Manaaki Ability Trust has many programmes at the centre that you can choose to join.

Below is a list of some of our programmes.

Young Guns

Young Guns is our programme at Manaaki Ability Trust for young people who have left school and are looking for vocational opportunities. The programme is exclusively for those between 18 – 30 years old and commences with a goal setting session. In Young Guns they will learn skills that will assist them to become independent.  We have a dedicated space for Young Guns to learn social skills in a supportive environment.

All Stars

This programme is designed for people over 30 years old. The programme will include activities such as CV preparation, Book Club, cooking, social media, handyman shed. For those who are looking for something challenging, wish to learn new skills  and to link up with like-minded people we have the All Stars programme.

Champions Fitness Training

Focuses on preparing our clients for sporting events in the community and getting them moving in a fun and challenging environment. We cater for all abilities. We run two trainings a week that consist of endurance, circuit programmes and yoga stretching which are overseen by trainers from Les Mills Hutt City and Nutrition Hutt. We have competed regularly in local events such as Round the Bays, Hutt Fun Run and the Pelorus Trust Fun Runs. We encourage our clients to make healthy decisions around nutrition.

Computers and Technology

Work I.T

Offers our Young Gun clients the opportunity to create a portfolio of essentials for employment, including their CV and Kiwi Access Card (18+ Card). We also explore employment opportunities, legal requirements, develop our researching skills and look at different employment skill sets.

Media Tech

Our Media Tech group works through a programme that focuses on learning the tools of the trade including google suite, apps, social media and creative suites. It also includes the opportunity to develop a website or vlogging platform for the most confident and tech savvy of our clients.

Keyboard Masters

This programme gives clients the opportunity to practice and develop keyboard skills to confidently type with accuracy and increased speed over time.

Focus Groups

Women’s Focus Group

The main aim of Women’s Focus Group is to come together to be able to express yourself and to share anything that is on your mind in complete confidence. It is a wonderful opportunity for the group to discuss their achievements, feelings, goals and ambitions.

Men’s Focus Group

Is a programme where men can discuss a wide range of matters including men’s wellness, relationships, engagement in communities, communication, disability rights, sports, politics and all the other topics of the day.

Reading Development

Clients have one on one sessions with a tutor to improve their reading and comprehension skills.

Stand Up

Stand Up is aimed at improving public speaking and communication skills

Benefits gained are:

  • Confidence in public speaking
  • Development of communication and language skills
  • Quick and clear thinking.
  • Effective listening.
  • Use of body language and visual aids
  • Advancement of social skills

Client Meeting

The clients attend a weekly meeting where they can discuss their thoughts and ideas in a safe environment with eachother. Discussions can range from ideas for the centre, health and safety, or something personal to them.

Creative Concepts

New skills and techniques are learned while discovering your creative potential. Bring your creative ideas and turn them into reality as an individual or group project. Guidance is provided in a number of mediums and we encourage you to explore other mediums as having fun while being creative is what we are all about.

Culinary Skills

Confidence is gained in learning new recipes and different cooking techniques in an enjoyable environment.

Fun Friday

Every Friday, a fun outing or activity is planned to encourage the clients to try something new or go somewhere they haven’t been before. These have included swimming trips, mini golf, and volunteering to be collectors for local street appeals.

Future Fit

Our Future Fit programme focuses on sustainability, repurposing and wellness, where clients learn about the green choices they can make in their homes and lives, to live happy healthy sustainable lives and keep the planet fit for the future.


We have a large, beautiful garden with lots of space to be creative. Join our garden group where you will learn how to plant seeds, grow vegetables and flowers, and care for them until they are ready to harvest.

Volunteer Gardening group

This group volunteers their time to help others in the community. Currently the group is working at the Masonic Rest Home, Thumbs Up, and Te Omanga Hospice with their lawns.

Waiata Whakaari

Our music and drama programmes provide a fun learning environment and a basic understanding of music and drama. Focusing on how it makes us feel, our aim is to use music and drama to create confidence and creativity. Learning how to play a beat, how different instruments work, how to listen to your peers and join in on a jam session, whether it’s playing an instrument, singing or dancing. Get up and move! Learning coordination, listening skills, confidence and creativity will help to provide meaningful opportunities in the community and life.