Disability Royal Commission - Peer Information Session 1
11:30 AM11:30

Disability Royal Commission - Peer Information Session 1

Voices for Central Coast Disability will be hosting its first Peer Support Information session on the upcoming Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Wednesday 25 September 11.30am to 1.30pm

Where: Connectability Training Room (Formerly CCDN), 4 Karalta Lane, Erina

(While Voiccd is using the room volunteered by a provider, no Connectabikity or former CCDN employee will be present respecting the nature of the session)

Information will include:
What the Royal Commission is about
What do the Terms of Reference mean

What are the different categories of Violence, Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation and how to define what has happened to you

Does the Commission apply to my experience?
How to make a initial submission
What to include in your submission
Different ways to make a submission (including Public and Private submissions and Community Forums)
How to request assistance from the Commission
Will I need to attend a hearing
What extra support can I receive during the process
What to expect from the Royal Commission including the process, time frames and outcomes

This session will have a strong peer support focus. As a result we ask that Service Providers, Paid Carers, Disability Sector Employees and Government Staff NOT attend this session. This session will be for People with a Disability, their Family and Immediate Carers only however participation is allowed and encouraged to anyone who identifies as having suffered, is suffering or has first hand knowledge of Disability Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (excluding paid employees).
(If a person is a Person with a Disability/Carer/Family and also employed in the sector they will be able to attend but we ask you divulge if you fall in this category)

We ask people attending to acknowledge the sensitive nature of what might be discussed and we ask all people to adhere to strict Privacy and Confidentiality rules to ensure the safety and health of those wishing to share their stories.

RSVP: Email - info@voiccd.org. Call - 0490926905. Facebook Event - https://www.facebook.com/events/412304322749047/?ti=as

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ChatAbility Panel - Disability Housing
11:30 AM11:30

ChatAbility Panel - Disability Housing

  • ConnectAbility Erina (previously known as CCDN) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Voices for Central Coast Disability is excited for this months ChatAbility education session this Thursday 29th August where we are hosting a panel on Disability Housing on the Central Coast.

Overview: Our speakers will explore some of the housing options available to People with a Disability living on the Central Coast and be there to answer questions and engage in a discussion about Disability Housing on the Central Coast.


*Karen Burke - from Aruma (formerly House with No Steps).

*Bronwyn Ringrose - Manager from Brighter Access.

*Adam Worthington - VOICCD Secretary - Housing Pathways NSW Client.

RSVP: by Wednesday 28 August by Email, Facebook or Phone to:

Email: info@voiccd.org 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/632984130520956/  

Phone: Adam Worthington 0490 926 905

This is a free event.

Tea, coffee and light snacks provided.

Please contact us for any Accessibility requests including Auslan, mobility, sensory or dietary needs.

Children are welcome to attend with a supervising adult.

ConnectAbility at Erina is a fully accessible venue with Accessible toilet. 

Limited Disabled Parking is available directly outside the building or next door at Harvey Norman (less than 100metres away).

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6:00 PM18:00

ChatAbility - Health and Mental Health

  • Mingara Recreation Club - Tasman Room 1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you had a bad experience in hospital?

Are you struggling to access supports for Mental Health?

Do you want to meet others going through similar circumstances?

Come and join us for a discussion on your experiences with Health in the District and let us know your experience about being treat with a Disability and Mental Health Conditions in the Health System.

Peer Support for those suffering from Health and Mental Health conditions

Information about complaints processes

Learn from others about accessing or navigating the NDIS or finding community supports

Light refreshments will be provided. Please let us know of any individual needs at info@voiccd.org

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Social Night
6:30 PM18:30

Social Night

Are you interested in Disability Rights?

Are you passionate about making sure the Voices of People with a Disability are heard?

Come on down to Ourimbah RSL on May 24th and join us for an informal sit down to meet and greet the Voiccd Team and enjoy a meal together.

Voices for Central Coast Disability is passionate about Disability Rights, Awareness, Inclusion and promoting Peer Support. We believe gathering together, meeting one another and sharing our experiences is vital in creating meaningful Peer Support and lifelong support and connection.

Come and join us for a stress free night to meet like-minded People wishing to grow and flourish an active vibrant Peer Support network on the Central Coast.

Soft drinks and snacks provided, Meals and alcohol at own cost. Please let us know of any individual requirements.

RSVP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/289157562005425/
or email at info@voiccd.org

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6:00 PM18:00

VOICCD 2019 Strategy Meeting


We are inviting any new or interested members to join us on May 1st after the Easter Break to meet the current team and have a strategy session about how VOICCD should move forward after our current round of grant funding ends.

We will be chatting about engaging with Providers, Projects, Fundraising and campaigns and events we would like to commit to for the rest of the year.

We are seeking any interested Advocates on the Coast to join us in this important discussion.

Remember this is YOUR Community and your group. We hope to see many new faces as we come forward with a vision for a truly representative, productive and vibrant Disability Support Organisation on the Coast.

All suggestions and ideas are welcome and no prior experience is necessary to join the group or the meeting.

Please email info@voiccd.org if you are interested or would like further details

Meeting location yet to be confirmed.

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Q&A with Local Area Co-Ordinators
11:00 AM11:00

Q&A with Local Area Co-Ordinators

Local Area Co-Ordinator Panel Q&A

LAC's play a vital role in helping our community to -
* access the NDIS
* create & implement their individual NDIS plan
* complete a plan review

The NDIS is a red-hot topic on the Central Coast, so we invited the Local NDIS Local Area Co-Ordinators from St Vincent De Paul along as our guest speakers for April ChatAbility.

We are lucky to have the St Vincent De Paul Regional Area Manager and Local Area Co-Ordinator Team Leaders joining us.

There will be a brief intro by the VOICCD Chair Steph who will be facilitating the discussion and then we'll jump into Q&A. If you'd like support to present your question or feedback to the LAC panel, please contact us by Monday 15th April and we'll help out.

This will be a chosen question format. All questions wishing to be asked MUST be submitted to us prior to the event to make sure it gets asked. We understand the NDIS is an emotional topic and to keep the discussion on track questions that have been pre-submitted will be given preference. The meeting facilitator will limit each person to no more than 5 minutes on each question asked. Questions are to be submitted via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/265486351000098/

or email by Monday 15th April to info@voiccd.org

Some questions we suggest and will be starting the group off with for example is:
What is the difference between an LAC and a Planner?
Why can’t I see a draft plan?
What is an LAC meant to do for me?
What do I need to bring with me to my meeting with an LAC?
What power does an LAC have to help me with my plan?

We will be meeting in a room across from the Erina Library. Keep an eye out for the VOICCD signs. Free lunch will be provided. Please contact us if you have any dietary or accessibility requirements.

The meeting room is in the Erina Library Meeting Room 1 & a short distance from the Bus Depot. The YELLOW Car Park is the closest to park at Erina Fair.

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