Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Making the most of your funding

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Start: Wed 06 Mar, 2024 18:00 End: Wed 10 Apr, 2024 20:30

Location: Hybrid event: Attend in person at WOTSO Dickson, 490 Northbourne Avenue or online


This is a six-part interactive workshop series for families focusing on building a good life for a person with disability.

You’ll explore a framework to help your family member with disability enjoy a typical, age-appropriate experience of all the good things in life. Your family member’s interests, strengths, hopes and dreams will provide the vision and establish their goals.

By the end of the series, you’ll know

  • what types of supports your family member could use to achieve their goals. They don’t all have to be sourced from NDIS Providers!
  • how to make their NDIS funding dollars go further by choosing non-traditional options.

During this series of six fortnightly sessions, we will cover topics such as:

  • The importance of having a vision with high expectations
  • The power of positive introductions
  • Valued roles – getting them and keeping them
  • Reimagining funding
  • Establishing good supports
  • Creating opportunities for (freely given) relationships

You’ll meet mentor families who will share their own stories. And you’ll see how simple choices can reveal ordinary yet significant ways for your family member to be truly involved in their local community.


This is a hands-on workshop. We’ll be meeting six times in Canberra.

  • We’ll provide some frameworks for reimagining funding
  • You’ll make your own decisions about how you’ll use the funding.

We don’t presume to know what’s best for your family member with disability. Your family member’s goals and preferences are unique to them and must be discovered by those who support them.

We won’t be recommending services, therapists, or organisations by name. Neither will we recommend programs involving segregation or the congregation of people with a disability. This includes ADEs, group homes, traditional respite care, and day programs. Instead, you will leave with ideas on how to engage in freely given relationships, seek out support based on your family member’s interests, and imagine a typical life path for your family member to discover.


The six workshops will be held weekly in Canberra and online on a Wednesday evening commencing 6 March 2024.

Session dates and times

Six weekly sessions, from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Wednesday

March 6, 2024
March 13, 2024
March 20, 2024
March 27, 2024
April 3, 2024
April 10, 2024


This workshop series is free to attend, thanks to funding provided by the Department of Social Services.

Registration Process

This workshop series is intensive, hands-on, and interactive. Limited places are available. You’ll need to commit time and energy to achieve a good outcome. Our approach needs to be a good fit for you and your family member.

Pressing the “register” button will take you to an Expression of Interest form. Please complete the form. Be aware that this step is not a confirmation of registration.

A member of our team will contact you to set up a meeting. It’s an opportunity for you to learn more about the workshop, your commitment, and the outcomes. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions. It’s then up to you to decide if you want to join the workshop.

After this meeting, if you’d like to proceed, let us know, and we’ll finalise your registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne:

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