Services in the New England for people with a disability

HERE TO HELP: Disability support coordinator Kathy Miller says WorkforceXS carers assist clients with daily activities, such as personal care.
HERE TO HELP: Disability support coordinator Kathy Miller says WorkforceXS carers assist clients with daily activities, such as personal care.

UNDER the NDIS, funding is designed to give people with a disability flexibility, choice and independence.

WorkforceXS handles what could be difficult processes for families as well as matching disability support workers with clients, providing a one-on-one service.

"We ensure the disabled person, or their family, has the worker of their choice," disability support coordinator Kathy Miller said.

Carers from WorkforceXS assist clients with daily activities, such as personal care, social and life skills and more.

"My role is to assist with the recruitment of the right worker and to ensure the needs of our clients are met," Ms Miller said.

It's been a rewarding time for Ms Miller, who has been with the company for two-and-a-half years.

“The feedback that I receive is amazing and inspiring”, she said.

"I remember one client didn’t have the skills to order his own lunch.

"Our support worker taught the client life skills to the point where he could confidently order and pay for his lunch at Subway.

“It was gratifying to see this client's growing independence."

For more information, phone Ms Miller on 6762 6155 or 0408 728 906

A rise in demand for  support services led to Kirinari Community Services opening its second office for Northern NSW in Tamworth.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson officially opened the Bridge Street office and met with Kirinari customers and their families.

Lorraine Legge is the business development and relationship manager for northern NSW.

“We aim to give people with disability a greater choice and control,” Ms Legge said.

“With the NDIS roll out in Northern NSW we are seeing amazing opportunities happen for the people we support”

Kirinari delivers services to people with disabilities across country NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

It is a registered provider of the NDIS and has developed an NDIS pre-planning tool to assist those transitioning into the scheme.

For more information about Kirinari Community Services, phone 6765 6231 or visit 

Nicole’s hard work has landed her a new role at HealthShare Linen Services at Tamworth Hospital laundry.

Nicole, who has ADHD, has been with Challenge Disability Services Connexions program for eight years. The 26-year-old has spent her time wisely, gaining valuable skills and confidence to assist her to fulfill her goal of finding a job.

Connexions provides young adults such as Nicole with the opportunity to spend time with people their own age while participating in a range of skill-building and social activities. As part of her activities at Connexions, Nicole learns woodworking skills at The Shed.

Life skills such as cooking, shopping and gardening are all part of the Connexions program, as are computer and other job search skills. There’s plenty of social activities too, with participants able to join sporting teams, go bushwalking and art all on the agenda.

For more information on Challenge Disability Services Connexions program for 18 to 35 year-olds, call 1800 679 129.

Fiona’s Mini Bus Rentals has been innovative in diversifying to meet a wider range of community needs.

Founded by Fiona Hemmings more than 25 years ago, the business provides a vast array of personalised services.

“It’s the little extras that make the difference, such as early or late pickup, half-day hires, delivery and pick-up, iced water and cultural understanding,” Ms Hemmings said.

“The business also has wheelchair accessible vehicles available on a drive-yourself basis, which is a great optional alternative for some with higher needs.

“I have a wonderful team of men and women who are also dedicated and share my passion and enthusiasm for customer service.”

Fionas Minibuses has featured prominently in the local community.

BEST Employment is a not-for-profit company providing a range of community and employment services throughout the New England North West NSW, and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt of Southern Queensland.

The company has a strong commitment to alleviating disadvantage within rural and regional communities, through valuing people, leadership, integrity, creativity and high performance.