Transforming the lives of people living with a disability

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning has launched a video to help the community better understand what the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is, and how it’s transforming the lives of people living with a disability.

“CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is a provider of opportunity for people with a disability, helping them to develop their independent living skills at home and in the community,” Acting Director of CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning, Gary Christensen said.  

“Since the NDIS was first introduced in the Hunter a few years ago, and more recently in the Manning last year, it has afforded greater choice and control for people living with a disability, to choose the services that best align with their needs.

“As an NDIS provider, we’ve helped hundreds of people to achieve their goals through our various disability supports. We understand navigating the NDIS can be overwhelming; we pride ourselves on working in partnership with the people we support to deliver our services in the way that suits them best. That approach was a key motivator for us developing the video, as we understand that for some words on a page can be meaningless, but seeing in action the types of support we can offer better resonates,” Gary said.

If you have an NDIS package, CatholicCare may be able to provide you with the following support:

Co-ordination of Support

  • Assistance in co-ordinating your NDIS plan.

Our team can help you maximise the outcomes you are able to achieve through your awarded line items.

 Improved learning

  • Transition through school and to further education.

This may include supported employment opportunities, helping you to enrol or attend classes. 

 Improved Daily Living  

  • Autism assessments
  • Functional and cognitive assessments
  • Individual counselling
  • Assistance with making decisions
  • Individual life skill development
  • Training for carers/parents

We offer a range of assessments and assisted strategies designed to ensure you are receiving practical and suitable support to live your life to the fullest.

 Improved Living Arrangements

  • Guidance with activities to assist with obtaining or retaining appropriate

This may include assisting you to identify your living preferences, applying for appropriate housing, making your house a home and maintaining comfortable and secure living. In addition to supporting you to live independently, we also offer Supported Accommodation (link) 

Improved Relationships

  • Behaviour support assistance
  • Training in behaviour management strategies
  • Development of social skills

Good mental health underpins all aspects of a person’s life including self-worth, forming and maintaining relationships and the ability to succeed in work, study and community settings. Our team of psychologists and positive behavioural support specialists provides individual counselling to enhance and improve self-worth, confidence and self-esteem.

Social and Community Participation/Assistance with Daily Life

  • Assistance in developing new skills relating to everyday activities
  • Engage in community/social or recreational activities within the community
  • Individual/small group and centre-based activities.
  • Skill development to increase independence. (Paying bills, shopping, attending appointments, support in taking part in activities and public transport training)
  • Mentoring/peer support (including but not limited to mental health)

Social and community participation is driven by the individual’s unique needs and aspirations. We have helped hundreds of people define and achieve their own success, their own way. Read their stories here … 

To find out more about how CatholicCare can assist you to achieve your goals, contact us for a personalised overview.  

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Lizzie is Team Leader Content for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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