Solo exhibition reconnects Milos’s art with the community

For self-taught painter Milos Manojlovic, being an artist has been his passion since he was a young boy in Serbia.

“I have always had a creative side; I was into theatre when I was young,” Milos said.

“I wasn’t painting at that time, but I was always drawing and people around me would encourage me to start painting. Only when I arrived in Australia when I was 32 did I begin painting seriously.”

Since experiencing a stroke 10 years ago that impacted his ...

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Have your say on the Disability Support Pension

 

The Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) are putting together a submission for a Senate inquiry into the Disability Support Pension (DSP).

You can out find out more about the inquiry here: Purpose, intent and adequacy of the Disability Support Pension – Parliament of Australia (aph.gov.au)

We want to include the perspectives of people who have recently applied for a DSP, either for themselves or someone they care for.

We are interested in hearing about people’s experiences of:

  • the general application process
  • whether you could find ...
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Connecting with BSL NDIS

We’re leveraging our digital platforms to make it easier to connect with the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) NDIS team.

We are launching a web chat service on the BSL NDIS website, providing an additional communication channel for people with disability, family members, carers and the community to connect with us.

Launching on ...

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Joe is reconnecting with his creativity

Joe PascoeJoe Pascoe’s career as a poet all started when he was faced with a dilemma. In need of a wedding anniversary gift for his wife, and with no ideas coming to mind, he wrote a poem instead.

He has since released two poetry books through Melbourne-based independent publisher, Readings Sideway Press. His latest book, Frangipani, is a series of poems exploring nature, childhood, ...

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Lachlan’s working towards independence

Lachlan at his new job at the Melbourne Cable Park

A chance visit to Melbourne Cable Park is what led Lachlan to discover a passion for wakeboarding and find new employment opportunities.

Lachlan, 19, who has cerebral palsy, has always been excited about his future but struggled to find the right opportunities that met his needs.

Lachlan worked with Brotherhood Local Area Coordinator, Sasha, to ...

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Addressing wait times in accessing Early Childhood Early Intervention Services

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have announced the introduction of a six-month interim plan for young children to resolve the delays and backlogs for children with disability in accessing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) supports through the NDIS.

Following on from this announcement, the NDIA has released further information on the short term initiatives programs currently underway in order to make an impact and reduce wait times.

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Sharing experiences to create change

Workforce Advisor from Brotherhood NDIS Services, Helene Dore, was invited to share her experience to help Cambodian non-profit organisation Children’s Future International (CFI). 

Children’s Future International (CFI) supports children experiencing extreme disadvantage in rural Cambodia with social work and educational services.

At the Brotherhood, Helene is Workforce Advisor for our Local Area Coordination team, and has a background in disability service and development advice.

Invited to share her expertise on disability and mental health as part of an outreach program, Helene joined ...

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Maddy finds her passion through the NDIS

Young girl smiling with a bouquet of flowersFinding her talent in floristry, Maddy one day hopes to open her own florist and gift store.

Over the last 12 months, Maddy, 22, who has an intellectual disability has developed a new outlook on life and is harnessing her creative talents.

But for Maddy, trying new activities and being out in the community wasn’t always easy.

Struggling with ...

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Faster access to ECEI supports

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced the introduction of a six-month interim plan for young children to resolve the delays and backlogs for children with disability in accessing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) supports through the NDIS.

Details of how this will be implemented and when it will commence will be known in the next 3-4 weeks. We will be able to provide more information after this time and will post these updates to our ...

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Strutt your Stuff 2019

Strutt Your Stuff Darebin 16 March 2019Strutt Your Stuff is an inclusive fashion show and community fair celebrating self-expression, connection and the power of recycling. Organised by a group of passionate volunteers, Strutt your Stuff provides an opportunity for people of all abilities and backgrounds to celebrate fashion and creativity together in an inclusive community environment.

Over 200 people from ...

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