Life-changing living skills


Since the roll-out of the NDIS in Maitland, Mai-Wel has experienced a significant amount of growth in the area of independent living skills. Natalie Parish is one participant who has reaped the benefits of receiving support in this area. 


Many participants are coming to Mai-Wel with their NDIS plan with the goal of increasing independence in the areas of home, budgeting, cooking, wellness and fitness, community access, long-term accommodation options, social and holidays, connecting to interests within the community and travel training (driving support and getting their Learner’s Permit).

A large percentage of new participants had never previously accessed any type of support before.

Natalie didn’t know what to expect when she came to Mai-Wel in January, 2017 with her NDIS plan.

“I was unsure to begin with but they asked me what I wanted to do and we got planning from there”, said Natalie.

“I wanted to improve my fitness, so with Mai-Wel’s support, I started Zumba at a local gym and I have even purchased a bike. As a result I have lost weight and am feeling a lot happier”, said Natalie.

Natalie also receives support with shopping, help with paying bills, budgeting and more recently, travel training, enabling her to use the OPAL system independently. Additional to this, Natalie has booked in her first cruise holiday at the end of this year to Hobart.  

“The support I receive gives me confidence and makes me feel independent. It has changed my life”.

Richard McQuade, Facilitator of Independent Living Skills at Mai-Wel believes independence take many forms.

“Some participants cannot leave their homes, so we are supporting them to take the first steps to access their community. Other participants we have supported to purchase or rent their own long-term accommodation”, said Richard.

“Independent Living Skills at Mai-Wel started when more and more people wanted support to move out of home or to gain skills to live more independently”.

“What Natalie has achieved over six months is remarkable. She is now independent and has moved to minimal support from Mai-Wel”.

 “It has had such a positive effect on my life. I am enjoying life now and loving it”, said Natalie.  

If you would like to find out more about living independently and how Mai-Wel can support your dreams and goals please contact the StaRT Team on 4932 8599 or email

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The Mai-Wel Group is one of the larger Disability Service Providers in the Lower Hunter Region, providing services and programs to more than 800 clients across nine Local Government Areas.

The Mai-Wel Group employs more than 170 local support and administrative staff in addition to 110 local supported employees. The ethos of The Mai-Wel Group carries throughout the organisation from management and staff, and on to clients.

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