Amida is a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)-registered private training establishment offering courses around the country. Formerly known as Canterbury Carers (founded in 1990), Amida is wholly-owned by Access, one of New Zealand’s largest home healthcare providers. Access is a charitable organisation owned by Rural Women, with branches around New Zealand.
We aim to empower people with the skills and qualifications to build a rewarding career in the health industry. We provide high quality training in a friendly, stimulating, supportive, and professional environment. We have processes in place to ensure that trainees receive the training that meets their needs and skill levels.
THE MEANING OF THE WORD “AMIDA”
Amida is the name of a Buddhist entity who achieved enlightenment. Although Amida was worthy of being promoted to the heavens, he chose to remain with human beings to help them to salvation and to be an advocate for them. Amida represents the force of life that brings solace to all people.
We chose the word to represent the generosity of support workers who choose to bring solace and support to their clients, often without thanks.
Amida teaches us that the contribution we make to others is the most sacred thing we can do, and provides the path to wellbeing, both for us, and the people we serve. It indicates the nobility of the caring profession, in spite of all the misunderstanding of those who take it for granted.
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