Sailesh is building his online presence as a spiritual mentor with the help of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports.
The Virginia local is a spiritual teacher, meditation teacher and Hindu priest who is passionate about working within the digital space to share his skills in the community.
Using a support worker to help him create online content is enabling Sailesh to realise his dream.
“People in Brisbane seek me out for guiding their personal and spiritual concerns and I give many talks and have developed quite a social media following; I am trying to work out how I could channel this into earning a living,” Sailesh said.
“I realise that I need good social media skills to advertise my services and I am getting some training supports for this.
“I have a support worker who is just really nifty at that and she is showing me how to create content, and I have recently started learning more and getting help from a professional digital marketing specialist who has shown me the basics of how to build my online presence, which is different to creating content.”
Sailesh is also eager to learn more about how to run professional webinars and creating podcasts, after recently hosting his first free webinar.
“I would like to develop podcasts and webinars to share my skills in meditation teaching, Vedic counselling, and motivational guidance,” Sailesh said.
“I just ran my first webinar, for free, just as a test run and I had 56 people sign up for it and they were based all around the world.
“My next step is to turn the next webinar into a paid webinar and hopefully I can build from there.
“I would also like to learn how to create and record a podcast; I haven’t accessed any supports for this as yet but, I would like to do that in the future.
“I am really passionate about helping others and if I can help them in some way, while earning a living, it would be a dream come true.”
Sailesh was born in Fiji but at 20 years old was diagnosed with a giant cell tumour and given six months to live.
After traveling to India on a spiritual journey seeking healing, Sailesh settled in Australia where he had his left leg amputated.
For years, Sailesh received no supports for himself or his growing family, until he accessed the NDIS.
“I come from a family where we don’t look for help and we try to help ourselves as much as we can,” he said.
“However, with time and particularly with physical health challenges, I realised that the quality of my life could improve if I received some supports to bring my life up to the same level as others in the community.
“Being able to access the NDIS changed a lot of things for me.
“Currently I have a support worker who helps me with a lot of the physical challenges I have and he is also a qualified allied health assistant, so, he also helps me with health appointments and prosthesis appointments.”
Sailesh said his long-term goal is to become more independent.
“I walk on crutches and it has been my dream to walk (comfortably) on a prosthetic leg; now I am accessing prosthesis supports,” he said.
Sailesh 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.
Sailesh said the supports he has received from the NDIS have changed his life and his family’s lives.
“I feel I have more control and options. Rather than relying on others to always help me, I have a support worker,” he said.
“It has had a big impact on my family’s life; having access to help in the house and garden has changed things a lot, especially for my wife.
“I feel that overall these supports have helped me play my role as a husband and father better as I am less reliant on my family members to do things that I would normally be able to do.”
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Find out more about Sailesh’s story and his meditation teachings here https://www.ipuresoul.com.au/