Disability Action Week Community BBQ

More than 30 people came together at Napranum PCYC on Wednesday this week for a free BBQ, to mark Queensland Disability Action week, to learn more about Disability Supports and to get involved in their community.

Disability Action Week is held annually and raises awareness of how Queenslanders can play their own role in creating an all-abilities Queensland. It also aims to empower people with disability, raise awareness of disability issues, and improve access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

The BBQ successfully allowed those from the Napranum community interested in Disability Supports to meet the faces of our growing service offering in the region, other support service providers, people from Napranum Aged and Disability Services and other like-minded people.

Hosted by My Pathway Disability Supports staff, the event was also attended by Xtreme Care (the local National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support coordinators), The National Disability Insurance Agency, who provide funding for participants of the NDIS and Weipa Community Care, who provide wrap-around services beneficial to our participants and support workers.

It was also a fantastic opportunity for our new Disability Supports Team Leader Melissa Solomon to cement her place in the program. Melissa is familiar to many in the region, having previously worked in employment services locally, but returns to our organisation in her new role to oversee the implementation of Disability Supports in Mapoon, Napranum and Weipa. For those who did not know her, the BBQ was an opportunity to meet her, the rapidly expanding team and to learn more about our new model of Disability Supports.

“While I am relatively new to the Disability Supports program, I have been in the Western Cape region for seven years,” Melissa said. “This community means so much to me and I am delighted to be involved in a program that provides so much back to it. Not only in support, but also employment and connection.”

Our model is designed to meet the need for culturally appropriate and quality disability support services in some of our nation’s most isolated and remote communities, utilising community relationships and connections to support participants and workers by building sustainable career pathways.

“It was really good to see some of our participants get out of the house and interacting with their community” Melissa said after the event.

“Everybody who attended seemed to have a really good time, Lots of smiling faces and a real caring community vibe.”

My Pathway Disability Supports thanks PCYC Napranum for providing the venue, Weipa Woolworths for BBQ supplies and fruit and all who came together to support their community on the day.