EXAMPLES OF OUR WORK
ASSESSMENT & SUPPORT
A few examples:
people with disabilities
don't have the experience, understanding or confidence to be able to
activities easily, therefore we assess needs and interests and support the person to trial activities
so they can make informed choices about activities based on
have found that although many clubs and organisations generally welcome
people with disabilities, inclusion often doesn't happen easily because
the person with a disability needs support to get involved. It is
difficult for anyone to join a new group, particularly a person who
doesn't have the confidence, experience, or social skills ( or
challenging behaviour) to successfully become a member of a
work with the person and with the club to assess the client's needs in that environement & address the person's
individual needs and challenges to ensure the best chance of succesful inclusion.
We also assess support needs within
that group, i.e. support from club or individually chosen club members,
volunteer support, paid support ( possibly for a trial period and
reduced if possible).
for quite a few people to join their local lawn bowls club some using
specially designed bowling arm.
& trained volunteers (music students from local university) to
spend time with man who was a violin teacher prior to an accident. He
isn't able to cope with a large orchestra so the only time he is happy
is when he is playing the violin with the students.
lady to join in local CWA group, this involved attending trials and
also sourcing suitable craft project that she can do one handed, Also
spent time providing appropriate information to group about the lady's
needs and behaviour.
- Organised a lady to join a specialised athletics
program which led to her competing in the Paralympics
for a number of our clients to trial cycling using specialised cycles,
hand cycle or leg powered recumbent, to cycle with family, friends,
children, some join cycling clubs
- Organised for a lady with
vision impairment to trial and get a tandem bike, She and her husband
ride every weekend and even cycled in Europe
- Supported a number of clients to join in mainstream
men's shed programs, some with and some without attendant care support
- supported a number of people ( including a mouth
painter) to join mainstream art classes.
ATTENDANT CARE PROGRAMS
UP, TRAINING AND MONITORING ATTENDANT CARE PROGRAMS FOR COMMUNITY
there are attendant care programs set up for people with disabilities
to access the community. It is important that these programs are properly assessed and set up well to really
meet the person's needs without limiting their
independence. We work with the client, the family, funding body
and attendant care agency to assess programs to ensure it is
supporting the person to enjoy life through participation in quality
lot of our work is assessing, managing & reviewing these programs, ensuring the workers are
aware of their role, boundaries, receive training in relation to
recreation and community
access. This ensures the program meets the client's needs and interests
and we develop a method to ensure that the client is able to of
choosing their activities.
The Process is:
we have conducted the specialised assessment, know the client & have a plan for their recreation/community
access program, we work with agencies to select support worker/s with
specific skills to support the client
- we provide training and written material if
necessary regarding the client and the program and their role in that
- we help structure and document weekly program
taking into account all other activities, managing fatigue, family
- we work
with client and therapy team if necessary to develop a system to ensure
the client is able to choose their activities... e.g pictures, limiting
- we endeavour to address logistical issues that
impact on the program including behaviour, access, travel, costs
- we train
the support worker not to "take over", enabling the person to develop
their own relationship with members of the group, only intervening if
some cases it is appropriate that people with disabilities trial group
program or day program run specifically for people with disabilities.
There are a range of options, it is important that the group is assessed as
suitable for the person, meeting social and recreational needs. We work
closely with the group providers in relation to our client's needs and
LINKING PEOPLE TOGETHER
recognise that quality social interaction is important for everyone,
we all choose who we socialise with and so we try and match people
who function at a similar social level & have similar
interests. Everyone forms friendships based on interests and
people are eligible for community "Friendly visiting" programs.
work with people and assess all aspects of a holiday, to enable them to go on the holiday of their choice within their
budget and with appropriate support. This might involve going away with 1:1 support, joining in
mainstream with trips with support if needed, a few people we work with
going on a trip with shared support. We also have good
connections with providers of organised trips specifically for people
with disabilities, which suit some people, but not all people.
for a man with an ABI to go on a mainstream "Seniors Trip" Opera in the
mountains with a support worker. Enabled him to pursue his love of
Opera, socialise with others with similar interest in music..
- Organised 6 men who had an
interest in golf to go on "blokes golf trip" staying on a short golf
course with shared support. There have been many of these trips as the
men all want to keep returning. We have an arrangement with
golf club for unlimited free golf, they also go fishing and whatever
else they choose to do. We select the support workers carefully to
ensure they have the skills and experience to make these holidays very
- Organise for a group of people to join in snow
skiing with shared support.
- Organised for a lady with an ABI to go on a
Cruise every year.
- Organised for a client to go on his dream trip
to Vietnam with a support worker.
- Organised for children with a disability to
participate in a mainstream camp
- Organised for children to attend camps
for children with disabilities.
often assess and support our clients to trial and participate in volunteer work,
with or without support. For many people who are unable to work, they
can feel really valued and respected by participating as a volunteer.
Often they have a paid support worker with them.
number of our clients are involved in "friendly visiting" and the
recreation programs ( e.g calling Bingo) at Aged Care facilities
one man sings at a local Nursing home
a lady volunteers at a cat shelter
have supported a number of clients to help out a local Op Shops, some
with support, others, over time, have been able to work
one man is a volunteer with the local football club
as a runner
one man and his worker deliver "meals on
have a strong belief that, as families are such an important
part of the
person's life, it is important that they can "have fun" together as well
as care for the client.
Sometimes this is hard and daunting
they need some support.
- We run "Family and Friends" dinners, which is a
chance for people so
socialise, meet others with disabilities, family members also socialise
with others who understand some of the issues they deal with daily.
Friendships have developed from these evenings.