Creating inclusive bicycle trails

The Brotherhood of St Laurence are proud to have partnered with Nillumbik Shire Council to work towards creating more inclusive opportunities for all local residents.

The Council has recently been announced as a recipient of the Stronger Communities Programme Round 3 grant, with additional funding to be provided by the Brotherhood to bring the project to reality.

The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to help deliver social benefits in communities across Australia.

The grant is for the creation of ...

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Take a dip at Australia’s most accessible beach

St Kilda is now home to Australia’s most accessible beach, following Port Phillip Council’s launch on December 9 of beach wheelchairs and matting to ensure people with disabilities can enjoy a day at the Bay.

The accessible beach launch is an integrated support – it couples with nearby accessible tram stops and a changing places fully accessible change room and toilet (MLAK key required).

Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin, who addressed the launch, said: “Going to the beach in Australia is ...

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NDIA Design Hub

Members of the Brotherhood LAC team collaborating on a shared work top at the NDIA Design Hub in Geelong.

Members of the Brotherhood LAC team are currently hard at work at the NDIA Design Hub in Geelong, assisting in the Participant Pathway Review program.

The Participant Pathway Review program aimed to produce a new pathway that would improve the experience participants have with the NDIS.

Across a ...

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Accessible Beach Launch

Image depicting City of Port Phillips accessible beaches for people with disability

To commence celebrations for International Day of People with Disability, the City of Port Phillip are officially launching new beach matting and beach wheelchairs. This will allow people with a disability to access the shoreline at St Kilda beach and Port Melbourne beaches in Victoria.

The Brotherhood LAC team will be hosting a popup ...

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International Day of People with Disability 2017

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) 2017 will be held on Sunday, December 3. IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

There will be a range of events and activities hosted Banyule City Council, running from November 27 – December 5, for people of all ages ...

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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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