These are the resources from the third and final session of the My Home, My Way workshop. On this page you'll find a recording of the workshop session and the resources mentioned during the workshop.
Thank you for attending session three of the My Home, My Way workshop. It was a fantastic final session, and we hope you got a lot from it.
If you have any questions about the workshop series, please contact Gayle firstname.lastname@example.org
The topics covered in this session include:
- Support options
- Individualised Living Options (ILO)
- Overcoming fears
- Renewing and safeguarding
Gayle Herbert’s presentation about Individualised Living Options is embedded in the replay and also available to watch as a standalone video below the replay.
Please note that the replay has been edited to remove breaks and participant conversation at the end of the workshop.
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Resources mentioned in the workshop
Support Options – Creative Use of Informal Supports – Jac’s Place
Jacob Hughes has made the move to live independently. This short film celebrates his life, the plan to give him the opportunity to have his own place, and the team of people who worked together to make it a reality.
Video running time: 10 minutes
Housemates – Sean Fisher’s Story
In November 2020, we invited Lisa Bridle to speak to our Imagining Home Peer Group about her son Sean’s homeshare arrangement. It was a fabulous session filled with many great ideas, insights, and practical tips.
Video running time: 1 hour, 4 minutes
- The job ad for the homeshare opportunity (PDF, 468 KB)
- A sample Homesharing Mentor Memorandum of Agreement (PDF, 694 KB)
You might also like to download a copy of the notes that were distributed after this Peer Group session as they provide some additional detail about Sean’s homeshare arrangement.
Listen to Mel and Mary as they explain what Homeshare means and the benefits they’ve each experienced.
Video playing time: 6 minutes
The Shouted Goodbye – By Jeremy Ward
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Cameron Skinner lived with his parents Maggie and Greg but always knew he wanted his own home. With the support of his folks, his friends, and some brilliant housemates, he is now thriving in his own home.
Please note that we only played a section of this video during the workshop. The full version is below.
Video playing time: 8 minutes
Support Options – Paid Supports
The House Sitter
How Cameron practised living away from the family home in a creative way.
Video playing time: 5 minutes
Occasional Time Away
Gus has also had some opportunities to practise living away from the family home and being a housemate.
- He received some funding in his NDIS plan. It was Daily Activities STA and Assistance (including respite) funding 1:3 for weekdays and Saturdays. We also used flexible core funding.
- The Mentor from HireUp was paid according to the HireUp formula for hourly support, overtime, evenings, and sleepovers
- The Mentor that we directly employ was paid according to the SCHADS Industry Award covering ordinary hours, overtime, evenings, and sleepovers.
- Mentor meals were covered as part of the arrangement.
Using Funding Creatively
- Download this tip sheet about Individualised Living Options (ILO) – Using Funding Creatively (PDF, 148 KB)
The presentation by Gayle Herbert, our Individualised Living Options (ILO) Coordinator, is embedded as part of the workshop recording.
Video playing time: 8 minutes
We broke into small groups and brainstormed some of the previously identified fears, barriers, and resistances.
Fear: Finding the right neighbourhood
Resistance: to moving from the family home
Fear: Eating well and resisting food-based temptations
Fear: not being able to tell the time
Barrier: the high cost of buying a house
Fear: How to keep the person safe if they leave the house without letting anyone know
Barrier: Finding the time to do the planning and research
Settling Into My Own Home
- Download this tip sheet about Settling into Your Own Home (PDF, 8 MB)
Renewing and Safeguarding
Circles of Support
For more information about Circles of Support, visit the following websites:
- Imagine More – https://imaginemore.org.au/resources/circles-of-support/
- Community Living Project – https://communitylivingproject.org.au/category/circles/
- National Resource Centre for Circles of Support and Microboards – http://cosam.org.au/
- Legal Services in the ACT – https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/legal/legal-services/act
ILO Mentors and Workshops/Webinars
- ACT – Imagine More – email@example.com
- VIC & TAS – Belonging Matters – ILOMentor@belongingmatters.org
- NSW – Resourcing Inclusive Communities – firstname.lastname@example.org
- QLD – Community Resource Unit – email@example.com
- SA – JFA Purple Orange – firstname.lastname@example.org
- WA & NT – Valued Lives – email@example.com
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