Sector News — 20 August 2015

PEOPLE with disabilities, their carers and families will have the opportunity to find out how to get the most out of Ipswich services at the Fresh Futures Market next Wednesday.

This free event is an initiative of Ipswich City Council, Focal Extended Inc, the National Disability Coordination Officer Programme, Partnership Brokers, local special schools and Redbank Plains High School.

Since 2013 the market has continued to grow and has now relocated to the Ipswich Showgrounds to accommodate the increased interest from members of the public, schools and service providers.

Alex Tyson from Focal Extended Inc said attendees would have the opportunity to connect with more than 60 service providers to find out about the great resources that were available locally.

“This includes learning about employment, volunteering, education, leisure, post school, respite, carer, community and disability support options,” she said.

“It will be a one-stop shop for information on disability services, mental health and training in service and health industries.

“We want to have an alive, engaging and inclusive event for people of all ages.

“There are so many great services available in Ipswich, we just want to get the word out to people.”

Visitors can also enjoy a sausage sizzle, live entertainment by Redbank Plains High School Polynesian boys’ choir, world-renowned train rapper MC Mooks and other local performers.

Two workshops will be held on the day.

The “How to plan for a good life” workshop will be held from 9.30-10.30am by Community Resource Unit.

From 10.45am-12.15pm, Fiona Anderson from the NDIA will give an overview and update on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Kathy Rees will also discuss the roles of family and friends in supporting and advocating for self-direction and Maria McCaffrey will give insights into what a good life is, how this can be achieved and roles of family members to advocate for and support this.

The Fresh Futures Market will be held next Wednesday from 9am-1pm at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

Phone Alex on 3812 2014 or visit the Fresh Futures Facebook page for more information.

This article first appeared on ‘Queensland Times’ on 19 August 2015.

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