Excellent news – you are eligible for NDIS support and services – now what!

The first thing you need to consider is what to you want to achieve with your funded support? what are your personal goals for your life and how can Trusted Care work with you to support you to achieve your goals?

Goals are a great way to give yourself something to focus on and work towards. However, it’s important to recognise that your goals may change over time, whether that’s because your focus has shifted or because you’ve achieved a goal that you previously set.

Regularly reflecting on your goals is a great way to ensure that your goals align with your wants and needs.

Why are goals important? Goals are important because they show the NDIA what your personal aims and desires are, the things you want to work towards in the short and long-term. They also help to inform the NDIA what funding you may need in your NDIS plan. Although the NDIA doesn’t directly fund your goals, they can fund supports and services that can help you to achieve your goals.

Your goals may include:

  • Building your capacity for more independence
  • Working towards finding a job or studying
  • Participating in social and recreation activities
  • Connecting with family, friends, and your community
  • Learning and undertaking a new hobby, sport or perusing an interest.

The list is endless and by working with Trusted Care, we can make sure that it isn’t an overwhelming process.

When you attend your planning meeting or plan review meeting, it’s important to have a clear idea of what your short and long-term goals are so you can discuss them with your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or NDIA planner.

It’s important to acknowledge:

  • Any barriers or challenges that you experienced
  • How you overcame those barriers
  • Whether you are still overcoming those barriers
  • What wins or successes you have experienced
  • How your current goals are progressing
  • What you enjoyed and what you didn’t.

How to know if your goals are working for you? Once you have reflected on your current goals, then you can think about whether those goals are still a focus for you, or if you would like to make an adjustment to one or more of your goals. An adjustment could be something small like restructuring a goal you already have or maybe you have a whole new goal that you want to work towards.

The easiest way to do this is to ask yourself:

  • Are my goals still relevant to my current aspirations?
  • Are there any changes in my circumstances or priorities?
  • What steps have I taken that have helped me to work towards or achieve my goals?
  • Are my goals better suited as a short-term goals or long-term goals?
  • Am I over or underspending on my NDIS funding?
  • How can I use my NDIS funding better?
  • Who can help me achieve my goals?

When setting your goals, it’s a good idea to:

  • Write down your goals and have them in an easy access location
  • Write your goals in a way that means that funding can be used flexibly
  • Choose goals that are relevant to you or that you are passionate about
  • Make sure your goals are achievable
  • Set as many goals as you feel comfortable (the NDIA suggests 3-5 short term goals and 2-3 long-term goals, however that is just a guide)
  • Think about whether your goals cover these areas: home, work, health and wellbeing, relationships, choice and control, daily living, lifelong learning, and social and community participation
  • Give yourself a realistic timeframe for achieving each goal
  • Turn your goals into a habit
  • Share your goals with a friend, family member or even someone who can be a goal buddy so you can encourage each other to keep working towards your respective goals and share your wins
  • If you need help with your goals, you can discuss them with your LAC or Support Coordinator.

Contact the team at Trusted Care to speak further about the importance of goal setting and seek their help when it comes to creating your personalised plan, phone 1800 670 990 re email services@trustedcare.org.au