Services - Planning
What is Community Access Planner?
- Community access planner works with disability specific and generic based community services across all regions.
- Works with the community to further develop recreation services for individuals with disabilities.
- We are committed to increase opportunities for participation in leisure activities accessible to people with disabilities.
Community Access Planner works with the community based planning service to assist individuals to participate in their chosen community, recreation, vocational or skill based activities to encourage personal growth. Community Access Planning is the service provided by a Community Access Planner to an individual to:
- Assess and review the support needed to enable a individual to participate in community based leisure or recreational activities.
- Help Link individuals into mainstream or supported community based leisure or recreational activities.
- Maintain and enhance peer support networks, and facilitate sharing of funded support services.
- Monitor individual participation in community activities to ensure programs continue to appropriately address individual needs
We can assist you to participate in your chosen recreation activity
Tom would like to participate in activities and leisure pursuits outside of his home environment. He currently engages in a number of in home activities, but does not access the community very often. Tom's family have found it difficult to take him out for walks in the local area as the surfaces and uneven an steep, but would like to be able to go for walks as they did when Tom was still in hospital.
Tom has attended a ten pin bowling group, but did not enjoy it.
Tom would like to be linked into activities which relate to his cultural and employment background, i.e. Persian, film, theatre, photography, etc.
Tom has previously worked as a house painter and has expressed an interest in
How we've helped Tom* get involved in his preferred activities
- Contact local councils to access lists of wheelchair accessible parks, shops, etc.
- Prepare a directory of such places for Tom and his family. Research Persian Societies in the area and establish list of possible groups, activities, etc.
- Contact and visit these groups to ensure they are wheelchair accessible, etc. Organise for Tom to trial these groups/activities.
- Contact local councils and arts societies to determine the possibilities in the area. Provide Tom with a list of possible activities to establish his interest. Ensure the venues, activities, etc are wheelchair accessible and organise for Tom to trial some activities.
- Provide Tom with yearly programs of theatre, film, etc performances. Investigate possible venues for Tom to paint.
- Research other artistic mediums that Tom might be interested in becoming involved in.
- Organise for Tom to trial some of these activities.
N.B. Tom's name has been changed to protect his identity
Who can use the Community Access planner?
- Futures for Young Adults and school leavers
- Support and choice packages for Non-compensable individuals receiving funding from the Department of Human Services
- Individuals receiving compensable funding e.g. TAC, Workcover
- There is no age limit to those applying.
Benefits of this service
- Metropolitan wide Community Access Planners
- connecting people with people as a community
- Personal planning approach
- Help individuals pursue their recreational, vocational interests and passions.
- Extensive networking contacts within the disability and generic sector
- Occupied with staff with years of experience in planning for people with a disability.
- Facilitated by staff with recreation and community development qualifications.
- Expertise in working with people who have Acquired Brain Injury
- Funding is utilised in consultation with the funding body.