Focused Supports opens at Nella Farm, Wellard

Focused Supports education and transition manager Glenn Bird.
Focused Supports education and transition manager Glenn Bird.

THE manager of a new disability service provider in Wellard is hoping to help those struggling to get their heads around the NDIS by hosting an informative open day on Tuesday, November 27.

Focused Supports operates throughout Perth and will be establishing a service at a five-acre property in Wellard that will be known as ‘Nella Farm’.

The group helps those with disabilities through a range of services such as daily living, employment and independence, and offer workshops such as cooking and dance.

Education and transition manager Glenn Bird said many participants were struggling to get the correct information about the NDIS.

“Western Australia is the last state to implement the Federal Government’s NDIS,” he said.

“While we have been involved in pilot programs, these were limited in scope and region, so only 17 per cent of those who are eligible for the system are being supported by the Federal system. But this cautious approach allows the other states to find issues and fix them prior to full implementation here.

“I certainly understand that for families, carers and participants, it is an anxious time.

“We are one of many groups that can help people with this transition.”

He hoped the new service would alleviate accommodation issues many with disabilities faced.

“For some time, accommodation, both long-term and short-term, has been in limited supply for those who need extra help with day to day living,” he said.

“It will be a persistent problem given that nearly 1500 more people in WA now qualify for long-term or special disability accommodation.

“As a small group, Nella Farm is a way to align with our goal to help people live a gradually more independent life. At the farm house, members can access invaluable facilities.”