Having a disability could mean limited access to the essential services and programs you need to have fun, meet new people, and achieve independence, social and economic participation.
But thanks to the NDIS, people with disabilities can make a real difference in their lives.
By providing funding for a range of activities, the NDIS aims to empower participants to achieve their goals and live their best possible lives, regardless of their disability. Whether it’s improving your physical health, boosting your mental well-being, or simply having fun, NDIS Funded Activities are an essential part of making the most out of your funding.
Let’s explore right away how you can take advantage of these NDIS funded activities.
Social and recreational activities funded by the NDIS
Social isolation is a common problem among people with disability, and it can lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety. However, through social and recreational activities, NDIS participants can engage with their local community, develop new skills and hobbies, have fun, and even take a break from the stresses of everyday life. These activities can have a significant positive impact on mental health and well-being, and they are an important part of living a fulfilling and meaningful life.
You may only need short-term support to help you get started with your social and recreational activity and build your skills so you can participate independently. Or, you could need ongoing support. Whatever your case, it may be funded by the NDIS.
However, while the NDIS may fund things like a support worker to help you participate in your activity, specialised equipment or modification to equipment to help you to join in social and recreational activities, and more… It is important to note that the NDIS will not cover the basic cost of the activities like entry fees, registration, and membership fees, standard equipment you need to take part in a social or recreational activity, and other things similar to these.
All NDIS funded supports must meet the reasonable and necessary criteria. To find out if the NDIS will consider funding social and recreational supports for you, you need to answer the following questions:
- Is the social and recreational support directly related to your disability?
- Does the social and recreational support help you pursue your goals?
- Is the social and recreational support value for money?
- Is the social and recreational support effective and beneficial for you?
- Is the social and recreational support legal and safe to use?
- Is the social and recreational support something we expect family, friends, or the community to provide?
- Is the support better funded or provided by someone else?
It is worthwhile to note that social and recreational activities are an important part of your life. You have the choice to use your supports for different social and recreational activities so make sure to be flexible with it. The NDIS funds most social and recreation supports in your core budget.
Examples of NDIS funded recreational activities
Are you or your loved one looking for some fun and exciting ways to make the most of your NDIS funding? There are a host of NDIS funded recreational activities to pick from! These activities are designed to provide opportunities for NDIS participants to engage in leisure activities that are both enjoyable and beneficial to their overall well-being.
Not only do these programs often provide at-home service, giving participants a sense of independence, but they can also help them socialise in small group-based support boosting social connections outside the home. Some NDIS funded recreational activities include:
- Swimming and aquatic aerobics
- Cooking and baking (we can even get a teacher to come to you at home or organise a small group to learn together)
- Dancing, singing and drama
- Painting, colouring or sculpting (can arrange a teacher at home too)
- Other arts and crafts
- Exercise and gym workouts
- Yoga and meditation
- Going to the local library and improving your reading skills
- Sport activities like swimming, cycling, or a team sport
- Outdoor adventure programs like camping, hiking and rock climbing
- Bushwalking and horse riding
- Self-care activities
- Barbecues and picnics
- Computers and games
- Beauty related activities, massage and pedicures
- Going to the movies or theatre
- Music and other creative outlets
- Attending local community events, like markets and fairs
- Engaging with local community organisations
- Literacy and numeracy
- Reading and sensory
- Social clubs and groups such as book clubs, movie clubs, or gaming groups.
- And more…
Easy Exercising NDIS-friendly activities
Would you like to get the benefits of exercise and gym as part of your social and recreational activity? If so, then you’re welcome to Easy Exercising. With the help of our power-assisted machines, we will help restore your body to fitness while you smile and chat with the friends you’ll make in our close-knit community. You won’t even break a sweat while at it, our machines will do all the work for you.
We are an NDIS partner and all participants are welcome to any of our Easy Exercising Studio Locations closest to you. You even get the chance to try out our power-assisted machines for FREE to see if you’d love them. Here is what Lesley about Easy Exercising:
“Love it you don’t feel as though you are exercising and you have trained staff there with you and help you stay on track with a personal programme to suit your needs”
Beyond that, we also know that increased community participation can lead to improved health, well-being, and quality of life as well. A community, especially one of support and friendship, is most important to achieve all of these, and this is why we came up with the idea of Easy Community Services. If you would like to spend your weekends doing exciting stuff and exploring new fun places with a community of friends, then this is for you!
Through Easy Community Services, NDIS participants in Queensland can take the weekend away and have lots of fun with a feeling of family. Imagine enjoying a musical at QPAC on Saturday and then going off for some camel-kissing fun at Summer Land Camels on Sunday with like-minded individuals who are ready to support you. This is what Easy Community Services feels like and it is open to all NDIS participants. And remember, this is covered in your NDIS funded activities support.
What are you waiting for? If you’d like to join us for one or multiple weekends away where we’ll explore different activities across Queensland, then…