Out of School Hours

Lifeskills Plus’ Out of School Hours service for students with disabilities aims to

  • Promote integration with community activities
  • Support teenagers to become familiar with the local community and recreational facilities
  • Promote the development of social skills through regular use of community facilities
  • Support and promote the recreational interests of teenagers.

Lifeskills Plus OoSH is all about learning ‘outside the square’ in a safe and happy environment, where everyone is treated as a valued individual

Click here to download our “OoSH” information leaflet

What Lifeskills can do for you …

Every person has their own areas of need and wishes to be part of their community. Lifeskills Plus supports you, teenagers to achieve this.

An individual plan will be developed with you, your families and/or other important people in your life and Lifeskills Plus Inc.

The subjects that are put in a PCP (Person Centered Plan) are the things that are important to you and that can help you to achieve your goals .

Programs are developed according to your current skills and abilities and are adjusted as your levels of ability increase.

Service procedure

Referrals can be accepted from families, carers, schools, health/welfare agencies and people in the community. A person or family being referred must be aware of the referral

An assessment meeting with the Direct Services Manager is arranged at which time our service is explained to you and we check to see if you are eligible for the service.

If eligible and there is a vacancy within the service, a PCP (Person Centred Plan) will be developed with you and your family/advocate or other important person.

We encourage positive experiences and activities will include those typically undertaken by other teenagers in the community.

Our OoSH service is flexible and may be taken after school, weekends or in the school holidays, depending on the needs and wishes of you and your family.

OoSH activities are based on individual goals.

Some of the current activities include:

  • Getting out & accessing community facilities
  • Swimming & other sports
  • Computer & iPad training
  • Music and Art
  • Craft, Sewing and Woodwork
  • Tactile and Sensory Activities
  • Entertaining and leisure time
  • Excursions

Eligibility

To be eligible for Out of School Hours Support you must:

  • Officially live in the Mid-Western Regional LGA
  • Have a physical, intellectual, sensory disability or a combination of any of these.
  • Your disability must be permanent or likely to be permanent and have resulted in a substantially reduced capacity for learning, communication or mobility

Priority

Priority is given to those eligible people who

  • Are between 12 & 18 years of age
  • Have moderate or high support needs
  • Have parents who are in the workforce.

Transport may be provided during the day to assist a person to access OOSH activities. It is not provided for commuting purposes at the beginning or end of an OOSH session other than in limited, agreed circumstances.