Stephen Gage enjoys riding his bike or going ten pin bowling as he accesses supports to stay active, thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Redland Bay local is getting out and about into the community since accessing the NDIS in December last year – and his family couldn’t be happier.
Stephen’s brother-in-law, Ray Allinson, said a support worker assists Stephen to access the community once a week to enable him to travel further away from his home, to go bowling or travel on the ferry, and even to ride his bike.
“Stephen’s support worker has now borrowed a push bike because Stephen loves to ride bikes and he can now go riding also.
“His life has improved since accessing the NDIS and he is very happy; we are happy to see how much he has improved and how independent he is becoming,” Ray said.
Stephen also receives support to visit the library and go shopping every fortnight, and recently attended a local Broncos rugby league game.
“He is always thinking of different places to go, things he wants to do and see.”
Stephen’s goal is to receive training to do volunteer work as he hopes to one day volunteer his time at an animal shelter.
Stephen received assistance to apply for and implement his funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
Ray said their experience with their Local Area Coordinator, Michelle, has been fantastic and helpful.
“Michelle has been very supportive, explained a lot to us and gave us a lot of assistance, while also pointing us in the right direction for Stevie’s NDIS needs,” he said.
Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for funding and to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org