The Joey Project.

“Through our line of work, we found there was an enormous need among children who couldn’t access NDIS support. That’s why we founded The Joey Project.

“The Joey Project, started in February this year. We’d looked in to Big Brother, Big Sister and ended up creating The Joey Project because we wanted to offer these kids help from trained providers. We wanted to help kids with their behaviours at an early stage.

“We are running a pilot program and running research alongside this to make sure it is making a difference.

“To access support, email The Joey Project then we’ll go from there. It’s for 7-17 year olds. We are also looking for volunteers.

“I’m really proud that we have so many people who are really passionate about what we are offering.”

Kayla of Ability Disability Networks goes on to explain. “Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be able to help whomever I could, however I could. This includes fundraising, volunteering or participating in community events.

“As an adult, I fell in love with working in the disability field and empowering my clients. As an employee, I struggled with disappointment as employers promised a client-based approach which was never fulfilled.

“This is why I created Ability Disability Networks. I believe that everyone can be whoever they want to be and I love being able to provide support for people to achieve their goals.”

“Ability started with a story…

“I had a client who was having a really bad day. So, I said to them ‘okay we are going to find your superpower’. They told me they didn’t have one, however, within 15 minutes we had found multiple superpowers including their creativity and extreme focus. After recognizing these gifts their day totally turned around.

“There are superpowers in every disability, we just have to be willing to look, believe and give it the support to grow.

“Ability and The Joey Project, believes in a client-based approach. We create a team around our clients who are all working towards achieving the goals of our clients. Our support workers are all driven by helping our clients with no job being too big or too small.

“No superhero went out on their own they all had a team around them. Our goal is to create the space for our clients to live happy, fulfilling and independent lives they love!”

The team at Ability and The Joey Project will be exhibiting at our Humans in Geelong Expo on Sunday October 10th (backup date Dec 5) at Deakin University Waterfront Campus, come on down to find out more.