Workshops to reap the benefits
Saturday, 13th March, 2021
By Emily McInerney
People living with disability and their carers have the opportunity to participate in free workshops to help utilise their funding.
The ‘SKILL’ workshops will coming to Broken Hill at the end of the month and continue until May.
The series of six free SKILL NDIS workshops are for people living with disability and their families, carers and supporters.
The workshops are being run by Life Upcycled’s Dr Jennifer Job.
“The idea behind these workshops are to help clients understand their rights and disability supports,” she said.
“It is trying to maximise their community involvement and to use their funding or apply for funding through the NDIS.
“There has been positive stories about the NDIS but also some negative ones.
“It is a big change in the industry but these workshops will help people to understand the basics and the benefits they are entitled too.”
Funding for the workshops was secured by Purple Orange.
“The rural community is often disadvantaged when it comes to accessing the NDIS and I wanted to include Broken Hill in the list of towns to visit.
“My partner is from Broken Hill, so I’ve lived there and understand it’s isolation.
“2020 changed our plans, but now I am able to bring it to town.”
Dr Job said the feedback she has received from the workshops have been positive but more people need to register to ensure it is a viable event.
“We’re struggling to get people to enrol, I’m not sure if they think it is just another information session or it’s from the NDIS.
“But it’s not, we’re completely independent, we work in the sector and have lived experience.
“I would encourage people to come along.”
The workshops will be held on March 24-25, April 28-29 and May 12-13 at Thyme on Argent. Morning tea and lunch will be provided and the workshops is free.
For more information and to register visit www.peerconnect.org.au/skill or for any questions please call Andrew Gibson at Purple Orange on 0413 854 863.
Andrew can also register people who might not have access to a computer.