Getting active and social in the community

A healthy and balanced lifestyle includes spending time doing activities you enjoy, gaining new skills, and socialising with friends.

The NDIS may assist you if your disability makes it difficult for you to participate in these activities.

NDIS funding for social and recreational support has long been a confusing matter. We look at what the NDIS means when it says “social and recreational activities,” as well as the types of supports it can provide.

What are social and recreation activities?

The word “social and recreation” in the NDIS refers to a wide range of activities that you can engage in for enjoyment, fitness, learning, relaxation, or leisure.

Among the social and recreational activities are:

  • Visiting friends and family.
  • Active hobbies like bike riding or swimming 
  • Playing a sport like tennis, surfing, or basketball 
  • Going to the cinema or a play.
  • Visiting places of interest, such as an art gallery or a shopping mall.
  • Yoga or meditation 
  • Classes to learn new skills such as woodwork, art, dance or craft.

What are the social and recreational supports funded by the NDIS?

Because of your disability, the NDIS will fund any additional assistance you require to participate in social and recreational activities.

 

The NDIS may provide funding for:

  • Short-term support in taking on a new sport, activity, or pastime. For example, someone who can assist you in choosing suitable gear and equipment and attend the first few sessions and help you gain confidence to go on your own.
  • Help in the development of skills so that you can participate.
  • A support worker to assist you if your disability prevents you from going alone.
  • Specialised equipment or modifications to make it easier for you to participate.
  • Someone to take you to an activity if you can’t use public transport and it’s not reasonable for family or friends to take you.
  • Adults with disabilities can use public transport to get to and from social and recreational events.
 

You will be responsible for any costs incurred by all participants. The NDIS will cover only additional costs incurred as a result of your disability.

 

The NDIS will not fund the following expenses:

  • Fees for membership and joining.
  • Fees for classes.
  • Entrance fees to movies, museums, and galleries.
  • Standard equipment.
  • Support for elite or professional participation and competitions at the state, national, and international levels.
  • Activities for children that usually require the presence of a parent.
  • Things that are funded by others, such as a local club, community centre, or sports team.
 

The NDIS does not fund transportation for children to and from social events in general, although there are several exceptions for children with high support requirements.

How to fund social and recreational supports

You’ll need a connected goal, such as joining a social club or taking a dance class, to access funding for social and recreational supports in your NDIS Plan.

Social and recreational supports are paid for with funding from your NDIS Core Supports budget. You can spend these funds on social and recreational supports as long as they’re reasonable and necessary for your requirements and meet NDIS criteria.

 

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is it connected to your disability in any way?
  • Is the item or support more expensive than what others would have to pay?
  • Is it likely to be advantageous for you?
  • Is the activity assisting you in achieving your goals?
  • Is it safe and legal?

 

Check out some examples on the NDIS website if you’re unsure.

Some people may also be eligible for funding for assistive technologies related to social and recreational activities. This can be found in your Capital supports budget.

How PSS can help

The Innovative Community Participation Program at PSS is designed to help NDIS participants develop skills that will allow them to actively participate in their communities. Our program involves a highly qualified Support Worker or Coordinator who will assist you in broadening your prospects for community participation and employment through side-by-side practice.

Have more questions?

At Personalised Support Services (PSS), we are driven to help you lead a happier and more independent life. So whether you are looking for a helping hand around the house or building your independence, our friendly team is ready to support you every step of the way.

Call 1300 687 777, email info@psupportservices.com.au, or use the live chat feature on our website to get in touch with us.

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