What. A. Night! ✨

Last Thursday 4 April 2024, we celebrated the launch of our new Peer Mentoring program – a program all about connecting people with disability with those with lived experience, to increase their social connections and community relationships.

We had such a fun night with plenty of games, food, drinks, and most importantly, we had the opportunity to connect and form strong bonds with those in our community 🤗

A massive thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our launch, as well as Hard Days Night ADL for the awesome venue, Peter from 7 Fold Media for capturing the night, and to our fabulous organisers and Board that made this night happen.

It means the world to us and we’re so excited for what’s to come!

Highlights from the night include;

Watch the video for a short overview of the event!

Learn more about our Peer Mentoring Program

Join us in celebrating how Peer Mentoring can positively impact the lives of people with disability and how collectively we can make a difference.

 

This launch party will showcase the program, giving you a glimpse into the exciting opportunities ahead. Join us as we embark on this journey together and create a community dedicated to growth, learning, and empowerment.

 

THE DETAILS:

📅 Date: Thursday April 4th, 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

📍 Location: Hard Days Night, 301 Wright Street, Adelaide SA 5000

💲 Cost: From $10 per person.

🎫 Bookings required: via Eventbrite.

Bookings end Monday 25 March 2024.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

🌟 Strong & Capable freebies and info – because who doesn’t like free stuff?!

🤝 Networking opportunities with like-minded professionals, mentors and mentees

🎨 Interactive activities including board games, human bingo, an instax camera
photos and more!

🍽️ Delicious food provided by Whoopi Goldburger,

🍺 Drinks available from the bar

🌈 Sensory friendly spaces available

🏆 Prizes available on the night!

👗 Wear whatever makes you happy… !

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to hello@strongandcapable.com.au and we’ll listen and adapt to be as inclusive as we can possibly be.

Not yet a member, join up now!

 

LAST CHANCE TO WIN $50

Are you over 18, and a person with lived experience of disability, or care for someone with a disability?

Then we want to hear from you. You’ll need about 5 minutes to help shape the future of our programs.

*Gift card will be drawn at random on 15/03/2024, winner will be notified via email.*

🔗 Survey Link 

Come & celebrate with us,

Clair & Graeson

Are you over 18, and a person with lived experience of disability, or care for someone with a disability? Are you passionate about mentorship and want to help shape the future of our peer mentoring programs? Here’s your chance with Strong & Capable!

Complete our survey on Peer Mentoring and go into the draw to WIN a $50 gift card! Your valuable insights could make a big difference!

🔗 Survey Link: https://forms.gle/fcyTSnYXAWyGCPDE6

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your voice heard and win a reward at the same time. Spread the word and tag your friends who might be interested and let’s make mentoring even better together!

**Gift card will be drawn at random on 15/03/2024 and winner will be notified via email.**

If you need support to complete the survey, please contact us on 0477 339 948 or via email hello@strongandcapable.com.au.

Community Market Excursion

Leanne, Strong & Capable member & chair of the board.

 

Our Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator, Clair caught up with Leanne to learn how she found the experience. Here’s what Leanne had to say:

 

Clair: How were you feeling about participating in the Peer Mentoring activity?

Leanne: I was really looking forward to getting out and about and joining the rest of the world – I’ve been in a bit of a rut. A bit nervous about meeting someone new, but feeling quite happy that we were going to do something that we BOTH wanted to do. 

Clair: How long had it been since you had visited a community market & what had been stopping you from going?

Leanne: I didn’t realise I had stopped going to things like the market. It’s not as much fun on your own, and almost felt like a task without the company of someone else who wanted to be there.

Clair: How did you feel while you were participating in the activity?

Leanne: It had been a while since I had been to something like this – so I felt a bit awkward. It was great to have the distraction of someone to turn to and talk about the things for sale, and someone to point out things I hadn’t noticed. I didn’t feel quite so conspicuous, or like I was standing out – as you can when you are on your own. I felt more confident and it was so good to join the community.

Clair: Do you feel like this is something you want to do again, has it inspired you to find a regular way to build this activity into your routine or even try something new?

Leanne: I love the idea of trying new things as a bit of an experiment. I have realised that I need to schedule more fun into my life!

