The Lifelong Planning Community Support Initiative supports people with a disability (aged 0-65 years), their families and carers to access universal and disability specific supports and activities within their local community. This includes support to people with a disability or developmental delay who may not have obtained a diagnosis.
The Lifelong Planning Community Support Initiative commits to the beliefs:
- Supports and services should not take over from the natural networks existing in the lives of people with a disability; and
- People with disabilities and/or their families are best placed to determine their own needs.
Open Minds delivers the Initiative in two regions – the Redlands and South Brisbane.
The role of the Community Support Coordinator in each region is to optimise the individual’s development and ability to participate in family and community life. The role is to complement and strengthen, not replace, the support provided by families, parents and the natural networks existing within the community.
The Community Support Coordinator does this through three streams of service:
- Providing information and resources to community members regarding the universal, secondary and tertiary services available
- Providing short, time-limited support to access services and coordinate referrals. In some cases this may involve the development of a Person Centred Plan.
- Community building activities with universal, secondary and tertiary services and supports and within the general community. This includes facilitating workshops, attending network meetings and taking part in local community activities
For enquiries, please phone Open Minds on (07) 3900 3456.