For people with disabilities we offer day services:
- in facility based community group programs or
- individually based programs.
We work hard to ensure our extensive range of programs are designed to meet the individual learning, employment, leisure and therapeutic plans of our clients’
Merriwa’s Day Services generally operate programs during normal business hours five days a week. Sometimes we also offer activities after hours and on weekends.
Our programs include:
- Independent living skills
- Skills development programs
- Computers for beginners
- Art and craft sessions
- Horticulture programs
- On selected evening and weekends we support people so that they can go along to the local Country and Western dances; games nights and other popular activities.
To access our Day Services programs individuals must be aged 16 years or over and eligible for funding under the State Government of Victoria’s “Futures for Young Adults” or “Day Services” or “Support and Choice” program. Or people can choose to purchase our services privately.
Please contact us for further eligibility advice. Applicants may also be asked to participate in an interview and a formal intake procedure to ensure our Day Services are best matched to the application
Holiday Support Service
Merriwa offers a range of supported holidays, including:
- Group holidays. Our clients have enjoyed trips along the Murray River taking in the sights of Echuca and Yarrawonga, holidays to picturesque Phillip Island, visits to the Bright Autumn Festival and various interstate tourist destinations in New South Wales.
- Individual, customized holidays for people to attend, for example special occasions such as a wedding or an interstate family reunion.
Holidays are open to any person with a disability. Planning is around the person. We generally work on a staffing ratio based on support needs. The ratios are:
- Low support needs: 5– 1 ratio
- Medium support needs: 3-1 ratio
- High Support needs: 1-1 ratio
Contact us if you have any questions or would like to arrange a Supported Holiday.
Individualised Funding Packages
Support And Choice
Support and Choice is a program designed to help people realise their dreams, desires and aspirations. It is funded by Department of Human Services. A Support and Choice planner works with people and significant others to identify what supports are needed to assist with this plan. Once the plan is developed then agencies/services best able to provide the support are engaged. This funding is recurrent and plans are reviewed yearly.
People who receive services under The Disability Services Act are eligible to apply.
All applications are made to the Department of Human Services via the Service Needs Register. A case manager, service provider or client services intake worker will assist with applications.
Home First is a state government initiative to provide the supports people need to assist them to live in their own home for as long as possible. The things Home First can cover are:
- Purchase of equipment needed i.e. hoists, alarm systems
- Provide support staff for skills development
- Attendant care
- Transport / assistance to access medical appointments
- Support to access the community
In the planning stages clients and carers will be given the names of several appropriate agencies and the client/carer have the last decision on who they wish to be their service provider. There is also an annual review where you have the opportunity to change service providers and the hours needed.
People who are eligible for funding under the Disability Services Act and are registered with the Department of Human Services are eligible to apply.
Applications and referrals are made via the Services Needs Register which is managed by the Department of Human Services. A case manager, client services intake worker or service provider will fill out applications and refer it to the appropriate person.