Our Stories

These are stories about our members.

Monique's Story

Monique's Story Saturday, 14 August 2010

Monique has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She lives in a supported residence with two other young women who also have disabilities. Monique's mother is an award winning chef, and her passion for the culinary arts has created an enthusiasm in Monique that FAST Microbusiness recognised. Monique would be unable at this time... more


Tim's Story

Tim's Story Saturday, 14 August 2010

My name is Tim Wood, I am twenty-four years old and live in Palmerston North. I am addicted to film and I love making my own films. At the moment, I am working on two films – one is a documentary about the local network group and the other is for... more


Craig's Story

Craig's Story Saturday, 14 August 2010

At the beginning of creating his support circle, Craig and his parents had difficulty naming even 3 people who could be identified as friends. By visiting all the different places he frequents - sport / work /hobby / family / past friends - we were able to slowly build a list of... more


Robin's Story

Robin's Story Sunday, 15 August 2010

Robin has Downs Syndrome. He is very quiet and not very confident in large gatherings of people. His mother and father always felt that he needed to get out into the community more, but it is one thing to have the idea, and yet another to bring this into practise. Everyone has... more


Leonie's Circle

Leonie's Circle Saturday, 14 August 2010

Lepnie is a bright natured middle aged woman. She suffered a head injury while young and is bipolar. When we met Leonie six months ago she was new to Palmerston North, her closest friend lived in another centre and she was isolated from her daughter and grandchildren. Six months after beginning Circle... more


Kimberlee's Circle

Kimberlee's Circle Saturday, 14 August 2010

Kimberlee is an older person who was extremely isolated in her one bedroom flat which she shifted into 6 months ago, after living 26 years in supported residential care. Already we have been able to build a positive profile of who she is and her abilities. After meeting the only person... more


Donald's Circle

Donald's Circle Saturday, 14 August 2010

Donald and his family began this process with no ideas or dreams that they could identify except an important hope that their son finds meaningful activities to do with his life. It has taken a lot of patience and gentle conversations to build a positive profile of Donald. It seemed as though... more


Chrissie, Mandy, and Tracey's Story

Chrissie, Mandy, and Tracey's Story Sunday, 15 August 2010

Chrissie, Mandy, and Tracey are three young women with varying degrees of Fragile X Syndrome. They are currently living in a family home. They have expressed an interest in running a Laundry Business. This Business would be probably on a larger scale and based locally. From the Frozen Funds Grant, FAST Microbusiness... more


The Art Cooperative Story

The Art Cooperative Story Sunday, 15 August 2010

A number of persons with disabilities have been drawn to FAST’s attention as having a high degree of Artistic expertise. FAST Microbusiness has joined forces with three people in Hawkes Bay and two in the Manawatu to look at helping to market their art via a collective website which is under development.... more


The Extra Ordinary Photographers Story

The Extra Ordinary Photographers Story Sunday, 15 August 2010

Michael, Brian and Keith are clients of Options. They all have an intellectual disability and all have displayed a reasonably high proficiency in Photography. It was suggested to FAST by staff at Options in Community Living, a Palmerston North based support agency, that a public exhibition could be a way of... more


  • Monique's Story

    Monique's Story

    Monique has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She lives in a supported residence with two other young women who also have... Read more


  • No One Alone

    No One Alone

    “The development and maintenance of meaningful and supportive relationships for people with disabilities.” Hosted by the Belonging Initiative a partnership of... Read more