Supporting someone you love with a disability can have its tough days. It can feel really isolating. It can be hard to find time for yourself and you might feel as though you’re the only person in the world who can’t seem to find the time to join in a club or activity or just catch up with a friend.
At Extended Families our services aren’t just about being there for your loved one, we’re about being there for you too. With programs of support, choosing Extended Families is choosing the life you and your family deserve.
Perhaps it’s a simple as you and your partner having the opportunity to go and see a movie together or for you to have lunch with a friend. All the while knowing your loved one is building friendships and connections, enjoying their own independent time with a skilled volunteer or carer.
Our programs and services are available for children and young people with a disability and their families. Generally, we work with participants up to 17 years of age and those with an NDIS plan or individual support package for young adults up to 30 years of age. We also have specific programs that particularly focus on supporting carers and parents too.
Check out our programs and services to see how we can help.
How does ExtendABLE Online work?
We offer a weekly calendar of online groups run by our creative and engaging support workers, volunteers and staff. You can sign up for as many groups as you like provided there are spots available.
The more people who sign up, the more groups that will be on offer!
NDIS Support Coordination
Extended Families provides independent support coordination to help you manage your NDIS plan.
NDIS Plan Management
As a registered plan management provider, Extended Families can
manage the NDIS funding for supports on the participant’s behalf. Plan
Management is a financial intermediary service that manages the
financial and administrative aspects of an NDIS Plan.
LinC: Linking + Including + Connecting
Whether you need skills training to enable participation, support to overcome barriers to access mainstream services or assistance to access the community, LinC can provide it all.
Volunteer Match Program
Our Individual volunteers provide genuine friendship, practical assistance and mentoring support to a child or young person, helping them develop important life skills. They also help them take part in social activities such as a variety of sport, recreation and leisure events that are of interest to the child. Some volunteer matches also provide direct support for the family.
We currently offer My Time peer support groups in Springvale and Deer Park which supports developmental play experiences. These groups are facilitated by a Vietnamese speaking worker.
Friendship Group (Vietnamese)
Small to medium sized groups of children or young people with disabilities meet regularly, in a community venue and/or to access the community.
A weekend away for families held at a camp facility to enable positive connections, mutual support and fun experiences - a family holiday in a supported way.