UnitingCare Community works together with you as an adult to keep on developing yourself and creating a better future for yourself. Therefore we will work in partnership with you in navigating your path to learning, seeking work and growing independence.
UnitingCare offers the following services for adults (age over 18):
We all want to live the best life we can. What that life looks like is different for everybody, and it can be a challenge to define exactly what shape you want the future to take. Our planning process helps simplify the task of identifying and understanding your long-term hopes and aspirations, and we work one-on-one with people to explore and determine their ideal future, and how to plan for it.
UnitingCare Community understands that life is changeable, so our process is flexible. For example, for a young child, their aspirations may change quickly as the child grows and develops, and for young adults and adults, building confidence in what is possible today as well as tomorrow is equally important.
There are a number of tools we use to help create your personal plan, including role-based planning, Making Action Plans (MAP), Planning Alternative Tomorrow’s with Hope (PATH) and Optimal Individual Service Design (OISD). As part of these programs, our role is to undertake ‘life tasting’ experiences so you can truly understand what is possible.
To assist with implementing your resulting personal plan, we identify the people, communities and resources required to help you achieve your desired future, including both paid and unpaid solutions.
Being part of the community in which you live can be enriching and rewarding. Actively engaging with the community helps build esteem, social connections and general wellbeing. We help people to find pathways towards inclusion in the mainstream community, and we help to find ways in which they can actively contribute. When appropriate, we can champion your participation and guide you through the process of connecting with community activities and initiatives.
Some of the approaches to inclusion we take include:
- Circles of Support
- Self help or user controlled groups
- Identifying or creating facebook pages that connect with and support community-led initiatives
- Building and maintaining roles and relationships within the community
- Supporting active memberships of people with disabilities in local organisations of interest.
Working and having a job has numerous benefits, including the possibility of an income and an improved sense of personal worth. When you identify having a job as one of your goals, we can provide services to facilitate and support you to prepare, seek, attain and maintain employment.
Whether your goals are to build a career or even start a micro business, we work closely with you to design independent pathways and to help you learn about workplace behaviours and expectations. Our solutions are many and varied, and may even include volunteering, which helps you learn and gain experience before entering paid employment. UnitingCare Community also works with the business community to develop a range of opportunities to employ or mentor individuals who are seeking to achieve their goals.
A person’s home can take many forms, be that the family home, a sole or shared residence, or an assigned property. Either way, UnitingCare Community believes that everyone deserves to have a place that they can call home. We offer a range of support and planning services designed to promote better living, and we can assist you with creating the kind of place that you want and deserve to live in.
Having friends in our lives is widely understood to be hugely beneficial. Friendships are thought to have a positive impact on people’s levels of happiness, their sense of self and direction and their ability and willingness to set and reach goals. Friendships teach respect for others and provide an understanding of cultural, sexual and religious diversity. UnitingCare Community fosters the development of friendships by gently introducing people with disability to groups such as sports teams and hobby groups.
Life is full of opportunities and experiences to enjoy. Joining activity groups can be fun, it can promote community participation, and it can help to build friendships based on common interests.
However, the biggest challenge can be how to find the activities and interests most suitable to you.
UnitingCare Community offers a broad variety of activities that cater to a wide range of ages and interests. These activities let people ‘taste’ an experience and, if they are found to be enjoyable by the individual, we work with them to ensure the experience can be enjoyed again. If you’re not sure what your interests might be, we’ll help you identify what might be most suitable. There are so many fun activities to choose from, such as playing a musical instrument, singing, painting, or riding bicycles – the list goes on and on.
UnitingCare Community offers community based breaks, school holiday programs, a travel agency and a tour operator. These services are provided on a fee for service basis, apart from community based breaks and school holiday programs that may attract some government subsidies.
Find out more about our Holiday services on https://uccommunity.org.au/holiday-and-recreational-services
Living independently and reducing the reliance on paid support is central to the hopes and dreams of many people living with disability. Our goal is to help you achieve the greatest level of independence as possible, and we do that by helping you build the confidence to develop the skills needed to live your life.
Based on your goals and aspirations, we support you to negotiate your living arrangements and provide practical skills development related to household management, relationship building and community engagement.
So whether it’s learning how to shop, pay the bills, cook, do the banking, cleaning, use public or other transport - even drive – we can show you how to take ownership for day-to-day household and personal responsibilities. We’ll also help you to understand what services are available and how they can be accessed or delivered to enable you to have your needs met.
As part of becoming independent, UnitingCare Community also offers self-management of the resources available to you and your family via Your Choice QLD: https://uccommunity.org.au/your-choice-qld
UnitingCare Community believes in you and your ability to live and work as independently as you can. For some people, their ideal future includes the desire to operate their own small business, and we’re always supportive of these dreams.
Turning your talents and gifts into a successful small business is highly rewarding, and there’s a number of ways we can assist. To begin with, we can support you to identify what you love to do and what you excel at. Then, we’ll work with you to establish what skills you may need to develop to turn your passion into a small business. Once you’re ready to go to market, we’ll support you to make sales opportunity connections in your local community, as well as support you to establish market stalls, packaging, leaflets, business cards and brochures.
The arts are a popular and wonderful opportunity for people to generate income, and we have seen great success in this area. Over the years, we have guided the talents of many people who have successfully turned their hobbies into profitable enterprises. Popular pursuits include jewellery, painting, carpentry, paper craft, embroidery and crochet.
Starting out with no more than a passion for jewellery design and a head for business, Monique Collins is today a successful business owner, speaker and inspiration to many. Monique’s beautiful jewellery is currently on sale by commission in a number of shops in her community, and in the past she has sold her wares at market stalls, special events, and even at the Bleeding Heart Social Enterprise group café. Her desire to help inspire others has seen her share her story at a Support Worker Conference and Symposium. On both occasions she showed the way to social enterprise opportunities and challenged perceptions of what a person is capable of and what they can achieve.
Small business gets a big boost
In the Brisbane North Region, the UnitingCare Community team has taken the role of supporting people to start their own businesses to a new level. By hiring a number of carefully selected businesses partners or mentors, they are now able to offer greater assistance to people wishing to create their own micro enterprise. Importantly, the business partners’ background, experience and expertise were matched with the aspiring business persons’ goals and interests. This meant they have been able to offer tailored expertise when assisting people to expand their skill base, make connections with retailers, develop advertising, cost materials, set pricing of items for sale and creating a social media presence.
The supports provided have created more than just financial gain, however. We have watched people blossom and their self worth and confidence grow. Today they identify themselves as artists, designers, craftsmen and entrepreneurs. Owning their own small business is a meaningful and rewarding experience for people and those who support them. It is an opportunity for contribution, connection with other like-minded people, working in respectful partnership and holding a valued social role. In the future, on line opportunities for small business via sites like Etsy and EBay will ensure that these enterprises continue to grow and flourish.