South Australia: Accessing the Support You Need – Workshops on the NDIS and My Aged Care

Are you interested in learning more about accessing support through the NDIS or My Aged Care?
Regardless of whether you’re still looking at joining one of the schemes or whether you’re already receiving support, if you have questions that you’d like to discuss we’d love for you to come along and join us.

The workshops will cover topics such as:
• Becoming a participant of the NDIS or My Aged Care
• The planning process
• Receiving support
• Assistive Technology
• Accessing information in alternate formats
• There will also be plenty of time to ask questions

We will be running one session on the NDIS and one on My Aged Care concurrently to ensure the information is tailored to your needs.
These workshops are part of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building work that BCA is undertaking in South Australia, which have previously been offered in New South Wales, Victoria and by teleconference (we have received great feedback from people who have participated). As Blind Citizens Australia is not registered to provide services under the NDIS or My Aged Care we are in a unique position to provide you with information that will enable you to make decisions about how and where you receive the support that best meets your needs.

Location: Royal Society for the Blind, 230 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000

Times:
Friday, 12th April 2019 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday, 13th April 2019 9:30am – 12:30pm

Presenters:
Angela Jaeschke, National Policy and Advocacy Manager, Blind Citizens Australia
Sally Aurisch, NSW / ACT Coordinator, Blind Citizens Australia

For further information or to register, please contact Jennifer Parry on 1800 033 660 or jennifer.parry@bca.org.au with the date of the workshop you would like to attend and whether you are interested in the NDIS or My Aged Care.

Livestream the BCA National Convention this weekend

For those who are not able to make it to our national convention in Hobart this weekend, you will be able to stream most of the sessions live online.

The livestream will be available on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March. Download the convention program, choose your preferred streaming platform from the list of links below, and listen along to the sessions. You can also interact via SMS with questions and comments by texting 0488 824 623 throughout the live stream. 

Enchanted Hills Camp is Back!

Have you ever thought about working at an American Summer Camp? Here’s your chance! From mid-June to late-July you could be working as a volunteer Camp Counsellor at The Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa, California, America.

Enchanted Hills Camp is located on Mt Veeder, just outside of Napa, California and provides a dedicated program of camps for people who are blind or vision impaired across the American summer. Each week a new bus load of campers arrives at the camp to enjoy a week of outdoor recreational activities, sport, art, drama, music, swimming and fun.

As a camp counsellor, your role is to work with your assigned campers to ensure they get the most out of their time at camp. This includes encouraging campers to participate in their chosen activities, assisting campers to prepare for the day and encouraging a fun environment. If you have a particular skill or interest, you may also be called upon to lead or assist in the leading of various activities.

Blind Citizens Australia recognises the great opportunities that an experience like this can provide and would like to support 4 residents from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory by reimbursing them up to $1,000.00AUD for the cost of flights to and from San Francisco International Airport.

To be eligible to take part in this opportunity you must:

  • Be over the age of 18 on the date of travel
  • Have a valid passport and be eligible to travel to the United States
  • Be a member of Blind Citizens Australia (if you’re not already, you can do this by calling 1800 033 660 or visiting www.bca.org.au)
  • Be able to arrange travel to Sydney International Airport on the day of departure.
  • Be willing to participate in Blind Citizens Australia activities that relate to the creation of a similar camp style program in Australia.

To apply, please send an expression of interest to Sally Aurisch, NSW / ACT Coordinator at sally.aurisch@bca.org.au by 2nd April 2019.

Your expression of Interest must include:

  • Your full name, date of birth, contact number and email address
  • Whether you have (or are able to obtain) a valid passport
  • An explanation of why you would like to volunteer as a Camp Counsellor at Enchanted Hills Camp (250 works)
  • Some ideas about what you could bring to the camp as a camp counsellor; what are you passionate about? What do you love to do? (100 words)
  • Some thoughts on how volunteering as a Camp Counsellor may benefit you in the future (150 words)
  • Confirmation that you will be able to meet the additional travel costs not covered by the reimbursement of $1,000.00AUD. This could include:
    • Passport
    • ESTA (the US equivalent of a Visa), aprox $20AUD
    • Travel insurance
    • Travel to / from Sydney International Airport
    • Any additional cost for return flights to San Francisco if the cost of the flight exceeds $1,000.00
    • Coach transfers from San Francisco airport to Napa, California (Aprox $60AUD return)
    • Incidental expenses while at camp

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Sally Aurisch, NSW / ACT Coordinator on 1800 033 660 or sally.aurisch@bca.org.au

If you’d like to know more about The Enchanted Hills Camp, check out www.lighthouse-sf.org/enchanted-hills

Applications close at 5:00pm on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

Register for BCA’s 2019 National Convention

We are now accepting registrations for our 2019 National Convention!

This year the event will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, at the Old Woolstore hotel, from 29 March to 1 April.

To register, or for comprehensive details about the program, award nominations, arrangements for first time attendees, and much more, visit our convention page.

Vote for Emma Now!


Emma Bennison and Nick Gleeson Nominated for Impact 25 Awards

In December 2018, 337 exceptional people were nominated for Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 awards. These awards recognise people who make a positive impact on Australia’s social sector. The calibre of the nominees is extraordinary, and they are recognised for their commitment and hard work towards a greater good.

Our very own Emma Bennison is a nominee and we’re inviting you to vote for her and potentially two other individuals (a maximum of 3) to help find the most impactful among this deserving pool of leaders within the Australian social sector and the wider community. We’d also like to acknowledge fellow nominee and BCA member, Nicholas Gleeson and ask you to consider him when casting your votes.

Voting is now open, and closes at 5pm on 31 January. Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQR9G8Y. The voting process is accessible, but due to the high number of nominees, finding names on the list can be challenging. The easiest way to vote is using an IOS device and if you’re looking at Emma’s name, you can swipe up with three fingers until you get to page 10 or 11 depending on font size.

Pro Bono have also provided us with a  list of nominees names with background information as a word document to provide simpler accessibility. If you are unable to access the voting link, or find it difficult they have also allowed BCA the option of taking phone or email votes directly. You’ll just need to provide us with the names of the people you wish to vote for, your email address and your name and we will collate and forward on behalf of our members. To cast your vote via phone, please call us on 1800 033 660.