MDS has been offering Employment Preparation programs in the Macarthur area for over 20 years. We have used this experience to tailor programs to meet the individual needs of each participant.
MDS offers all NDIS core Employment Preparation and SLES training components encompassing:
- Travel training
- Work experience opportunities, including industry site tours
- Soft skills: (i.e. money handling, personal presentation, time management, problem solving)
- Interpersonal skills: (i.e. communication, stress reliance, team work)
- Job specific training: (i.e. hospitality, administration, retail, customer service, property and yard maintenance, resume preparation.)
In addition; MDS also recognises the importance of accredited training and have therefore designed a 6-month short course in Employability Skills.
We also understand the benefits of hands on training and put an additional emphasis on delivering exciting and adaptive training packages. This means extensive opportunities for hands on learning and real life experience within the community; therefore, you will not be spending a huge amount of time in a training room. It’s about practical learning and the opportunities this has to offer. We host a number of open days throughout the year, giving you an opportunity to experience our unique service delivery.
Complete Property Services (CPS) is an Australian Disability Enterprise which offers on the job support while learning skills and increasing confidence & self-esteem. Working at CPS you will work in a team to do lawn mowing, tree pruning, garden maintenance, rubbish removal and yard clean ups. You can use your NDIS funding to receive this employment.
Criteria for employment at CPS:
- Be receiving or eligible for Disability Support Pension.
- Be receiving or be eligible for the NDIS
- Aged from 18 to 65 years and can travel to Ingleburn railway station (where we do a pick up) or to the factory at Ingleburn to commence work for the day.
- Able to follow direction and instructions of Leading Hands.
- Employment contracts are dependent on funding acceptance through NDIS. At MDS we can support you through your NDIS planning process, which will assist you to obtain the correct funding required to achieve your employment goals.
- A requirement of employment with MDS is a National police check.
- Are you available one day a week for 8 hours from 7:30am – 4pm Monday to Friday? (There is the option of increasing days with experience.)
- Wants to work and is willing to learn skills to increase access to open employment
MDS has fourteen community centres operating in Macarthur, Liverpool and Southern Highlands areas. Each centre provides a range of activities or you can use it as a meeting point before going out into the community in our specially modified vehicles. With support from our experienced staff we provide training and activities that interest you and meet your skills. Our staff can work with you to develop a program of your choice or you can choose from over 45 programs available each week.
Here’s just a sample of what we got up to this week:
- Musical Theatre
- Drumming & Percussion Group
- Belly Dancing
- Bike Riding
- Jewellery Making
- Movie Days
- Sensory Games
We also hold a number of social events throughout the year for our Day Program participants including Discos, Halloween Parties, Melbourne Cup Parties, Christmas Parties & End of Year Concerts.
The program is designed to increase a participant’s daily living skills and independence. The service runs in the Campbelltown area for (13-17 year olds) on a Monday or Wednesday night and for adults on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
The program uses a practical hands-on approach to learning. You’ll get to practice and develop skills including cooking, menu planning, preparing shopping lists, money handling, travel training, personal hygiene and household cleaning.
A qualified practitioner will work collaboratively with all carers and stakeholders to develop and implement positive behaviour support strategies in a person-centred behaviour support plan. Behaviour Support plans assist in ensuring consistency of support, reducing behaviours of concern and enhancing quality of life for individuals with a disability.
We offer a range of specialist services Sydney wide, which include Speech and Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Dietetics and Specialist Behaviour Support Services.
- Occupational therapy assessments, home modification assessments, assistive technology recommendations, occupational therapy sessions
- Speech Therapy, speech, swallowing and language assessments, assistive technology recommendations
- Physiotherapy sessions
- Early intervention support
- Behaviour supports, development of behaviour support plans, restrictive practice protocols and recommendations in line with NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, implementation and training across all environments
- Multidisciplinary team for therapy supports
- One stop shop for therapy needs
Is a social based program for females aged (18 – 35 years) with minimal support/behavioural requirements. The program encourages participants to build friendships in a supportive environment. The participants assist with planning future activities that often involve outings to the movies, city trips, comedy club, the races and dinner. The group meet fortnightly on a Saturday (times vary depending on the activity)
Is a social based program for males aged (18 – 35 years) with minimal support/behavioural requirements. The program encourages participants to build friendships in a supportive environment.
Participants assist with planning future activities that often involve outings to the football, expos, city trips, movies and dinner at the club. The group meet fortnightly on a Saturday (times vary depending on the activity.)
Is a social based program that offers a range of centre and community based recreational activities for adults aged (18 – 35 years) with a mild to moderate disability and minimal behavioural support and/or personal care needs.
The program offers a variety of activities both in the community and from the MDS centre. The program operates on a Monday (10:30am-1:30pm.)
MDS Social provides the participants with opportunities to enhance social skills & develop new friendships. Participants play a significant role in developing their own activity schedule, which often incorporates arts and crafts, picnics/luncheons, shopping, movies, bingo, cooking, bowling, trivia and beauty sessions.
Our experienced Support Coordination staff work with you to contact organisations, community groups and services to research your options and obtain quotes so you can make an informed decision about which services you would like to purchase with your NDIS funding. After which we will coordinate the process of signing service agreements and booking your services.
We are here to make the entire process seamless and stress free for you and your family.
Support Coordination also encompasses a capacity-building component. This is where our staff will teach you the skills and help you to develop the confidence to manage your own supports in the future. The capacity building is conducted via practical workshops; one on one mentoring and written materials.
Is a one on one tailored program where an MDS Support Worker provides in home support and/or supports you or your child to access activities in the community.
We will work with you and your child to design a service with activities of your choice and interest. There is a focus on assisting participants to work towards their NDIS Goals. Support could include:
- Support to attend movies, shopping, bowling and other recreational activities
- In-home support
- Helping with homework or study
- Support to attend remedial health services including massages
- Social support groups including discos, sporting and community events
- Support to attend various appointments