physical and mental disabilities
- Transport to hospital appointments, social housing, travel assistance to Thames for appointments or shopping
- ‘Artists in The Making’ art programme for people with mental health issues
- Operate the local recycling centre in an effort to divert waste away from landfill
- Run the Work Co-op, where people with mental health issues can get support, probation clients can complete their community service and reintegrate into the community
- Recognise and respond to needs in our community, look after people and provide a safe place
- Last year CILT delivered 13 programmes across 9 sites; 720 people travelled to hospital appointments out of town; Kiwi Can delivered courses to over 300 children
- With the support of Trust Waikato, Thames Coromandel District Council, The Coromandel Area School, we are busy setting up a town wide Wi-Fi network, providing free Wi-Fi access to the community
- Currently have hotspots active at The Samuel James Reserve, Coromandel Library, and the Coromandel Rugby Club, with more to come before the end of the year. In the two months since the first sites went 'live' over 800 people have connected more than 7000 times!
- Plan to have coverage across the entire town centre by Christmas 2019; free for local community, with tiered pricing for visitors to help fund the construction and maintenance of the network.