NDIS services in Cessnock Mai-Wel be the support you need
The Mai-Wel Group has been a provider of services to people with disabilities across the Hunter for close to 60 years. Beginning as a Maitland-based provider, Mai-Wel has since expanded to now being one of the Hunter’s largest disability service providers registered under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
For many years, Mai-Wel has operated a specialist employment service, Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions (MWLFS) in Cumberland Street, Cessnock, but with the introduction of the NDIS, the service offering has expanded to The Hub on Vincent Street. NDIS specific initiatives delivered from the offices include; supported independent living, school leaver employment supports, finding and keeping a job, creative arts social and community supports, and support coordination.
Regional Manager, Craig Williamson, says the availability of services in Cessnock is important for people with disabilities to have the opportunity to access the services available to enhance their independence.
“The Hub and MWLFS Disability Employment Services are really important services that we are proud to provide to the Cessnock community.”
“The hard work to bring these services to Cessnock is all worth it when we see the positive outcomes experienced by our participants,” says Craig.
Hunter Waters is one young local person achieving some great outcomes from of his participation in Cessnock-based services. Hunter attends Get Started, a School Leaver Employment Supports initiative, weekly to build his work-readiness through work experience opportunities at local businesses. Additionally, Hunter enjoys the opportunity to make friends and spend time with like-minded people at Chill Out, The Hub’s weekly social and community supports group.
Feedback from Hunter’s school and parents shows improvement in his confidence at school and home; he is happily attending school and putting his best effort into his schoolwork. Ben Bradley, Team Leader at The Hub in Cessnock, says Hunter’s progress has been excellent to see.
“Hunter has shown so much progress and has taken big steps to prepare himself for the future and to make new friends. Everyday Hunter is becoming more confident and it is being noticed at home, at school and here at Mai-Wel,” says Ben.
Above: Hunter, pictured centre, with Mai-Wel’s School
Transitions Coordinator, Cath Crowley,
and other Get Started participants, has valued the opportunity to participate in local work
experience opportunities to build his work-readiness.