What Can SkillsConnection do for you?
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with an intellectual disability to understand.
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NDIS Peer Support Groups
VALID has established Peer Support to Buy Support Groups in our region. These groups are for people who are receiving or support people who are receiving NDIS funding. The groups meet on a regular basis to share ideas and experiences on what has worked or not worked for them and to support each other.
Click here for their newsletter and contact information.
New smartphone app will help you not to miss your stop.
The Stop Here app tracks where a person is on the rail network and uses See, Hear or Feel, a notification on screen, a noise alert or vibration, to let you know when your train is nearing the station.
To view a video about how the app can help vision and hearing impared people make sure they never miss their stop again visit: http://vimeo.com/102205423 and enter the password: Stop Here
BELONGING & CONNECTING
The ‘Belonging and Connecting’ multi-media project has been created by the G21 Disability Inclusion Partnership.
The project has been developed to promote the stories of nine young people with disabilities, from diverse backgrounds, who have successfully participated in community life as a result of innovative practices and projects in the G21 region.
Eight digital videos communicate their stories. See them all and read about the project here.
One of the young people featured is Shantel who receives support from SkillsConnection.
You can watch her video here.
National Disability Insurance Agency web site
The National Disability Insurance Agency - formerly DisabilityCare Australia - is the national disability insurance scheme - a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.
There is now an office in Colac.
To find out more visit their web site:
SkillsConnection clients who would like assistance with their transition to NDIA funding can contact our Rae Street offices 03 5231 2333 or talk to any of our staff.
Jiffy Leaving Their Mark On The Street
Jiffy have added a new service to their repertoire. They are now offering kerb side house number marking.
Having your house number marked on the kerb helps visitors and emergency services locate your property quickly and easily. Jiffy will stencil your house number onto the kerb with long lasting, scuff resistant paint and apply a reflective coating to the numbers so that they are clearly visible night and day.
The service only costs $15.00, a small investment that could save a fire or ambulance crew crucial seconds or even minutes when trying to locate you in an emergency.
Call into our Rae Street office or phone Jiffy on 52 321 506 to access this service.
Some feedback we recently received:
Re: ISP reviews
"We appreciate the work you have put into this and love the way your service is so flexible and client focussed."
New product launch: Quality outdoor/indoor furniture.
We are delighted to introduce the latest product from our enterprise team.
This high quality, hand crafted outdoor/indoor furniture is available from Studio 92 or to order by calling or emailing our reception.
The extremely comfortable chairs are of an ingenious two piece design that slots together for easy transport and storage.
The table locks upright for safety when in use but folds neatly away too.
Treated Pine frames and Merbau slats keep the weight down without sacrificing strength and longevity.
The table shown is a two setting size but larger versions are available and all pieces can be painted or stained to your specifications.
Click here for prices and more pictures.
SkillsConnection D.E.S. gains a 4 star rating and ranks in the top 20%
Our Disability Employment Service has broken into the top 20% of the nation's DES providers and gained a four star rating.
The four star rating will guarantee that we continue to provide employment support to people with an intellectual disability, an injury or a health issue which presents a barrier to them gaining full time employment for years to come.
DES funding is dependant on providers achieving a minimum of 3 stars to qualify for ongoing funding and our four star rating means we are assured of ongoing funding until the rating is reviewed in 2018.