Denis is a young man who has a university degree in Accounting. He struggles with anxiety and lacks confidence which has made it extremely difficult for him to become independent and to find a job.
His Anglicare Support Coordinator linked Denis with an employment agency who now supports him. In one of his meetings with his Support Coordinator, Denis expressed that he would like to learn how to drive; so his Support Coordinator contacted the NDIS and ascertained that if Denis gets an OT assessment from a specialised OT who recommends he needs driving lessons under the NDIS he can access those from his NDIS funding.
Denis had done all of his hours for his learner’s driving licence already but due to anxiety lacked the confidence to do the test. Being able to drive will open up many opportunities for him in relation to work and also makes him more independent from his parents who often help out with transporting him.
The Support Coordinator then contacted an NDIS approved driving school and an OT. After meeting with the OT, a report was sent to the NDIS so they can release the funding. He was very excited about this!
Denis wanted to try a community sports group to help him build relationships in the community. Anglicare staff went online and searched for indoor Volleyball groups. Denis chose a group and completed the registration process by himself, paid upfront and soon started the season. This was a massive achievement for Denis.
His Anglicare Support Worker supports him with skill-building and travels to the venue with him. The worker also works with him on independent living skills.
After being assessed by an Anglicare Social Worker a therapeutic plan was put in place to identify areas where he is still struggling e.g. assertiveness, independent living skills etc. Denis now has a therapy assistant from the Anglicare team who continues to work with him on this plan for a few months.