THE ELOUERA CENTRE
Community Participation Services
Transition to Work
Emrollments for Community Participation Program
Participation Program is for school leavers with a disability for whom work
is not an option at that time. In your final year at school or the
year you turn 18, the school will inform the Department or the Association
of Independent Schools that you require assessing for post school programs.
In our case at the Elouera Special School this occurs
around March April and assessments are carried out by the Association of
Independent Schools staff who spend time at the school meeting with you, your
family and teaching staff.
Around September you will recieve a letter informing
you of the outcome and if you qualify for Community Participation and at what
level. You may also be told you qualify for another program such as
transition to work. Funding is based on needs and you may be granted
funding at one of four levels, this is detailed in the letter you recieve.
You then shhould look for the service that best
meets your needs and in doing this consider things like who has a real
centre vs a shared facility, do they have staff who have worked with people
with a disability for longer periods and do they have transport to acctually
access the community.
Once you have found your service provider fill in the form provided by ADHC with
your offer letter and have the outlet sign their section and submit it for you.
While similar to
the Community Participation Program in nature, this program is aimed at an older
group who for what ever reason are in need of a program and they are currently
not placed or recieving any supports.
Places in this program are limited with only a handful released each year.
To apply you need to meet with the Elouera Association Chief Executive Officer
Allan Young and he will assist you in preparing an application form and budget
and submitting this to ADHC.
Once funding is approved (this can take some time ) then an individual program
is designed to meet your needs.
Transition to Work
Like the Community Participation Program this program is assessed in the last
year of school when you turn 18. It is infact the same assessment however
you may be assessed as someone that work may be achievable with some additional
supports. This is a three day per
week program that has the aim to assist the individual gain the skills and
confidence to enter the work force.
Like with the Community Participation Program once you recieve your letter form
ADHC in September you need to shop around and find a program that will meet your
needs. We suggest organisations that have and employment arm are by far
the best for this program as they can provide job sampling and work experience
in a supported environment more easily.
Activities can include work experience at one of our businesses or other
workplaces, training, worksite visits and some community access activities.
If work is not achieved in two years the individual will be rolled over into a
Community Participation program. If TTW is offered but it is felt this is not
the right program, we can assist with an appeal.
Once you are registered to attend our services we
will assist you to apply for a Mobility Allowance from Centrelink.
This will provide you funds to offset the bus fees we charge for transport.
We will never charge you more than what you recieve in this allowance and in
most cases our fee is less.
We have a daily bus in Temora and Cootamundra and vehicles from Young and
Harden to Cootamundra.
The Elouera Centre has
two mini buses of its own to allow them to easily access the
community and travel around the region. Staff pick up and drop off those
accessing the service to and from their front door.
While Elouera does not receive funding for transport, it is recognised that
in this region without it, many people would not be able to receive much
The Elouera Centre
76 Wallendoon Street
COOTAMUNDRA NSW AUSTRALIA