Help for NDIS close at hand with office opened in heart of Orange

NDIS TEAM: Community engagement co-ordinator Lauren Cayeaux, regional manager Matt Eades and Social Futures people and quality executive manager Sam Albertini at Orange's NDIS office official opening on Monday. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA 1106drndis1
NDIS TEAM: Community engagement co-ordinator Lauren Cayeaux, regional manager Matt Eades and Social Futures people and quality executive manager Sam Albertini at Orange's NDIS office official opening on Monday. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA 1106drndis1

If you have questions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there’s now a staffed office in the city’s centre.

The NDIS office operated by not-for-profit organisation Social Futures was officially opened on Monday.

Social Futures runs a small network around the Central West and far west, with 10 staff in Orange, five in Bathurst, three in Parkes and 12 in Dubbo.

Regional manager Matt Eades said the office was open for NDIS participants, their carers and family members to answer questions and design plans for the services they used.

“We’re able to answer questions but also construct plans for those services,” Mr Eades said.

Mr Eades said while staff were experts in community services and could answer questions, their main priority is ensuring people get the services they need.

Social Futures executive manager of people and quality Sam Albertini said there were 10 staff in Orange based on the number of people who had previously accessed services from the state government’s Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) department.

The human resources manager said NDIS staff would be meeting with people in and out of the office.

She said both NDIS participants and staff were learning about the system together as it was a new system.

The NDIS office is open in Centrepoint Arcade, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

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