Milestone week for Melissa

A lady stands in an apartment doorway

This is a milestone week for Melissa, she is preparing to leave her family home of 27 years to pursue independent living for the first time.

“I’ve been packed and ready to go for a while!” Melissa jokes.

Moving out of home is an exciting time for any young person, but for Melissa who has an intellectual disability, ...

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Stephen’s Story

Stephen can move freely around his new home and garden, a life changing development that has improved his quality of life significantly.

In the past, lack of home modification and accessibility meant that Stephen, who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair for his mobility, was confined to one room within his public housing flat, a situation that took its toll on his physical and mental health.

Having been on the wait list for accessible housing for three years, Stephen was ...

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Brotherhood of St Laurence to deliver NDIS in Melbourne’s west

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has been announced as the provider of Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) in Melbourne’s west and beyond.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced the Brotherhood will deliver services in the Western Melbourne region from Carlton to Little River, and across the Brimbank and Melton region, from Sunshine to Melton.

Western Melbourne covers the local government areas of Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Moonee Valley and Wyndham, while the Brimbank Melton region ...

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Kyle’s story

School camp is a special time for most kids, it’s often the first experience of adventure and independence away from home.

This excitement wasn’t always the case for 11 year old Kyle who has autism spectrum disorder.

Struggling to sleep on his own and experiencing regular discomfort, Kyle relied heavily on his mum and dad each night.

With school camp coming up in 4 weeks, Kyle was growing increasingly anxious about attending camp without his parents and questioned whether he would be able ...

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Accessibility ride for success

A bike ride along the Diamond Creek Trail has become a whole lot easier for people with disability and their families, thanks to the construction of a shed to store adaptive bikes.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence are proud to have partnered with Nillumbik Shire Council and the Australian Government in funding a storage facility for heavy adaptive bikes near the Diamond Creek Trail.

Combined grants of $15,000 have been awarded to build the storage facility.

Shayla, 24, of Diamond Creek has cerebral ...

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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) comes to Bayside Peninsula

The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Bayside Peninsula area on 1 April is an important milestone for people with disability, their families, carers and the broader local community.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence are the local Partners in the Community, and together with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), will deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the Bayside Peninsula area.

Area Manager of Bayside Peninsula, Lisa Rollinson believes the Brotherhood’s strong community ties will benefit Local ...

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Hume NDIS office opening

The official opening of the Hume NDIS office held on 19 March was a reflection of the partnership between the Brotherhood and NDIA at the co-located Broadmeadows office, a national first.
Guests from local council and disability organisations were in attendance to mark this significant occasion for the Hume community.
A Welcome to Country was delivered by Kellie Hunter, a Wurundjeri woman who has grown up and lived in the Hume area for over 30 years. The ceremony was a ...

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NDIS welcomed in HUME Moreland

1 March marks the official launch date for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Hume Moreland.
The co-location of the Brotherhood Local Area Coordination and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) staff at the newly opened Broadmeadows office is a national first.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence are the local Partners in the Community in the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Hume Moreland area.
You can contact our team on 1300 275 634 or ...

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Bayside Service Provider Forum

The Brotherhood Service Provider Forum held last Friday, February 9 was a great chance to engage in productive discussions with service providers across Bayside Peninsula.
Held at Phoenix Park Community Centre in Malvern East, the forum was aimed at providers across the Stonnington, Glen Eira, Bayside and Port Phillip areas.
Thank you to our fantastic panel representatives from National Disability Services, Disability Services Commissioner, Victoria, National Disability Insurance Scheme and Early Childhood Intervention Australia – VIC/TAS for providing their expert ...

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Sensory Friendly Family Fun Day at Funfields

Summer is a fantastic time of year to enjoy outdoor activities with loved ones. Funfields at Whittlesea is working with local autism support groups to host a sensory friendly family day. The family day will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 10:00am – 4:30pm.

This special event will include discounted ticket prices and significantly smaller crowds, providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for children and families.

Tickets are available on the Funfields website.

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