Nathan Coyne is improving his community connections with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support.
The 30-year-old Morningside local is utilising support workers to regularly visit a community garden, explore his artistic side and develop his fitness.
Nathan has schizophrenia, so for mum Elisabeth, it was important to have access to support workers that understood not only Nathan’s passions, but also his mental health.
“One support worker takes him to community gardens as Nathan has always loved gardening, so it was a point to engage with social behaviour,” she said.
“Another support worker we employed has an understanding of mental health and another support worker is an expert in art.
“Nathan attends group activities with other NDIS participants and does cooking, goes to the gardens to pick food and make food, to art galleries and this weekend to the Moscow Circus.
“JJ is a support worker who comes four days a week and they do exercise together (such as a) walk with the dogs. Other days they go to the gym or exercises at home, as he continues his focus on exercise and building a routine.”
Nathan’s confidence is also allowing him to work three days a week at an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) as well as re-enrolling at university.
His love of art has seen Nathan enrol in two art classes, including a photography class at Art from the Margins for a term.
Nathan received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
Elisabeth said having access to dedicated support for Nathan has made a huge difference to Nathan and their family’s lives.
“I can go to work and know he has a support worker coming to visit to take him out or just do something with him in the garden,” she said.
“He has been able to do things that we would not have had time for, which gives him something to look forward to; to have access to different people he has to talk to, to build his social skills.
“With the NDIS it was the first time that the family was recognised as part of the journey; it is more about what we as a team was setting up, as opposed to just being about Nathan.”
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