Disability

Skill Dojo

Skill Dojo is a life skills program for NSW NDIS participants who have either social, psychosocial or intellectual disabilities, specialising in youth.

The mentoring sessions are run by Life Skills Coaches (Skill Gurus) who work with the participants online via video call to develop their communication, health, household, economic and digital skills.

Support is provided to help NDIS participants achieve their goals, contribute to their community and improve their quality of life. The program is having great success with current participants so we wanted to introduce it to you as it could be beneficial to someone you know or work with.

Contact: Blake McGee, Skill Master, 0402 420 804.



Disability

Kiama Disability Inclusion Action Plan Consultation

Kiama Council residents living with disability, along with their support workers and carers, are encouraged to make their voice heard on Council’s services, programs and amenities.

Council will be holding community consultations via a survey and focus groups, to develop a local Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) in alignment with the requirements of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014). 

The new DIAP will cover the period from July 2022 to June 2026.

Our DIAP will provide long-term planning and strategic thinking to help improve access and inclusion across all aspects of our area’s programs, services and infrastructure.

Information about our current DIAP, including Annual Reports on achievements, is available here.

DIAP community consultation sessions

As part of the development of Kiama Council’s next Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), we are inviting residents, workers and students to provide feedback and comment on the accessibility of the Kiama Council area through community consultation sessions.

Tell us your ideas and have your say on a key strategy, helping to make our area more accessible for everyone.

We have scheduled four community consultation sessions. Registration is essential.

To register, please click on the date for the session you wish to attend below and fill out your details. 

  • Thu 16 Jun (10am–12noon): Joyce Wheatley Community Centre, Kiama
  • Fri 17 Jun (10am–12noon): Via zoom, register for link
  • Wed 22 Jun (5.30pm–7.30pm): Via zoom, register for link

DIAP online survey

You can also have your say on the DIAP via our online survey. The survey takes less than 20 minutes and we’re offering a $100 gift voucher for one lucky survey respondent (to be chosen via a draw) as encouragement to complete the whole survey.

The survey seeks to identify the effectiveness of our current access and inclusion practices, potential areas for improvement and opportunities for new services for people with disability.

Take the survey


Disability

Invitation to join Community Voice Network

My name is Jess Eggins, I am the Project Officer for the disability sector in the Community and Industry Engagement team from the NSW government.

I work in the Better Regulation Division (BRD) where we work across the regulatory bodies – including NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW. Our focus is to reduce community harms for the consumer, and in the workplace.

I am writing to invite you to be part of the Community Voice network (CV-net). The aim is to reduce community harms, particularly those that are prominent in our most vulnerable communities, including people from multicultural backgrounds, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.

This is beneficial so BRD can hear of the issues occurring from the community directly and we would also like to offer to be the local issues or escalation point to connect with the regulators if needed.

Through the CV-net we want to work with you to identify existing and emerging harms and develop workable solutions. Together we will broaden the reach of BRD harm minimisation programs and campaigns to educate and protect communities. The network will improve pathways for community feedback, and participation in the regulatory process.  

Network membership for community groups and intermediaries is offered at two levels: 

  • Informed Members are kept informed with news and information from across the three regulators that may be relevant for their communities or sector.  

 Members are encouraged to take part in polls, surveys, submissions etc, and to inform BRD of any risks or harms emerging in their sector.

  • Involved Members take a more active role, including contributing to the  development of content and the delivery of harm minimisation initiatives 

 To take part in this initiative please refer to the Terms of Reference and Fact Sheet attached.

The sign up process takes about 5 minutes of your time, there is no cost involved and you can find the membership form here.

We are planning our next disability sector meeting to be held 26 May 2022 and will be featuring guest speakers from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and regarding Fair Trading’s, talkin’ together resources for working with people with disability.

Please feel free to share the information within your network and other organisations you think would find the Community Voice Network beneficial especially organisations working with our multicultural communities, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.   

I look forward to discussing with you further to explore how we can work together in partnership with CV-net.

I can be contacted on (02) 9566 8665, return email or at jessica.eggins@customerservice.nsw.gov.au