Disability Services

We are committed to helping you prepare for the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) coming to Gladstone January 2018.

Ask about our NDIS planning workshops designed to help you prepare!

Services Offered:eddie-f-1-2

Flexi Respite Program – Providing regular respite to people who have a disability from birth to 64 years of age, a fee applies to this service.

  • Providing regular respite to people who have a disability from birth to 64 years of age.
  • Flexi Respite provides eligible carers/families/individuals with regular respite hours. It also has provision for emergency respite hours for carers/families/individuals in urgent need.
  • All carers of people aged 0-64 with a disability outlined in the Disability Service Act are eligible to apply for respite care hours.  A priority wait-list does apply and is reviewed when regular hours become available or if the family unit situation changes.
  • Quarterly excursions are coordinated when funding is available.

Holiday Respite – Providing a respite program in the school holidays for young people aged from 8 to 18. It is run in a small group setting or out and about in the community.

YAHOO Social Support – For young adults accessing community recreation or social activities. A fee applies to this service.coreena-c

  • YAHOO is funded by Home and Community Care  social support monies. The program was set up to meet the needs of families who have a young adult who has left school and has minimal options for activities and programs during the day. It currently runs 4 days a week.
  • The aim of YAHOO is to give the young person experience in a variety of activities in a socially valued way, and at the same time identifying competencies of the young person that can be built on to develop a socially valued role for them in the community.  The program is run at a 2:1 ratio.

Individual Funding PackagesPeople in receipt of an individual funding package can approach GCLA to manage their funds and provide support to suit their own individual needs.

  • The individual/family choose GCLA as the service provider that they wish to administer their package.
  • It is the individuals/families themselves that point us in the direction that they wish to go.   For example, setting goals.
  • GCLA develops the individual/family service delivery in accordance with the Principles and Objectives of the Disability Services Act 2006.
  • A budget is drawn up in accordance with Disability Services Queensland.
  • GCLA determines the necessity for specific staff training (including Workplace Health and Safety and Duty of Care boundaries) and develops relevant individual procedures around the identified needs of the individual/family.
  • GCLA matches individual customers with trained support workers who can facilitate him/her to achieve their objectives. Matching will be based on the individual’s wishes and needs.
  • GCLA also provides individual support to develop independent living skills for young people leaving school.
  • Support hours are regularly reviewed with individuals/families.

Older Carers InitiativeThe OCI program reflects the Queensland Government’s commitment to assist non-government organisations to deliver critical services to people with a disability. Respite services play a critical role in keeping families together and strengthening the ability of the family to care for their family member with a disability.

The OCI program takes a strategic approach to the provision of respite which includes transition planning. This planning broaches the sometimes difficult and sensitive subject of what will happen when the older carer is unable to continue to care for the family member with a disability. It engages in discussing each person’s view on what they would like to happen when the situation arises; through this discussion a plan is created and the family will have the opportunity to take active steps to prepare for this transition.

Support for School Leavers (S4SL) – Customers are referred from Disability Services.

S4SL supports young adults to broaden their education and knowledge by learning independent living skills and to continue to have an active valued role in our community.

Activities include:

  • Getting to know our community
  • Learning and improving social skills – effectively and appropriately
  • Attending TAFE – contextualised literacy and numeracy, information technology
  • Health and fitness – sport and exercising
  • Budgeting, money handling skills
  • Cooking skills
  • Exploring the arts and culture
  • Interactive workbooks
  • Personal and emotional responsibilities
  • Friendships and relationships
  • Conversation skills
  • About work and at work information

Brokerage ServicesOther services may broker support from GCLA and likewise GCLA can broker support for people from other services. Some members of the community may choose to purchase the service out of their own personal funds.