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Individual Support Services

'focus' Individualised Support Services offers different types of support for people with a disability. They can choose to attend one of our day centres which run daily programs or be supported on a one-on-one basis to go out and about in the community.

Day Programs

'focus' Individual Support believes that each person with a disability is an individual and has different support needs and aspirations in their life. Our service is designed to be flexible and to give each individual the opportunity to develop and express themselves in a valued and meaningful way.

'focus' provides services to people who have a wide range of abilities, interests and support needs. Our progressive and innovative service offers a variety of programs and activities to meet a diversity of personal interests.

At 'focus' we spend time getting to know people; learning about how they communicate, what they like and dislike, supports can then be tailored to meet each person’s goals, promoting choice, building on interests, providing stimulation and creating a pathway to personal development. All people are supported to maintain and improve life skills, develop new interests and pursue personal goals.

The provision of meaningful activities during the day is one of the most important aspects of any person’s life; it offers a real sense of purpose and gives a structure to life whilst offering valuable social interaction.

'focus' promotes empowerment and independence, through a range of activities and developmental programs that enrich the person’s quality of life. For each individual a person centred plan is designed and implemented based on personal interests and preferences.

Individual Support Services are currently offered from a number of locations on the Mornington Peninsula. Our extensive list of activities can help people develop and maintain a wide range of skills, as well as furthering their goals in life.

Some of the activities 'focus' currently offers are:

  • Sailability
  • Massage
  • Basketball
  • Advocacy
  • Yoga
  • Pottery
  • Fishing
  • Beading
  • Drumming
  • Recycling
  • Physiotherapy
  • Theatre / Drama
  • Swimming
  • Boccia
  • Gym
  • Bush Walking
  • Train outings
  • Sensory programs
  • Cooking
  • Art
  • Computers
  • Library
  • Numeracy / Literacy
  • Music
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Bowling
  • Gardening
  • Chimes

Some other interesting activities we provide include Meals on Wheels, RSPCA, Pets Paradise and the Myuna farm.

Each year we have our Annual Theatre production which has grown quite substantially in recent years. It is and absolute "must see" event.

All members of our staff participate in regular training in order to keep themselves up to date with the skills required to support the needs of people attending the 'focus' Individual Support Service.

Individual Support

'focus' offers a range of Individual Support services to people of all abilities. These are flexible, developmentally focused services which aim to impart life skills, often as part of a short or long-term plan for greater independence.

Our Individual Support services are generally provided through an Individualised Support Package or Respite packages, which are all funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services.

Our enthusiastic staff members provide quality support to people with physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as to people with a dual diagnosis. We are committed to assisting people to access mainstream activities and events within the community. 'focus' Individual Support will assist service users to develop the skills needed to work towards their goals, increase independence and to participate as valued and active members of the community.

'focus' Individual Support will assist service users to develop networks of support, which allow greater involvement in the community to develop friendships, skills and knowledge about life in the community. The support is individualised and tailored based on their needs, goals and aspirations.

Individual Support provide a support worker to assist people with daily activities that they are unable to complete for themselves because of physical, intellectual or any other disability, usually in a person’s own home. The support is provided to assist people who are vulnerable to risks, to live their chosen lifestyle in the community.

Active Support Workers can assist with the following:

  • Personal care (bathing, grooming, dressing); General self-care (eating, drinking, food preparation, medication)
  • Day to day decision making and problem solving
  • Managing household routines (shopping, budgeting, cleaning)
  • Accessing and utilising community resources (banks, shops, public transport, recreational facilities)
  • Accessing generic services (general health care, dental care)
  • Management of emotions/personal responses (anger management, behaving within accepted limits, coping with feelings)
  • Recreational camps
  • Art therapy
All of our Individual Support services are designed with a strong emphasis on creating a positive and supportive environment for people with a disability. This provides our service users with constructive learning opportunities in which skills can be developed and enhanced.