St Anthony’s Disability Services supports children with disabilities and their families to connect with their communities and enjoy rich and rewarding lives. Children have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of recreational activities and experiences with a particular focus on developing skills for independence and inclusion in the community. Some of the areas in which we work with the children to develop skills include building and maintaining friendships, independent use of public transport and participation in work experience programs.
St Anthony’s person centred approach ensures services are designed by and for the family and that the programs are truly flexible. Services can be on a one to one or group basis and can be provided in home, in the community or in our purpose built respite centre. Staff are available to work 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
St Anthony’s Disability Support Workers are drawn from in and around our local community and a broad range of ages, skills, interests and cultures are reflected in our workforce. Workers are carefully screened and trained and maintain a high professional standard at all times. Our Disability Coordination Team in the office go to great lengths to ensure that workers are carefully matched with families so that services are a positive experience for all involved.
While the children are taking part in St Anthony’s varied activities, parents and siblings have the opportunity to take a well-deserved break from their caring role to attend to their own tasks or interests. Services can be accessed via government funding, such as flexible respite packages, or on a fee for service basis.