It’s not part of my routine yet, but has reminded me how good it is to get out and explore and interrupt the cycle of staying home (it’s a trap!)

Clair: Anything else you’d like to add?

Leanne: I’m really glad that I gave it a go, and I felt great afterwards. It gave me the chance to join in conversations about what we did over the weekend. Usually I don’t have much to add.

The planning ahead part was a positive experience too, something to look forward to.

 

Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator Comment

If you or someone you know might be interested in participating in the Peer Mentoring Program, don’t hesitate to reach out.

We’re all guilty of sticking to the routine. It works, its familiar, you’re comfortable with it.

A few weeks ago the Strong & Capable community got together to try something new. Taking into account our community needs & interests, this was the plan we came up with;

  1. Play pool
  2. Go for nature walk
  3. Visit a community market

We had a really fun afternoon, and discovered who was the Pool Shark amongst us, who loves to grab a bargain at the markets and who enjoys being in the fresh air!

So here are a few reasons why getting out of your comfort zone can be good for you:

1. New skills: Stepping out of your comfort zone challenges you to learn new skills, adapt to different situations. It can help you discover hidden talents and interests you might not have realized you had.

2. Build strength: Facing unfamiliar or uncomfortable situations can help build your mental and emotional strength.

3. Increased Confidence: Successfully navigating new territory can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem which will give you confidence in your ability to handle new challenges and situations.

4. Broadened Horizons: Going beyond your comfort zone exposes you to new people, cultures, ideas, and opportunities.

5. Improved Problem-Solving: Adapting to unfamiliar situations can improve your problem-solving skills. You’ll learn to come up with creative solutions when your usual strategies don’t apply.

6. Break from Routine: Leaving your comfort zone provides a break from daily life. It can be refreshing and prevent boredom, but can also build anticipation and excitement.

7. Face your Fears: Facing your fears and anxieties head-on can help reduce their power over you.

8. Increased Adaptability: Adapting to new environments and experiences teaches you to be more flexible and adaptable, which is a valuable skill in a constantly changing world.

9. Achievement and Satisfaction: Successfully tackling challenges outside your comfort zone can bring a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. It can encourage you to take on even greater challenges in the future.

Getting out of your comfort zone doesn’t mean you should constantly put yourself in high-stress situations. It’s about finding a healthy balance between the familiar and the unfamiliar. Small steps outside your comfort zone are often the best way to get the benefits.

Not everyone will achieve all these benefits, but we hope we’ve listed enough for you to find something that appeals to you.

Let us know if we can support you to try something new, we can connect you to people with shared interests as part of our Peer Mentoring Program, where we create social participation opportunities for people with disabilities.

Read more about the Program.

 

Fun should be for everyone.

We had a great time at the Carers SA Expo learning about what many of you like to do for fun!

We had activities from board games, crafting, dancing, movies & music through to dressing up as a Viking and everything in between.

We hope the game ignited a craving to find more ways to bring these activities into your regular routine. And that’s exactly how our Peer Mentoring Program can assist you and the ones you care for – by providing a way to participate in social & community activities that you find fun.

Our 1 on 1 Peer Mentoring Program is designed to help people with disabilities ‘Find their fun’! We connect people by shared interests, with a member of our lived experience community, with the aim to access mainstream activities and services.

Plus if you have a skill or interest to share with others, we’d love to hear from you, we’re always on the look out for Mentors.

Get in touch to learn more.

In the journey of personal development, finding the right support system can be the key to unlocking your full potential. One powerful way to achieve personal growth is through participating in a peer mentoring program. These programs offer a blend of guidance, friendship, and shared experiences that can lead to positive changes in your life. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the benefits of participating in a mentoring program.

  1. New outlook

One of the main reasons to participate in peer mentoring is the opportunity to gain a new outlook. When you connect with peers from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, you open yourself up to a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that you might not encounter otherwise. This new outlook can help you see the world in new ways, supporting personal growth and improving your problem-solving skills.

2. Responsibility and Goal Setting

In a peer mentoring program, you can set goals and work towards them with the support and encouragement of your peers. This built-in accountability can be a powerful motivator to help you stay on track and achieve your personal and professional objectives. Knowing that others are counting on you can boost your commitment and determination.

