Pride Disability Services Pty Ltd is a registered NDIS service provider. The NDIS stands for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and is a new initiative that allows people with disabilities to access the support and services that they need.
The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind if they, their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability.
The prices for all of Pride DS’s services and supports adhere to the latest NDIS TTP (Temporary Transformation Payment) Price Guide.
Pride Vic employs a number of dedicated social mentors that can help you access the community and engage in social and recreational activities. Many of these workers are also members of the LGBTQI+ community and will share your interests and understand your social needs.
Our philosophy here at Pride DS is simple; we endeavour to pair every participant with a mentor who identifies in a similar way so that you end up with someone who shares in and understands your unique journey as well as give you all the support you would normally need as a person living with disability.
Our social mentors come equipped to help you out around the house, assist you with grocery shopping, offer you advice on how to manage your bills and finances, see you to all your appointments as well as assist you in accessing any part of the community that you so desire, whether it’s a sports club, the cinema, an art gallery or a trip down to your local café . You may wish to utilize your worker in all of these ways or none of them; the way you use your Outreach time is up to you! Our social mentors are there to help you maintain your independence and make all of your own choices.
Members of the LGBTQI+ community as well as individuals living with disability often experience social isolation and have difficulty making friends and maintaining meaningful relationships.
The hardest part is of course the introductions, which is where Pride Disability Services steps in to help. We run a number of exciting social events throughout the year to help our participants meet like-minded individuals and connect with the greater LGBTQI+ community.
Whether its hitting up Drag Bingo, going on a road trip to Mornington, having a game of bowling, throwing a picnic or BBQ in the park or simply going on a good old fashioned night out, we are always striving to keep out participants connected and experiencing all the joys life has to offer.
Pride DS provides a holistic approach to Support Coordination to individuals who have neurological, physical and intellectual disabilities as well as those with mental illness and the aged.
Support Coordination is a respectful, systematic process of gathering information toward the organisation of services on behalf of an individual.
Pride DS provides continual supports to the individual, guiding them in making decisions, maximising their potential, raising their awareness of their local community and encouraging them to try new activities and build positive networks with the ultimate aim to:
Decrease social isolation
Address gender, sexuality and identity
Promote a positive outlook on life
Enable greater independence and self confidence
Promote self advocacy
Decrease involvement in the justice system
Promote sexuality and/or gender diversity
Develop wider community connections
Specialist Support Cooridnation
Pride DS also offers Specialist Support Coordination for individuals in a situation with high and/or complex needs (also referred to as Level 3 Coordination Of Supports).
An experienced practitioner will help you manage the many challenges within your support environment which may include hardships in areas of health, education or navigation of the justice system.
Our specialist support coordination program helps reduce the barriers you might be facing when implementing your NDIS plan and pays special attention to the specific adversity faced by members of the LGBTQI+ community.
Psychosocial Recovery Coach
A new initiative from the NDIS. One may choose to have a Psychosocial Recovery Coach instead of a Support Coordinator (many will indeed need both). We recommend electing this option if your mental health is preventing you from being able to live a purposeful and meaningful life.
LBGTQI+ individuals are often faced with mental health challenges very early on in their lives. Pride DS understands this as we have faced many of the same challenges ourselves!
By pairing you with someone with a similar shared experience to yourself we can help you navigate your support services with your mental health specifically in mind and get you back on the path to living a richer and more fulfilling life.
Become A Worker
We are always on the lookout for the next member of the Pride DS family!
Pride DS operates in the Melbourne Metro / Greater Melbourne area. We are current looking for workers in the Eastern and South Eastern suburbs.
If you are an individual with experience in Outreach and/or Disability services with a commitment to LGBTQIA+ and Gender Diversity values and philosophy we'd love to hear from you!
Policies & Procedures
Pride Disability Services is a community based organisation embracing gender diversity and equality for people with disabilities from all communities, breaking down social and isolation barriers, regardless of sexual orientation.
As such we adhere to the following Policies and Inclusive Practices: