FEATURED IN THE MEDIA
COFFS HARBOUR ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER
Featured 18th March 2020.At United Disability Care we are a dedicated and passionate team of experienced individuals who care about the lives and outcomes of the people we support. We enjoy working with our clients to help them achieve a lifestyle that is unique to them, providing supportive pathways to greater opportunities and experiences.
We want our clients to experience the world around them, realise their dreams and live a life of independence, health and happiness. United Disability Care specialise in providing support and care to people living with a disability.
Starting from humble beginnings in Northern NSW our organisation was founded in 1990, then opening an office in Coffs Harbour not long after. Originally called Accommodation Network then later ACCnet21, our mission was to provide housing solutions, perfect for people living with disability and seeking independence.
Since this time we have undergone a number of changes which has seen significant growth; from a small family run business, to a national non-for profit enterprise. In more recent times we changed our name to better reflect our current business model and in November 2018 United Disability Care Pty Ltd was born.
Today we offer a wide range of supports and deliver quality services to those living in the community.
NDIS provides people with a disability individualised support and the flexibility to manage their support services. We can offer complete services from Plan Management, Support Coordination and Qualified Disability Support Workers that come to your home to provide a range of care.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. We provide support to people with both high and complex needs, both in the community and in supported independent living (SIL) accommodation.
We can help with bridging the gap between moving out of hospital and into a SIL environment or SIL accommodation. We are able to create an accommodation environment (SIL) for people in the community, transitions that are individualised.
Like physical health, everyone is different and each person is impacted at different levels. Mental health provides challenges which can lead to difficulties in coping with everyday life. Supporting mental wellbeing allows those who need help to receive that support.
We are able to create an accommodation environment with Supported Independent Living (SIL) for people in the community that need assistance with transitions from as little as 1 week, 3 months or longer, it is support that is based on each individual’s needs. This can also apply to those that have been in a hospital environment that would like to go back to residential housing but still need the daily 1:1 support and/or active night support.
The houses are shared accommodation so all residents must be able to live with other people. Either 2 or 3 bedroom houses are sought to ensure affordability for residents. Each resident will still have their 1:1 support worker but live in the house with others.
Our Specialist Disability Services include:
Housing and Accommodation services
Coordination of Supports
Mental Health Services
Supported Daily Living
NDIS Plan Management
In-home Respite Care
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABILITY 2019 – UDC IN THE COMMUNITY
United Disability Care team with Hit 90.9 in Broadbeach, QLD meeting the community
A beautiful day in Broadbeach, Gold Coast on December 3rd 2019 for the International Day of People with Disability (#IDPWD). Our team was out meeting the community and raising awareness for IDPWD and offering a free coffee. Pictured left – our General Manager, CEO, Client Services Manager and Office Manager pictured here with our 90.9 Hit! radio staff. We set up the the tents, the games and then the coffee cart arrived to provide free coffees to the community as we had some friendly chats with some wonderful locals.
Our shout out from the radio below:
THE iFLY EXPERIENCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
We hosted an iFLY experience for the Gold Coast community
United Disability Care sponsored over 45 flyers with disability to experience indoor skydiving as it is an all abilities activity. Channel 7 News joined us at iFLY to do a story for the 6 pm news in November 2019.
The flyers had an amazing experience, it was truly heart-warming day. The stories of excitement and achievement from the flights are the reason why we support people living with disability to love their lives and live their dreams.
“While I consider it a privilege to do what I do, I love that I am in a position that I can take a moment to give back in some way and inspire people to do something that makes them love life” – Sylvia Capps CEO.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the day possible and to the amazing iFLY staff. Indoor Skydiving at iFLY is safe, easy to do and accessible for all abilities. The huge vertical wind tunnel simulates the feeling of jumping out of a plane and free-falling for 50 seconds. The iFLY staff supported the flyers to feel safe and supported.
RADIO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN
Our clients recorded radio adverts, scroll to listen below
We had five of our clients join us at the Radio station recording studio in the Gold Coast to tell everyone about their experiences with United Disability Care. They were all so very nervous and brave at the same time. They did such a great job and had a wonderful experience. Thank you to Triple M for hosting us and helping with the recording process. Thank you to the support workers and families for helping out. You can listen to the adverts below.
The adverts featured on 92.5 Goldie’s Triple M and Hit! 90.9 Gold Coast throughout November and December 2019. The positive response from the radio adverts was fantastic. The adverts were also featured on Hit 105.5 and Triple M 106.3 Coffs Coast through February and March 2020.
John said that being on the radio changed his life and he feels so much better about himself with being able to contribute. He gained a new outlook that started exercising and was very excited about going back again to introduce Christmas songs in December with Cameron.
Cameron’s advert (Pictured):
DRAMA GROUP PRODUCTION ONLINE NEWSPAPER
Time to Raise The Dead in Brunswick
Have you ever wondered what would happen to the Addams Family if they headed to the Byron Shire? Well now you have a chance to find out. Taking to the stage in Brunswick Heads for their final performance next Wednesday, the mixed ability Arcadia Plus Drama Group will be exploring the influence of the Rainbow Region on the strange world of the of Addams Family in their show Raise The Dead.
It involves fairies, magicians and some unexpected rock stars followed by a ‘whole lot of craziness’ said Rohin Knight from Byron Bay Care who has worked with the group since 2011.
The drama group has been run by local drama and dance teacher Brian Dale, who also runs the Bright Lights Performance School in Byron Bay, for the last six years.
‘Brian is great with the clients at picking out hidden talents and bringing the best out of everyone. He is really able to recognise their strengths,’ said Rohin.
The drama group brings people together from around the shire from a range of services who wouldn’t otherwise get opportunity to interact.
‘It’s a real melting pot but the biggest thing is it is a whole heap of fun. Workers get to let loose, have fun and help people get into their role and have a ball,’ he said with a laugh.
So get along to catch Raise The Dead next Wednesday July 31 at 11.30am at the Red Cross Hall in Brunswick Heads for a great laugh. It is a gold coin donation at the door.