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A world of opportunity for Hope

Mar 17 2020

Pimpama local Hope Page, is thriving with the support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); working hard in a new job and going on adventures in her community.

Hope, who has an intellectual disability, joined the NDIS in 2018, hoping to become more independent and explore her interests.

“The goals were for Hope to have a busy, good life. Before that, she didn’t have much to do. With the funding that we get now Hope has got a very good full life,” said Hope’s mother Mary.

“Hope goes with a short term accommodation group, and they do some really good things. She loves dancing, she loves music so she goes to concerts and theatre shows.”

With NDIS support, Hope now works two days a week in the canteen at a large scale wholesale retailer, serving the company’s 500 staff.

“It is great now Hope is working Tuesdays and Thursdays, five hours each time and is supported by a support worker. The carer helps Hope to do aspects of her work and sometimes Hope works independently.

“She has a whiteboard that says Hopes work, and she goes by that. She will do the mincing, the breadcrumbs, fills the drinks. She has also made two lovely friends at work.”

“The canteen is very busy. It’s a fast pace, but she works really well. Hope has been in the canteen since November; everybody loves her there. It’s a fantastic job.”

Hope says she is enjoying the challenges of her fast-paced new job.

“I serve customers. I ask people what they would like. They order hot chips, burgers, breakfast and lunch. I wipe and spray the tables, I mop the floors, and I empty the bins out,” she said.

Since receiving support from the NDIS, Mary said she had seen considerable improvement in Hope’s speech and her confidence.

“I have noticed a lot of change in her speech. With the job, she serves customers and is communicating with the staff also.

“Now she is in a group environment, she mixes with other people, which has built her confidence.”

Hope receives further support to attend the gym and regular physiotherapist appointments and is also learning to cook. She has regularly attended belly dancing, Zumba and the aquatic centre to work on her fitness.

In the coming weeks, Hope will embark on a three-day cruise around Brisbane with friends from her short term accommodation group.

“The NDIS is great for the funding for Hope to go out and do various things without me. Before the NDIS we had some support, but it was very minimal. It has been great for Hope, on weekends she is rarely home.

“I prefer for Hope to be able to meet and socialise with new people, which makes us both less frustrated and we are more relaxed with each other,” said Mary.

Hope has been supported on her NDIS journey by Emma, a Local Area Coordinator from Carers Queensland’s Ashmore office.

Carers Queensland is your NDIS LAC Partner in the Community for the Gold Coast.

Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for funding and to help you get started using your NDIS plan.

If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland staff can also help you identify and link to options for support in your local community.

To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, visit Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Gold Coast region, 207 Suite 10, Currumburra Road, Ashmore or call (07) 5671 7600

You can also contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or cq.enquiries@ndis.gov.au