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From little things, big things grow for Natanya

Sep 27 2019

What started as an idea to help raise money for the Mater Foundation – Mater Little Miracles has grown to a crafty endeavour for Natanya Lambert.

The Thornlands local has always been passionate about helping others, and in discussions with her support worker about how she could do more than just donate her money, they came up with the idea to make items and sell them to raise more money for the hospital.

“I wanted to do something to help the hospital, especially the little babies. So we started making candles, using my grandfather’s beeswax, and then I wanted to recycle old things.

“We started making papier-mache bowls and painting them, decorating pots and growing plants from seeds or cuttings, making homemade soap and face creams, jewellery boxes out of lolly tins, and pom poms on key rings,” Natanya said.

Natanya, who has Moebius syndrome, sells her products to family and friends in their garage that her parents made into a workshop.

Her first craft stall in December 2018 was a success, and after holding a second stall in May, Natanya raised $1,000 for the hospital.

“It makes me feel so good to know that I am helping the sick babies. I am learning so many new skills and doing things I never dreamed I would be able to do.”

Natanya gained access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in August 2018 and uses her funding to become more independent and involved in the community.

“I had many goals when I started with the NDIS. I wanted to become more independent and do more activities, things that would help me have a more fulfilling life. Now I am receiving support four days a week, I have been able to put my goals into action.”

Natanya’s self-described passion for “all things old” such as heritage buildings and history about the area she lives in, has seen her write a short photobook about the history and heritage of the Redlands.

“With support I go and visit the places and take photos, then research it further at home before producing the book. I am also writing a photobook on the history of Brisbane. This way I can communicate with other people about my passion, as I have limited verbal communication.”

Natanya received assistance to apply for and implement her NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Beenleigh region.

She said she is a lot happier since accessing the NDIS and is full of praise for her Local Area Coordinator.

“Kat at Carers Queensland has been very helpful, and I liked the way she just talked to me at our meetings, and took notice of what I said.”

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

If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options for support in your 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 Capalaba region at 8 Dollery Road, Capalaba or call 3565 8600.

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