The expansion of Wellways services continues, with a new grant to develop an LGBTIQ peer workforce for NDIS service provision, as well as two new suicide prevention programs in NSW and Victoria.

With community inclusion at the forefront of our work, the newly awarded grant for Wellways to develop, pilot and evaluate a new LGBTIQ peer workforce model will draw upon the organisation’s expertise in the areas of community inclusion and peer work and will expand its NDIS service provision.

The grant for ‘Out together – developing an LGBTIQ peer workforce for NDIS service provision’, will also support the broader development of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s LBGTIQ strategy.

Goals of the project include improving the capacity of NDIS providers to recruit, train and engage an LGBTIQ peer workforce and to provide NDIS participants, who identify as LGBTIQ, with more choice, including access to peer workers and their lived experience expertise. The project also includes the development of an LGBTIQ peer workforce toolkit.

Wellways will also be working closely with communities in New South Wales and Victoria, through local Primary Health Networks (PHN), to deliver new suicide prevention services to local communities.

In New South Wales, Wellways has been funded by Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (PHN) to deliver ‘The Way Back Support Service’. Wellways will be working closely with the Murrumbidgee PHN and beyondblue to establish the program across the region to support people at risk of suicide. 

In the Bass Coast, Victoria, another suicide prevention trial project will be run to develop community resources to decrease stigma and encourage help-seeking behaviour among community members.

These program developments follow the recent announcement of two major community inclusion grants awarded to Wellways by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), as reported in our June eNews. The ACT ‘Life in Community’ grant will link volunteers to people outside of the NDIS to assist them to access community activities of their choice. The ‘Building Belonging’ grant will provide community education and resources to create welcoming communities for people experiencing mental health issues.

With the recent grants and project announcements, Wellways is extending its service capacity to meet the growing needs of local communities as well as NDIS participants, and building important relationships with Primary Health Networks and the National Disability Insurance Agency.