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Great Community Participation Activities to Help Achieve your NDIS Goals

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Having a carer around is always an enjoyable experience! You are able to have someone close to you that’s looking to help you achieve your NDIS goals, whatever they may be. For example, one of your goals could be to get involved in more social activities which could be through spending more time with family and friends. Another goal might be developing a new skill or hobby. Whatever you want to achieve, reaching your NDIS goals should be fun, engaging and challenging.

OSAN has thought of a range of fun community participation activities you can do with your carer, that can help you achieve your goals for 2022!

What’s an NDIS Goal?

An NDIS goal is the desired thing you want to achieve within your NDIS plan. It could be anything from gaining more confidence, getting a job or volunteering in the community. Goal setting is a big topic but the main question you should be asking yourself is – what are the key milestones you would like to achieve that will help you become more independent day-to-day? We recommend taking some time with your Support Coordinator to spend time going through the types of activities you love (and don’t love doing). These are great activities to do during your next community participation outing!

What’s Community Participation?

Community participation is a funded support category that will be typically found in your NDIS plan. It involves a range of fun and engaging activities that will help you develop new skills and get involved in the community. These activities can be done with your Carer, Support Worker or family member. It’s about helping you develop your independence and skills by being involved in your local community. This could be through social activities, sport and recreation, or creative pursuits. It’s a great way to make new friends, develop new hobbies and most importantly, have fun! The benefits of community participation are endless.

Become More Active and Improve my Fitness and Mobilisation

A common goal is to become more active or improve your fitness. Your NDIS plan might have funding for certain classes, programs or equipment such as a gym membership or a personal trainer.

You can be active in many ways and the best thing about it is that you can do most of these activities with your Carer!  Engaging in physical activity not only helps improve your overall health and wellbeing, but it can also help reduce stress levels and promote a positive outlook on life. Activities such as swimming, cycling, walking and yoga are all great exercises to improve your fitness and mobility. You can try one-on-one sports such as tennis, table tennis or even lawn bowling for something more low impact. Why not challenge your carer to a game of badminton? Participating in sports is also a great way to develop your skills in socialisation and communication with your fellow participants.

Building a New Skill or Hobby

There’s a range of fun hobbies you can pursue that will also help achieve your NDIS goals. 

Some of our favourite community participation activities include:

Painting is a great way to develop your skills in creativity while exercising your fine motor skills.

Pottery is an excellent way to be creative and learn about different cultures. It can also improve your hand-eye coordination.

Crafting such as jewellery making, quilting and crocheting will help improve your dexterity and attention to detail while making memories you can look back on for years to come.

These are just a few examples, there’s plenty more out there to try! Developing a new skill or hobby is a great way to spend your time, meet new people and learn something new. 

Developing my Socialisation Skills

Simply heading out for an outing with your friends is a great way to develop your skills in socialisation. Being comfortable in social situations are key for any NDIS participants that are looking to enter the workforce. There’s a range of fun activities you can do with your friends such as:

-going to the movies.

-eating out at a cafe or restaurant.

-taking a walk in the park or botanic gardens.

-visiting the zoo.

-going to the aquarium.

-taking a day trip to a nearby town or city.

These are just some examples, the list is endless! The important thing to remember is that it’s about enjoying the experience of being involved in your community.

Try Community Participation with OSAN

If you’re looking to achieve your NDIS goals by developing a range of new skills, get in touch with OSAN and ask about our community participation activities. We have a range of amazing carers that will help you reach your NDIS goals while engaging in fun and challenging activities. Give us a call on 1300 799 941 to find out more!

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