Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced funding for the Armidale disability service provider Care for Children with Disability today to help the service get NDIS-ready. Seated are Vicki Logan, left, Vicki’s daughter Evie Logan-Clarke, standing Care for Children with Disability Manager Rob Richardson and Adam Marshall.
Thursday, 21 July 2016
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today announced almost $67,000 in funding to help two Armidale disability service providers get ready for the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the region.
Mr Marshall met with Care for Children with Disability service staff today in Armidale to make the announcement and discuss their plans to transition into the new scheme.
“The NDIS is a once-in-a-generation reform and to ensure the transition to the NDIS in regional NSW goes smoothly, the State Government is investing even more to help disability service providers get NDIS-ready,” Mr Marshall said.
“I’m very pleased that six disability service providers in the Northern Tablelands have in over $200,000 under the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to help them prepare for the future.
“The TAP will ensure providers are ready for the change and help them plan for the future and will also support the growth of a vibrant and diverse disability services sector in our region.”
Care for Children with Disability Manager Rob Richardson said he was absolutely delighted that they had been successful with their Transitional Assistance Program funding application.
“We are what is described as a micro organisation, specialising in providing person-centred in-home and out of home respite care,” Mr Richardson said.
“Being small, we have the advantage of being able to react relatively quickly to client’s requests for respite care. However, we don’t have the economies of scale or the resources of the larger organisations, which is an issue for us as we transition into the NDIS, so this funding couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Among other things, we plan to develop an organisational web-site, something we have long wanted, and we also would like to source appropriate staff and management committee training around NDIS requirements.
“Another area which we need to develop is a marketing strategy to encourage people with a disability (or their families), be they children or adults, to consider using our organisation to provide their respite care.
“I would like to sincerely thank the state government for this funding. This will be of great help for us as we move into the world of the NDIS.”
Armidale’s PEDAL Early Intervention Service has received $31,800.