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Lithgow

UnitingCare Lithgow offers a range of programs for adults with a disability. These programs include:

 

Post School Options (PSO)

The Post School Options Program is designed for those people with a disability who received approval for a PSO funding package from Department of Family and Community Services Aging Disability and Homecare between 1994 and 1999. The emphasis of this program is on community based life skills and leisure activities to promote the independence and integration of adults with a disability into the community.

 

Community Participation Programs (CPP)

The Community Participation Program is for adults who have a disability who currently receive, or are approved to receive, a Community Participation funding package from the Department of Family and Community Services Aging Disability and Homecare. The Community Participation Program offered by UnitingCare Lithgow aims to maintain and develop life skills and increase independence of adults with a disability upon leaving school. It encourages the person to continue learning and participate in meaningful leisure, recreational, social and cultural activities. It encourages them to participate and be included in the local community by having an active and valuable role. It also aims to expand friendships and support networks and support making the transition from school to adult life. The program can be Self –Managed or Self-Directed with a combination of group and one on one staffing.  A daily access fee applies for this service. Some additional expenses may be involved with some outings eg Lunch. A full description of the packages are available by contacting UnitingCare Lithgow.

 

Leisure Link (LL)

Leisure Link is a program designed to provide respite for persons with a disability who have a carer aged 18 – 65 years.  The emphasis of this program is on community based recreation and leisure activities with community integration and participation skills a priority. The service runs in Lithgow two days a week, with the exception of public holidays. A daily access fee applies for this service. Some additional expenses may be involved with some outings eg Lunch, programs, movies etc.

 

Transition to Work (TTW)

The Transition to Work Program is a two year program designed to assist school leavers with a disability to gain work related skills to assist them in finding ongoing employment. Placements in the program are reserved for people who have been approved by the Department of Family and Community Services Aging Disability and Homecare for Transition to Work Program Funding. The program offers-

  • Work Experience Placements
  • Tailored personal programs
  • Group activities and life skills
  • Personalised on the job training and assistance
  • Assistance to undertake further educational studies

 

Community Access and Day Programs (CADP)

The UnitingCare Community Access and Day Program is designed to assist those people with a disability who do not already receive assistance through any other post school program (CPP, TTW or PSO). The program offers a wide range of activities including day and evening activities, community access and living skills. The service aims to promote the independence and integration of adults with a disability into the community. The service runs in Lithgow from Monday to Friday (with the exception of Public Holidays) and a daily access fee applies for this service. Some additional expenses may be involved with some outings.

 

Life Choices and Active Aging

The Life Choices and Active Aging Programs are funded by ADHC to provide contemporary day programs to support adults with a disability based on a person centred approach. They offer options for service users to enhance their quality of life through meaningful activities include participation in community life. They program also aims for participants to have greater flexibility in terms of individual goals, need, values, life stage, health, interests and priorities. Those persons with a Life Choices or Active Aging package are provided with 18 hours of support per week with an emphasis of self-directed planning to customise the program to meet the goals and expectations of the participant.

 

What does it cost?

A contribution towards the cost of services is discussed with all service users however,  no one will be refused service due to financial hardship.

The programs provided by UnitingCare Lithgow are funded through Aging, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) and Home and Community Care (HACC) for more information about how you or someone you care for can receive funding, please contact the offices of Uniting Care on (02) 6351 4887, visit the agency websites or call the Met North ADHC Intake Line on 1300 668 241