One simple example of what ‘independence’ means to a person with disability is having the ability to access, and be included in, the local community.
Meet Robert, one of our participants who loves getting out to the raffles at Telarah Bowling Club and taking part in the fun. Going down to the local watering hole and getting to interact with friends and patrons socially is something Robert looks forward to every week with his Support Worker. Robert uses a mobility aid, so his Support Worker helps him to take this equipment down to Telarah Bowling Club and ensure he is safe while getting in and around the club.
Taking part in social and recreational activities out in the community is important, not just for enjoyment, but also because they can help people with disability improve their wellbeing, such as improving their mental health.
Robert uses his NDIS plan for these weekly trips, using his community access funding to obtain supports from Community Living, who are able to help him go out to any local activities, locations or events he wishes to take part in. With help like this, Robert is able to take part in things like the raffles at Telarah Bowling Club and have the chance to win big. Last week, Robert even managed to strike gold when he won the fruit and veggie pack!
Mai-Wel has been a long withstanding registered provider with the NDIS, being one of the first disability service providers to take part in the scheme when it was rolled out in the Hunter Region.
Mai-Wel participants can use their funding with Mai-Wel for supports in all aspects of life, including employment services, living options, lifestyle and leisure and support coordination.
Wondering how you can access Mai-Wel’s Community Living supports? Well, anyone can make a referral to Mai-Wel for living supports, whether you’re a friend, family member, service provider, doctor or case manager. With Mai-Wel you have a range of living options for people with disability available throughout Maitland, Cessnock, Dungog, Port Stephens, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Singleton, Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter Local Government Areas.
Participants must be over 18 years of age and have an intellectual, physical or sensory disability, or an acquired brain injury. To access Mai-Wel’s Living Options with your NDIS funding, contact us on (02) 4057 2900 or email@example.com, or visit our website here for more information.
Pictured: Robert was all smiles when he won the fruit and veggie pack at the Telarah Bowling Club raffles!
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