CRU was one of eleven organisations that have been funded as part of the Queensland Government’s NDIS Participant Readiness strategy to provide free events to assist people with disability and their families to be better prepared for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as it is implemented in Queensland.

Over the three years we saw over 12000 people in rural, remote and metropolitan Queensland.  We also created a number of resources, that we have shared below, designed to help people with disability, their family and friends to make the most out of the opportunities presented by the NDIS.

Our Participant Readiness for the NDIS workshops have now finished, but some of the resources we created for these workshops, including a number of videos on people’s experiences of the NDIS.  These can be found on our YouTube Channel and in our Resource Website:  Bringing the Good Life to Life.

We also worked with the families of people who use Adult Support and Respite Services (AS&RS), the Queensland Government’s accommodation and respite support program.  CRU provided information about the NDIS transition process and the opportunities that the NDIS will provide for their family member.

Bringing the Good Life to Life

Titled Bringing the Good Life to Life, this website has been created as a resource for people with disability and their supporters, both paid and unpaid.

This website can be found at: http://thegoodlife.cru.org.au

Our idea was to create a website that explored what makes a Good Life and some of the things that can be done to create and sustain this for a person with disability.  We gathered some great content that already exists on this topic and created some new resources that highlight key ideas and share the wisdom of others.

By following the links you can see where the resources have come from and continue your own research.  As well as resources from around the world we have highlighted local resources that are relevant to the Australian and Queensland context.  We trust that this means there will be a mix of familiar concepts, old favourites and new resources that will be of interest to everyone that CRU is connected with.

Real Stories of the NDIS - New Opportunities for the Good Life

These one day forums were held in 2016 and 2017 in Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Toowoomba, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  They showcased stories by and about people with disabilities and their families who are using the scheme.

These forums continued on from our other workshops and gave people an opportunity to hearing how other people were using the NDIS. Participants were inspired and encouraged to think about what is possible in the context of self-direction and the NDIS.

Topics covered included:

  • Living in a home of one’s own
  • Creating a vision and planning for a Good Life.
  • Preparing for a planning conversation with the NDIS.
  • Transitioning from school.
  • Self Managing using a Plan Manager.

CRU filmed many of these events and some excerpts have been made in to short films.  These can be viewed through our YouTube channel or via the video to the right.

Workshops

CRU held four different types of workshops over the three years we were involved in the Participant Readiness Project:

  • The NDIS – Getting Informed were half day sessions provide introductory information about the what, why, how and when of the scheme. Participants learnt how to access the scheme and what to do to feel prepared to develop a plan with the NDIS when the time comes.
  • The NDIS – Sharing Practical Strategies sessions followed on from Getting Informed.  They were conversation-based where people could share practical strategies about how to use the scheme.  These structured conversations gave people a chance to further develop ideas raised in the morning to help them feel more prepared, confident and ready to make good use of the opportunities offered by the NDIS.  We also explored ways of sharing information about the NDIS with others in their community.
  • Making the Most of the NDIS – Run in 2016 and early 2017 these were our longest events, with four sessions run over two days.  Each session covered a specific topic area:  Getting informed, starting to plan, understanding supports and managing supports.  These covered topics such as what the NDIS is, strategies for planning, using support well and self-direction.
  • Taking Charge of Change –  Run in late 2015 and 2016, these full-day events shared the purpose of practically assisting people to think about what they could do ‘now’ to prepare for the NDIS.

We held these events throughout various regions of Queensland including:

  • Brisbane
  • Central Queensland
  • South West Queensland
  • South East Queensland

We also held a number of smaller events and collaborations with community groups, service providers, educators, social workers and community events.

We held workshops in:

Road trips and Regional Engagement

Through working in South West and Central Queensland CRU chose a number of strategies to connect with people.  As well as our workshops, which we held at larger regional centres we also organised a series of road trips.  Our presenters organised presentations as well as conversations with people in local community halls and in their own homes.

Some of these road trips were held in collaboration with Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), a fellow Participant Readiness provider.  QDN was also running events around Queensland and they had a focus on preparing people with disability for the NDIS.

2017

  • February.  Biggenden, Gayndah, Gin Gin, Mundubbera, Eidsvold
  • March. Emerald, Blackwater, Biloela, Monto, Murgon and Kingaroy

2016

  • May.  Dalby, Tara, Miles and Chinchilla.  (With QDN)
  • June.  Longreach, Muttaburra, Barcaldine, Blackall and Alpha.  (With QDN)
  • August.  Yeppoon, Gladstone, Biloela and Rockhampton

2015

  • June.  Mitchell, Charleville, Cunnamulla, St George, Surat
  • July.  Murgon, Kingaroy, Mundubbera, Yarraman and Nanango
  • August.  Monto, Biloela, Theodore, Taroom
  • September. Blackwater, Clermont and Emerald
  • October. Winton, Barcaldine and Longreach

These events and resources were funded as part of the NDIS Participant Readiness strategy by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.