Making the most out of Informal Supports & is your plan working for you?

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BCD CEO, Heather Hollingworth

Informal Supports play a vital role in the day-to-day activities for people living with a disability. Be sure to understand the role of an Informal Support and how they can support you with your individual needs.

Informal support includes support a person receives from their parents, siblings, or other family members and friends.

Everyone needs a good support network to encourage us and help us when life gets tough. For a person living with disability, a support network may be especially important to assist them with daily activities. Having a wide and growing network of informal supports is key to keeping people feeling supported and safe.

BCD Support Coordination is your link to information, guidance and support to help you to better understand and utilise your NDIS funding package to its full capacity. Whether you just need a bit of help getting started with your NDIS package, or you need a continued service to manage your budget and the payment of services, BCD can support the life you want!

There are different types of informal supports, and can include emotional support, role models, physical assistance and other things that will help a person in natural ways to enjoy a richer life. An informal support could be a ride to an event, helping a person learn new skills or simply companionship and friendship.

If you are planning on getting funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), you must have a plan. You must meet with a person called a Planner from the National Disability Support Agency (NDIA) to work out a plan. Think about what you want to achieve, your goals and aspirations, what you need to have a good life.

Most plans are for 6 or 12 months, thereafter they should be considered again. If your life changes and you need more or less support your plan should change. You can contact your Planner and organise a meeting to change your plan accordingly.

Get in touch with BCD for a conversation to explore if you are really getting the most out of your plan and funding to live the life you want.

The link below has information about what informal supports are, types of informal supports, and how you can get informal supports in your life. Follow the link to access more resources:

https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/operational-guidelines/including-specific-types-supports-plans-operational-guideline

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