3. Constructive Input

Constructive input is essential for personal development, but it can sometimes be difficult to obtain from friends and family who may be too close to the you. In a peer mentoring program, you can expect honest feedback from your peers. They can provide you with valuable insights, helping you identify areas for improvement and the path to achieve this.

4. Skill Development

Whether you’re looking to make new connections, improve your communication abilities, or learn new skills, a peer mentoring program can be a useful tool. Peers can share their knowledge and expertise, offer guidance, and even provide hands-on training. The opportunity to be exposed to different skill sets will support your personal and professional growth.

5. Emotional Support

Personal development isn’t just about gaining new skills; it’s also about emotional well-being. Peer mentoring programs offer a safe and supportive environment where you can share your challenges, fears, and successes. This emotional support can help reduce stress, boost self-confidence, and provide a sense of belonging.

6. Grow your community

Participating in a peer mentoring program can also expand your social network. The connections you make within the program can lead to new experiences and friendships. Engaging with others is an essential part of personal development, as it opens doors to new experiences and possibilities.

Participating in a peer mentoring program can be a life-changing experience. The benefits, ranging from new perspectives and accountability to constructive input and emotional support, make these programs invaluable tools for personal development. If you’re looking to enhance your personal and professional growth, consider joining a peer mentoring program. You’ll not only grow as an individual but also contribute to the growth of your peers, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and support.

Ready to join a Peer Mentoring Program – check out the details here.

Below is the easy-read version of the blog.

Download the non easy-read version here: Why Support Coordination Is Key To Maximising An NDIS Plan

 

This blog is written by Kym Mercer.

Kym works as a NDIS Support Coordinator.

A Support Coordinator is someone who knows a lot about the NDIS and they have skills to help people to have the best NDIS plan.

Kym is also a Board Member of the Strong & Capable Cooperative.

A Board is the group of people who lead an organisation.

You can download our Easy Read version Below.

 

START.

 

When the NDIS started about 10 years ago, people were feeling happy because it meant people with disability would have more choice about the things they needed.

It also meant that people with disability could have better lives.

A lot of great things have happened since the NDIS started.

Also, some bad things have happened which have made it hard for people with disability.

The NDIS was reviewed to see how well it was doing and lots of people with disability gave their feedback.

Many people with disability said that the NDIS was hard to access and understand.

People with disability also said that things did not happen quickly enough.

You can read more about this review here: National disability insurance scheme confusing and causing some to miss out on support, review finds | National disability insurance scheme | The Guardian.

The NDIA have said that only 70 percent of people with disability on NDIS plans are spending all the money in their plan.

You can read more about this here: Annual Report | NDIS

Kym believes the reason why people do not spend all the money in their plan is because it is very hard to understand what the NDIS will let people buy with the money they have been given.

 

WHAT CAN PEOPLE SPEND THEIR PLAN MONEY ON?

The NDIS uses the words ‘reasonable and necessary’ when making an NDIS plan.

Reasonable and necessary means what types and level of support you need.

Kym knows that many people find these words confusing.

When someone in the NDIS attends a planning meeting, it is worked out what is reasonable and necessary.

People with disability need to provide evidence to show what supports they need.

Some things the NDIA Planner may think about when creating a plan include:

The NDIS plan will list the supports that the person with disability can get but there is no information on how the money can be spent.

This makes it hard for the person on the NDIS plan to know if they can buy something, like services or equipment, with their NDIS plan money.

Many people on NDIS plans feel worried that they might have to pay back money if they buy the wrong thing.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET HELP

Many people on NDIS plans feel stressed about how to manage their plan and spend their money.

Getting help can make things better.

Many people ask family and friends to help them with their plan.

This is fine but sometimes they do not know enough about the NDIS to help make changes.

A Support Coordinator can help.

Support Coordinators can help people on an NDIS plan to spend their money on the correct services, equipment and support.

Support Coordinators can help with:

 

PAYING FOR SUPPORT COORDINATORS

The NDIS can pay for Support Coordinators if it is in the NDIS plan.

People need to show how Support Coordination will help them to achieve their goals and to become more independent.

Independent means doing things by yourself with a little bit or no help.

A Support Coordinator may be needed for a short time or a long time.

Having a Support Coordinator will mean people can have the best possible NDIS plan.

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