Last Wednesday, Cultivate members Leigh McGaghey and Marjorie Janz represented Cultivate at the Disability Expo, jointly convened by Northern Beaches Council and the National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS], held at Dee Why RSL.
The purpose of the Expo was to bring together service providers for the disabled community, NDIS local area representatives, the service organisations which act as intermediaries between NDIS clients and the NDIS itself, as well as people with disabilities [clients], their families and carers. Cultivate’s presence at the Expo was to promote the various services of our members in horticultural therapy programs; private/public garden design and social horticulture, as well as promote the broader benefits of gardening/nature engagement.
The Expo was hugely beneficial in providing understanding of how the NDIS works and how service providers such as Cultivate [and its members] can link with service organisation intermediaries to create relationships with clients. There was also considerable learning and sharing as the different service providers became aware of each other’s services and products and recognised opportunities for collaboration.
Opportunities for Cultivate members are significant under the NDIS and we plan to offer a member event soon which will explain how the NDIS works and how our members can intersect with NDIS clients, intermediary service organisations, and the NDIS.