Capacity Building Supports assist you in building your skills & independence. As the name suggests, Capacity building supports are designed to build upon your capacity to lead an independent life and participate in the community. Learn more about Capacity building supports & find out how quality service providers can help you in growing your independence & confidence.

Shinning light on NDIS capacity building supports

Capacity building supports have been designed & developed to help the participants build skills & independence in their everyday life and help them per sue their goals.

The capacity building supports are always in addition to the core supports and fully ensure that you are capable of performing all your daily living tasks. Taking nutrition as an example, the core support might be having the daily meals prepared & also delivered to you; however, the capacity-building support is equipping you with all the requisite skills and education for preparing nutritionally balanced meals on your own.

The NDIS, first of all, assess all your precise needs, all your short-term and long-term goals at the time of the planning meeting to assist you in identifying which of the capacity building supports might be required to be funded.

There are overall nine categories of Capacity building supports. However, you won’t be automatically receiving funding for all these. Instead of that, funding for these categories will be decided based on your NDIS plan goals. For instance, if one of your goals is to be much more active in the community, then capacity building support in learning skills will be rendered to you for managing your behavior. Or you will also receive a support worker for attending social activities until the point you become fully confident and equipped with the skills for attending social activities on your own.

There are overall nine categories of Capacity building supports. The goals outlined in your NDIS plan will determine which of the categories you will receive funding for. Since every individual is unique with distinct capabilities & goals, it is extremely crucial to note that not every person will receive the same funding. Thus it is likely that individual won’t be receiving funding for all the below mentioned nine categories.

Unlike the core supports budget, the capacity building support budget can’t be moved from one category to another one. The nine categories have been designated for the funding purposes for ensuring that NDIS distributes the funds appropriately for assisting individuals where they require it the most.

Subcategories of capacity building supports

Subcategories of capacity building supports are listed below:

  1. Supports Coordination
  2. Assistance with daily living
  3. Assistance with social & community participationv
  4. Improved living arrangements
  5. Assistance with finding & keeping the job
  6. Improved relationships
  7. Improved health & overall well being
  8. Improved life choices
  9. Improved life- long learning

A. Supports coordination

  • Assistance in finding support service providers
  • Help in developing all skills that assist you in understanding what you need to look for in a provider and what all you want from your NDIS service providers.
  • Assistance in maintaining relationships with support providers & support workers & overcoming issues that might arise with your support providers
  • Learning the ways to book your support services and keeping track of it.
  • Developing all skills that assist you in finding out whether you are receiving good quality support service or not
  • Learning ways to make a complaint in case you are unsatisfied and unhappy with the supports
  • Plan partners providing supports coordination

B. Improved Living Arrangements

  • Improving your living arrangement by learning ways to find your own accommodation
  • Support worker who will view rental accommodation with you & also educate you on what all to look for in your home
  • Assistance in helping you to understand the rental agreements/ tenancy contracts
  • Appropriate advice on all the questions that you are required to ask your real estate agents and homeowners
  • Helping you in transiting to a more independent living

C. Assistance with social & community participation

  • Assistance in joining local sports club
  • Helping to attend social events in community
  • Helping you to build up your social skills
  • Assisting you in connecting to others in community
  • Assistance in finding & attending social/ support groups
  • Assistance in finding & attending gym, other fitness clubs or classes

D. Assistance with finding & keeping job

  • Assistance in learning the ways to write your resume, cover letter for applying to the jobs
  • Role-playing & also practicing interview sessions
  • Support workers for attending interviews with you
  • Equipping with basic computer knowledge or administrative skills for helping you out in getting a job

E. Improved relationships

  • Visiting psychologists for helping you to understand own & other people’s emotions
  • Helping you out the ways to learn social cues & also body language
  • Learning tactics for managing your own behaviors
  • Equipping you with social skills for enabling you to enjoy conversation and your time with others better

F. Improved health & overall well being

  • Learning skills to prepare your own healthy meals
  • Finding out what all physical activities you want & also need for maintaining your overall wellness
  • Visiting nutritionist for learning about food, diet or getting assistance with your personalized meal plan
  • Assistance in gaining a personal trainer for helping you to achieve fitness & improving your strength & mobility

G. Improved daily living

  • Includes assessments, therapies/ or training by professionals like physiotherapists, occupational therapists, or registered nurses to improve physical therapies that help you become much more independent and skilled for performing daily living tasks.
  • Assistance in strengthening life skills for achieving your goals through an individualized support program

H. Improved life choices

  • Strengthening your capability to manage supports on your own
  • Developing financial & organizational skills for managing your funds
  • Involves Plan management that provides support for managing your NDIS funds
  • Building skills for self-managing your own NDIS plan
  • Improving abilities to direct your supports

I. Improved life -long learning

  • Training, advising & assisting you to move from school to further higher education in university or TAFE
  • Funds, advice & also assistance with applications
  • Support through orientation
  • Learning study skills
  • Gaining all kinds of support that assist you in attending lectures or your classes
  • Participating in study groups or contributing to the group assignments

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