Did you know that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can support you to access and participate in your local community if your disability impacts your ability to do this independently?
Social and Community Participation provides NDIS funded supports to empower people with disabilities to actively engage in their communities.
Social and Community Participation provides opportunities to build social connections, develop new skills, and explore diverse experiences. This blog article is based on the NDIS’ guide – Getting ready for social and community participation, which outlines the essential steps to getting ready for Social and Community Participation, helping you embark on a journey of inclusion and personal growth.
Understand Your Goals and Interests:
Before diving into Social and Community Participation, take some time to reflect on your personal goals and interests. What activities do you enjoy? What skills do you want to develop? Identifying your passions will help you tailor your participation to suit your preferences and enhance your overall experience.
Collaborate with your Support Coordinator:
Engaging with a Support Coordinator is crucial during this process. They are equipped to guide you through the available supports and services, assist with setting goals, and connect you with appropriate community resources. Work closely with your Support Coordinator to outline your desired outcomes and create an action plan that aligns with your aspirations.
Explore Local Community Groups and Services:
Your community is a treasure trove of opportunities waiting to be discovered. Research and explore local community groups, clubs, and organisations that align with your interests. Whether it’s sports, arts, music, or volunteering, there is likely a range of inclusive activities available. Attend events, workshops, or open days to get a taste of what each group offers and find the ones that resonate with you.
Develop Your Social Skills:
Effective social skills are essential for engaging in community activities and building connections. Practice and enhance your communication skills, active listening, and empathy. Join social skills training programs or seek support from professionals who can assist you in navigating social interactions and building self-confidence.
When participating in community activities, it’s important to consider accessibility needs. Be proactive in communicating your requirements to the organisers or group leaders. This may include wheelchair accessibility, Auslan interpreters, or any other accommodations necessary to ensure your full inclusion and participation.
NDIS Funding for Social and Community Participation:
The NDIS provides funding specifically designated for Social and Community Participation. Work closely with your Support Coordinator to understand how this funding can be utilised to support your goals and access the activities and supports you desire. Your Support Coordinator can assist you to navigate the funding process and develop a plan that maximises your participation potential.
Start Small and Build Confidence:
Embarking on a journey of social and community participation can be overwhelming, especially if you are new to it. Start small by attending local gatherings or joining smaller groups where you feel comfortable. As you gain confidence and experience, gradually expand your horizons and embrace new challenges.
Getting ready for Social and Community Participation is an exciting and empowering process. By understanding your goals, collaborating with your Support Coordinator, exploring local opportunities, and enhancing your social skills, you can embark on a journey of inclusion and personal growth. Remember, the NDIS is there to support you along the way, providing funding and resources to facilitate your participation. So, take that first step, embrace the possibilities, and unlock a world of enriching experiences within your community.
If you would like to find out how Nextt can support you to reach your Social and Community Participation goals, please contact us on 1300 369 568. We’ll do our very best to help.
For more information about Social and Community Participation, please refer to the NDIS guidelines: Getting ready for social and community participation, Connecting with social and community activities and Staying connected with social and community activities.