News

Supporting community connection for people with mental health conditions outside of a funded NDIS package

Community Engagement Education Package Project
ADVISORY GROUP: EOI

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has provided NSW Information, Linkages and Capacity-building (ILC) Jurisdictional Grant funding to the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) to co-design a Community Engagement Education Package (CEEP) to support people living with a mental health condition and/or at risk of developing psychosocial disability.

The CEEP will assist community workers, volunteers and peers to better support people living with a mental health condition or psychosocial disability who are ineligible, or do not want to have, a funded National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan.

The CEEP Project is about exploring and community capacity building for strengthening social inclusion of people living with mental health conditions, and MHCC and the NDIA agreed to target the following groups, and interest from representatives of these groups in the Central South East Sydney and Western NSW areas is especially welcomed:

  • Community Workers (non-mental health, eg, homelessness, emergency services, etc)
  • Volunteers working, or interested in working, with people with mental health conditions and/or their representative organisations (eg, SVDP Compeer, Volunteering NSW), and
  • Peers; this means people with lived experience of mental health conditions and their families whether paid or unpaid supporters.

The above is guidance only to help achieve project objectives and membership is open to anyone interested in exploring and responding to community capacity building for strengthening social inclusion of people living with mental health conditions. MHCC is also interested in representation from:

  • Mental health community managed organisations/workers (and especially Partners in Recovery)
  • People with lived experience of the NDIS (both participants and other and including people interested to participate on CEEP Co-Design Working Group/s)
  • Academics/consumer researchers (including people interested to participate on the project’s Evaluation and Monitoring Working Group)
  • Other, for example;
    • Local Health District Mental Health Service
    • Primary Health Network
    • Diversity groups;
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
      • Culturally and linguistically diverse community
      • GLBTQIA+ community
      • Regional/rural/remote

There Advisory Group will meet on eight occasions throughout the project with the first meeting arranged for the 27th of November 2018. The remaining meetings scheduled as follows:

  • January 2019
  • March 2019
  • June 2019
  • August 2019
  • November 2019
  • February 2020
  • April 2020.

Participation can be face-to-face or via teleconference.

If you are interested in participating in the advisory group, please contact Rebecca Lewis on rebecca.l@mhcc.org.au by the 9th November 2018.
For enquiries, you can also contact Rebecca on 9555 8388 Ext 133.

More information is available here