You've received your NDIS plan, either for the first time or a plan review... and it lists that a Support Coordinator will help you achieve your goals.
You will find on your plan a section titled Capacity Building Supports, under which lists Support Coordination and how much funding is allocated in your plan.
I will look at your plan with you and determine how many hours of Support Coordination that funding translates to. We will sit down together and work out what and where you need help, it's going to be so different from person to person. I'm assuming your purpose for visiting this website is because of one of the below reasons:
1. Plan Review - you already have a NDIS plan, and perhaps have previously had a Support Coordinator or you feel that you need some help in making your plan work and it's a new element in your plan.
2. First time NDIS plan - you've spoken with the NDIS, they've developed a plan based on their understanding of your needs and you've established that a Support Coordinator is needed. You have received the plan and now you're looking for a Support Coordinator to work with.
3. Working towards establishing a plan with the NDIS. You want to ensure that you are receiving the supports and services needed and would like support from someone experienced in the system.
Please contact me if you are at any of these stages or you're just not sure. I'm really happy to help or just have a conversation with you, as it's crucial for you that you get this right.
I will help you formulate a case with relevant evidence to ensure you obtain an appropriate plan for your needs.
There are different levels of support coordination services that are available.
Case Study #1 :
Who: Sue is living on her own with not much family or community support, she has an NDIS plan because of her Psychosocial Disability but has never used it because she doesn't know where to start. Sue has used Support Providers before and things just haven't worked out. Sue's disability is one that you can't see and results in her often being misunderstood, "People get frustrated and fed up with me and usually just go away or don't listen".
Stage: NDIS Plan review
Case Study #2 :
Who: Stephen lives on his own in community housing, he hasn't lived in his house very long and needs a bit of help getting things sorted to meet his needs. He likes to see his Mum once a week; she can't get to him, but he can't work out how to get there.
He likes to go swimming to keep himself fit and flexible and now needs help getting to the pool as well as getting in and out of the pool. Stephen used to regularly go to the RSL and the Footy (Eagles supporter but what can you do!!) and has lost all of his social connections.
Stephen is fiercely independent which is so great but he does need some help right now with getting his life on track and getting involved in his new area.
Stage: NDIS New plan,
Case Study #3
Who: Jean has an intellectual disability which means that making some life decisions is pretty hard for her. Jean has great family and friends, she's a real social butterfly. Jean loves her Mum and Dad but she's in her thirties and doesn't want her parents getting involved in everything all of the time, they are still very much part of her "Support Squad" but she gets to be able to call the shots in her NDIS Plan. Support Coordination helped Jean work out her plan, get the support providers and services she needs and keep it all on track, and, into the bargain, helped her Mum and Dad getting back to being Mum and Dad.
Stage: NDIS Plan Review
Support connection helps people use their NDIS plan effectively. Support connection helps people:
Support Coordination focuses on supporting people to direct their lives, not just their services.
This involves working together to understand the funding, what to expect from services, and how people want this designed. It also involves tapping into local people and places, making connections.
Support Coordinators also coach people to be more independent and to build and maintain a network of formal and informal supports.
Specialist Support Coordination helps remove barriers, allowing someone to access appropriate supports.
Specialist Support coordinators can: