Time out is something we all need on a regular basis and the short term accommodation offered in Wodonga by SITE Disability Services is helping people who live with disability gain some new experiences whilst building independence skills.
The home in Vermont Street offers five bedrooms (with Smart TV’s) and two bathrooms, two living areas and an outdoor area. It is in walking distance to the plaza and sports grounds.
It is always staffed and has a sleepover room for the staff member staying overnight.
“It is a home away from home,” said general manager Kerrie Lynch.
“Short term accommodation (STA) is the new term for respite with the NDIS. Guests can book a stay with a group of their friends or join others that are booked in.”
As part of a stay guests have the opportunity to take part in local events and attend any regular activities they may have in their normal weekly program. “We try to make it a bit of a holiday environment. We have themed weekends.
“If there’s a festival or something on locally we can attend that, visit markets or go to sporting events or even go fishing. Transport is available and shopping, dinners or going to the movies can be arranged.
“It’s all about the individual’s interests and requirements. Some people stay for a few nights once a month, others for a weekend and some stay during the week so they can attend work or day programs.
SITE Disability Services has provided support to groups and individuals in the local area for more than 30 years. They are a community based not for profit, non-government, registered charity. They are a registered NDIS Provider and are accredited in both NSW and VIC.
They specialise in;
- Centre Based (day activities)
- Community Based (community activities)
- In home (support with cooking, shopping, cleaning etc)
- Short-Term Accommodation (five bedroom house in Vermont Street)
- Support Coordination for NDIS.
“We offer more than 40 activities within the centre-based supports in the Albury-Wodonga area. We also provide personalised, flexible activities for individuals.
“Community based activities are developed to increase independence and improve community relationships and engage with mainstream services/sports/groups/activities of choice.”
SITE also operate an Opportunity Shop which is located at 1/183 Wagga Road Lavington next to Smarts Bakery.
The Op Shop is another one of the activities we offer where participants can gain life skills and increase independence,” said Kerrie.