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Team Work. . . Looking forward to setting up People First New Zealand in Gore are assistant facilitator Aurora Catu and People First members Roseanne Zyskowski and Philippa Henderson. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A new self -advocacy group will encourage people with learning disabilities in Gore to take the lead.

People First New Zealand southern regional co-ordinator Lee-Ann Wightman said the organisation promoted the rights of people with learning disabilities.

“People First is here to make sure people with learning disability can speak up and be heard on things that are important to them in government, in services and the community.”

It was exciting to start up the organisation in Gore, she said.

“We know there is a need. Even though there are service providers in Gore this group will be an independent place for people to go.

“It is a safe place for people to talk about issues or to talk about their shared experiences.”

The organisation decided to introduce the group in Gore after it was well received in Invercargill, she said.

“It has been really, really popular and they are doing great.”

People First New Zealand local group assistant Aurora Catu and members Roseanne Zyskowski and Phillipa Henderson would help establish the group in Gore, Ms Wightman said.

The organisation would hold its first course, The Money Smarts Made Easy Course, at the Calvin Community Church later this month.

“We would love people to come along and check it out.”

The four-day programme would focus on teaching participants how to become more confident with money, she said.

“It is for people with learning disabilities so they can understand where their money comes from and where it goes.

“It will also reinforce that they have a right to know about their money. It will teach people how to keep their money safe and how to save for a money-smart goal.”