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Group moves into Seymour

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April 12, 2018

Goulburn Options disability services manager Megan Hill with Brennan Collier (left) and Nathan Hall (right).

Goulburn Options is only weeks away from a game-changing move from Delatite Rd into the middle of Seymour.

With the organisation’s new site located at 28 High St, next door to Autopro Seymour, their clients will soon be more able to fully engage with the community.

Goulburn Options disability services manager, Megan Hill, said even though the group has had a presence in the community for a long time, the move will bring greater visibility and awareness.

‘‘A lot of people are amazed at the amount of services we provide to people in the community,’’ she said.

‘‘So I think coming to town is going to be great for our guys to be able to access the town incidentally — we don’t have to take a big, white bus into town to get a carton of milk. That’s an ordinary thing that ordinary people can do in regular life, so I think it’s important we can too.

‘‘The rewards are just seeing the guys being able to reach their full potential, interacting with their community and being excited about coming into the community with the High St property.’’

But Goulburn Options, which currently provides a range of services to 65 people with disability in the Mitchell Shire and surrounds and employs more than 30 local staff, also faces a major challenge on the horizon.

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme formally rolling out in the Seymour region at the beginning of 2019, Ms Hill said there is going to be huge growth in the disability sector.

‘‘We have already found from some participants who have received early entry access to the NDIS that there seems to be more funding available for supports,’’ she said.

‘‘In addition to existing group activities that remain extremely popular there has been an increase in demand for individual supports, especially on weekends and evenings.’’

As a result, Ms Hill said, Goulburn Options has an increasing need for casuals to support individuals on a one-to -one or small group basis to access the community, learn life skills such as navigating public transport, participate in recreation and leisure activities and to provide support for independent living.

‘‘With our impending move into the Seymour township at High St we are aiming towards increasing our presence in the community and letting everyone know who we are and what we do,’’ she said.

‘‘We are looking for people who may be interested in finding out more about career opportunities at Goulburn Options. We provide internal training for staff and we also organise external training for people who may not have a formal qualification and are keen to take that pathway.’’

For information about careers at Goulburn Options phone Megan Hill on 57923192 or email megan.h@goinc.org.au

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