The Role of Social Networks in Community Involvement

Did you know the NDIS helps people with disabilities join in social and community activities?

Social and community participation is a powerful way to form meaningful connections, engage in enjoyable activities, and enrich our lives. Recognizing its significance, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support for individuals with disabilities to partake in these activities.

If you’re unsure about how to utilize your community participation funding, our compassionate team at Abled Care Service is here to guide you.

Understanding Social & Community Participation

Social and community participation might sound complex, but it’s quite straightforward. It’s about connecting with individuals who share your interests and participating in activities that bring you happiness. It’s about mingling with like-minded people, indulging in your favorite pastimes, and engaging with your local community. The beauty of it is, you get to choose activities that you enjoy!

NDIS and Increased Social & Community Participation

The NDIS’s Increased Social and Community Participation is designed to assist individuals with disabilities to engage in social and community activities beyond their usual routine or essential needs. It encompasses a broad range of activities, such as attending a camp or starting dance lessons, with the aim of empowering individuals to enhance their independence, acquire new skills, and improve their overall wellbeing.

Capacity Building vs Core Support

Two types of support budgets can assist you in participating in your community:

Core Supports

Core Supports cover the ongoing assistance you may need to participate in your community.

Capacity Building

Capacity Building, where ‘Increased Social and Community Participation’ support comes in, focuses on developing new skills for greater independence and confidence.

Core supports assist with daily needs, while capacity building supports focus on long-term goals and independence. Your NDIS plan may combine both to suit your needs.

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What Does the Funding Cover?

There are a wide variety of ways you can use your funding to increase social and community participation. You may use it to learn a new skill, explore a new hobby, or even volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about.

Camping and vacation trips

Lessons for new skills

Life skills training

Social or communication skills classes

Membership fees for sports teams

Volunteering in the community

What Doesn’t the Funding Cover?

While Capacity Building funding can help build skills, there are limitations to its use. For instance, it may cover basketball lessons but not the cost of a sports uniform.

Non-disability-related medical or healthcare costs

Rent, utilities, and groceries

Toiletries and clothing

Non-disability-related equipment or technology

Leisure activities not for skill-building or community participation

Non-disability-related travel or transportation expenses

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Securing Funding for Increased Social & Community Participation

If you’re new to the NDIS or getting ready for a plan review, consult with your Local Area Coordinator, Support Coordinator, or the NDIS regarding Increased Social and Community Participation funding. They’ll assist you in determining if your desired services and supports are necessary, reasonable, and aligned with your goals.

Keep in mind: Capacity Building offers less flexibility compared to Core Supports. It’s typically linked to specific service providers, programs, or interventions aimed at achieving measurable outcomes and building sustainable skills and capabilities. Therefore, it’s crucial to utilize Increased Social and Community Participation funding appropriately.

Increase social and community participation with Abled Care Service

Did you know that Abled Care Service specializes in social and community participation? That’s why we call our support workers “Social Carers”! Our Social Carers can assist you in building skills, getting out and about, preparing meals, improving health and wellbeing, and much more. If you’re interested in learning more, visit our website or contact our friendly team at contact@abledcareservice.com.au.

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