Brotherhood of St Laurence announced as NDIA partner in Hume – Moreland and Bayside Peninsula

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has been announced by the NDIA as the successful provider of Local Area Coordination and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) in both the Hume – Moreland and Bayside Peninsula areas. 

These new contracts will see our Local Area Coordination team expand to a number of new offices throughout the region.

Continuing on from our work in the north-east Melbourne areas, our focus in Hume ...

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Participant Journey

A member of the Brotherhood’s Aboriginal LAC team met with a 19 year old Aboriginal participant and his family to develop his NDIS plan.  Having recently moved to Melbourne from Queensland with his family, his community links were limited.  During the planning meeting conversation they discussed goals, current community, mainstream supports and other funded supports that the participant required.

Once the plan was approved, the Local Area Coordinator assisted him to link into an Aboriginal music group within his community, as ...

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School Leaver Employment Supports

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is a funded employment support for Year 12 students with a disability to assist in reaching their employment goals. Participants can have SLES and other reasonable and necessary funded supports in their NDIS plan.

SLES supports are tailored to meet individual needs with an aim of increasing confidence and aspirations to find employment.

The attached slide set provides information on School Leaver Employment Supports and how it can benefit you.

This presentation was as part of the Brotherhood ...

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Highlights from a day in the life of a Brotherhood of St Laurence Local Area Coordinator (LAC)

The role of an LAC at the Brotherhood of St Laurence is to support all people with disability and their families in the North East Melbourne area in Melbourne.

The main role of LACs is to support people with disability and their families to understand and navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). LACs need to build rapport quickly and communicate with compassion and clarify with people from a range of backgrounds.

LACs are required to develop a deep understanding of the local ...

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NDIS Participant Evaluation

If you are a current NDIS participant, have an NDIS plan and are receiving NDIS funding, you would have some experience with Local Area Coordination (LAC). Both the Local Area Coordination (LAC) service and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are new to The Brotherhood of St Laurence, and we want to keep improving over time.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence NDIS is committed to research and evaluation that informs our service delivery. The LAC Evaluation is specifically designed to look ...

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Hearing Awareness Week 2017

This week is Hearing Awareness Week from 20 – 26 August 2017. Hearing Awareness Week is Australia’s annual event to raise community awareness of deafness and ways to protect your hearing.

On Sunday 20 August, BSL LAC presented at the Healthy Hearing Expo which was held at the Abbotsford Convent. Local Area Coordinators Pia Wakefield and Michael Parremore met with deaf and hard of hearing people and service providers and provided information about the NDIS and other services provided by the ...

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Changing Places

The Darebin City Council is planning to build four Changing Places in Darebin over the next four years. They are seeking feedback from the community about Changing Places and whether they would be helpful in Darebin.

What are Changing Places?

Changing Places are larger than standard accessible toilets, and have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with a disability and their carers.

How is it different to a standard accessible toilet?

A standard accessible toilet is designed for independent ...

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Leadership for Victorians With Disability

Victorians with a disability will have the opportunity to become leaders in their community thanks to a new program aiming to empower and increase confidence.

In partnership with Leadership Victoria and the Disability Leadership Institute, the Disability Leadership Program offers scholarships, mentoring, role shadowing and networking for Victorians with a disability to gain valuable leadership development and training.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today opened applications for a range of scholarships and development opportunities, as part of the Disability ...

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Engaging with your Community

I feel really lucky that through my paid employment and volunteering I have met and connected with so many compassionate, passionate and inspiring people who are committed to their communities. Being active in my community feels like it is an essential part of my life.  It’s also something that I want my children to value.

Although my children would often prefer that I don’t volunteer (on the basis that it is embarrassing for them) I firmly believe ...

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