I am a diversity and inclusion specialist, running a small team of disability support workers around Adelaide. Currently we work from Elizabeth to Happy Valley.
We are a small family business, and almost all of us have personal experience of disability or caring for loved ones with disabilities. We always set up a team of at least two support workers so we can still provide support with familiar people even when staff are unwell or having time off. We base our work on principles from:
- Trauma Informed Care
- Relationship led support
- Peer based services
- Values based decision making
- The Social model of disability
- The Dignity of Risk framework
- The Recovery model of mental health service provision
- Continuous improvement model
We are experienced working with folks who are neurodivergent, queer, have mental health difficulties, trauma histories, and sometimes complicated situations such as homelessness. We are very flexible about how supports are provided, work to build safety and rapport, and generally start slow with small hours and build up supports over time. We work with all ages and also families with more than member with a disability.
We don’t work with people who are agency managed, need 24/7 care, or need us to implement restrictive practices. We are not registered and are too small to guarantee we can fill every shift all the time, so people with life threatening care needs are better served by larger companies. We’re very happy to be part of a bigger team or work alongside independents. We don’t offer non relationship based support, such as cleaning services when no one is home.
Ask to see a service agreement for more information on how we work, our costs and what to expect.
The sorts of things we can do:
- Getting out into the community, access to groups, hobbies, events, camps, gym, sports, walking, etc
- Domestic support, keep the home or garden running well
- Meal support, fresh meals, batch cooking, meal planning, shopping, skill development
- Admin support, keeping track of the diary, getting to appointments, following up on tasks, managing mail, organising paperwork
- Medical support, attending appointments, following up tests, communicating with health professionals, support with meds
- Personal support, assistance managing continence, self care, hygiene, etc
- Supporting parents and carers with their tasks
- Emotional support, mentoring, people you feel comfortable with
- Study support, assistance in keeping on track with school or studies, getting homework done, liaising with institutions
- Making time for hobbies, arts, crafts, games, gardening, pets, fishing, bikes etc.
Meet some of the Team
We are a diverse group with a range of skills and disabilities. We’re all friendly and approachable. None of us will turn up and just hang out on our phone. We engage and get to know you.
Cherrie is a creative soul with a passion for queer and neurodivergent inclusion. They are studying social work part time and have many years experience in community services and advocacy. They are highly skilled and experienced and particularly love supporting people in creative ways. Cherrie works with all ages. Cherrie’s disabilities mean they don’t generally work early mornings or shifts longer than 5 hours.
Lachlan comes from a retail background and really enjoys working as a peer and helping people to improve quality of life. He loves dogs and has just taken on his third.
Penny has a background in business and admin so she’s fabulous with Personal Assistant style support. She also helps with homework, meal prep, and arts and crafts. She loves to do scrapbooking and card making. Penny works with teenagers and adults. Her disabilities mean she can’t access homes with more than two flights of stairs, and she doesn’t offer cleaning or gardening support.
Cristie-Lee is skilled at supporting people who are feeling overwhelmed or don’t know where to start. She is friendly and competent She’s done a bachelor of psychology part time and is about to start her master’s in counseling. Her responsibilities as a Mum and carer mean she rarely works evenings.
Examples of our work
Spent many months building trust with a person who struggles with severe paranoia and couldn’t initially let anyone into their home. Our team now cooks, cleans, manages medications and helps them attend local events.
Provided daily text based mental health checks ins for a person with vulnerable mental health who finds visits and phone calls stressful during tough times. Maintained first aid kit to address self harm and provided non judgemental access to emergency health care when needed.
Worked with a professional organiser to help someone with floor to ceiling hoarding regain use of their home and set up a regular process of sorting and decluttering with their team to manage the issue long term.