What are your goals?
Choose my own support team
Make your own choices, shape your own life. When you choose Fairhaven for community or residential supports, you get to choose the support worker that best suits you.
Our diverse team of support workers are all highly skilled professionals who value and respect people’s abilities. We can partner you with someone who likes the things that you like, has a similar personality and interests and/or has skills in something that you might like to try doing.
School Leaver Employment Support (SLES)
SLES is an early intervention approach for Year 12 school leavers who live with disability. SLES funding may be available as part of an NDIS Plan for up to two years only. It is available to support the transition to post-school pathways
SLES can assist you through unpaid work experience, to overcome barriers, build confidence, and develop an understanding of a working lifestyle – valuable life skills that will help you become work ready.
The amount of support you receive will depend on your needs and goals. SLES supports in your NDIS Plan could include:
- work experience in open employment
- specific job skills training
- communication skills
- understanding employer expectations
- travel training capacity building.
As a SLES provider, we can help with your employment goals by offering work experience, skills and training at our supported employment work sites, Fairhaven CoPack and Fairhaven ReCreate.
If you are looking at post-school options and do not have SLES funding in your NDIS Plan, our support coordination team can help get you started.
Finding and Keeping a Job
‘Finding and Keeping a Job’ funding in your NDIS Plan provides you the support you need to help achieve your career goals. You are free to explore pathways through open employment or supported employment at any stage of your life.
With this funding in place, you can receive support to choose a career and be part of the workforce. Types of support you can access under this funding include:
- language and communication skills, such as preparing for an interview
- training in areas such as transport, time/financial management
- personal care such as dressing and healthy hygiene.
Fairhaven operates two Supported Employment Enterprises (SEE) with lots of opportunities for various types of supported employment.
When you first receive your NDIS Plan and budget it can be overwhelming to know where to begin.
Support Coordination can help you to put your NDIS Plan in to action; coordinating and implementing your supports, linking you with the best value providers, show you how to use the myplace online portal and more.
A good support coordinator will work closely with you to build your skills and confidence in providing this service until eventually you require little to no support coordination at all.
Funding for ‘Support Coordination’ must be requested at the time of planning, and may be included in your NDIS Plan where it is deemed reasonable and necessary.
If you are curious to learn more about working at one of our supported employment enterprises, come and do some work experience to see first-hand what it is really like.
You will get to choose which area you would like to work in and the type of work you would like to do. We encourage you to try out as many different areas and tasks as you like. Then you can be sure that this is the right environment for you.
Work experience is available to people with and without NDIS funding.
However, you will need to have NDIS funding in place before you begin work with us, this could be either Finding and Keeping a Job, or School Leaver Employment Support (SLES).
We can advise you how to get this funding in your plan. Talk to our Employment Relations team.
Prepare for NDIS planning
It’s never too early to get ready for your NDIS planning conversation.
Start making a list of your short-term goals and gather up any health care records. Also get a copy of your first Service Agreement that will show your outcomes from the last 12 months if you are already an NDIS participant.
If you have any goals that are different to the previous year, think carefully about what supports might be necessary to achieve your new goals. It’s a good idea to bring along any documents to validate this, such as service quotes.
Our team of support coordinators have a wealth of knowledge and experience in guiding Central Coast families through the planning process.
Read more about designing your NDIS Plan for a brighter future here.
If your goal is to be more independent and confident when getting around from A to B, funding for Travel Training can help you achieve this. This can include travelling between home, work, shopping, the city and other places, as well as visits with friends or family.
Funding for Travel Training support can provide:
- advice on how to plan your trips so you are more relaxed
- learning to understand bus, train or ferry timetables
- a companion when travelling to help you gain confidence.
Travel Training can provide you the preparation and practice you need to increase your independence when accessing the community.
Meal planning and cooking
Learn how to prepare a meal with little or no assistance, or try out a new recipe. Cook for yourself, friends or family.
We provide support around meal planning and cooking with consideration to your budget, tastes and dietary requirements. Meal planning support can include:
- deciding the type of meals you would like to cook
- working out what ingredients you may already have, or will need to buy
- making a shopping list
- working out how much food costs, budgeting, learning ways to find the best value when shopping
- a shopping trip to buy food
- safety and hygiene when preparing food and using equipment
- cooking techniques
- doing the dishes and clearing away after a meal.
We can help you develop routines around planning, shopping and preparing food.
Get involved with group activities
If you are keen to get involved but not sure where to start, try one of our group activities. We regularly meet up around different places on the Central Coast, including parks, bush walks, the bowling alley, movies, laser tag, shopping trips and lunch at the local club, as well as bus trips to Hunter Valley or travel to Sydney.
Our Point Clare site has a Community Hub which offers a range of indoor activities five days a week. Try tai chi, fun boxing, craft, games, drama, drumming, dancing or slow-calling bingo.
Take a look at the latest activities here.
Improve basic literacy and numeracy
Feel your independence and confidence grow when you improve your basic reading, writing and number skills! Learn about basic maths, words, shapes and counting. Get assistance to:
- read maps
- manage your budget
- write letters
- keep a journal
- read the paper.
We provide basic literacy and numeracy activities which can be offered one-on-one or as part of a small, friendly group with other people who want support with the same things.
With so many digital devices around it is easy to think that people can get by if they have not learned to tell the time on a clock with hands. But clocks are still very much in use in lots of places. Being able to read the time on a clock face is a great skill to have.
It is never too late even as an adult to learn how to tell the time. We can help you achieve this with individual support or as part of a group.
Read Adam’s story to see how learning this basic skill can greatly improve your confidence.
Access to pastoral care
Our Pastoral Care person can assist with support for your well-being. Counselling can be face-to-face or by phone for issues such as:
- personal and family concerns
- mediation to resolve family issues
- assistance with NDIS planning
- stress and anxiety
- grief and bereavement
- support for carers.
Pastoral care support is available for free to all current Fairhaven clients and their immediate families.
Live independently in your own home
Whether you need someone to just drop in once a week for a few hours or something more frequent, we can tailor a plan to support you with daily tasks in your own home. Types of tasks might be:
- meal planning and preparation
- support with travel training
- personal care and grooming
- planning a routine
- managing health care appointments and medication
- entertaining friends and family.
Funding for these supports these might come under the following categories in your NDIS Plan:
- assistance with daily life at home, in the community, in education and at work
- improved daily living skills
- improved living arrangements
- supported independent living.
Live independently in a Fairhaven residence
Finding your own place to live can be fun and rewarding, and take some getting used to. If your goal is to live independently, we can help you get settled in one of our shared living homes.
With a shared living lifestyle, you can design the perfect blend of independence and personalised support. We have three supported accommodation sites; Kincumber, Booker Bay and Ettalong.
You can choose drop in support or something more hands-on. Our support staff are available 24 hours a day to accommodate your lifestyle needs.
Take a look at the current accommodation vacancies, or express interest in our vacancy waiting list.
What are your goals?
- Choose my own support team
- School Leaver Employment Support
- Finding and Keeping a Job
- Support Coordination
- Work experience
- Prepare for NDIS planning
- Travel training
- Do more social things
- Meal planning and cooking
- Get involved with group activities
- Improve basic literacy and numeracy
- Telling time
- Access to pastoral care
- Live independently in my own home
- Live independently in a Fairhaven residence