DISABILITY

Me3: supporting young people with a disability

Build
Independence

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Build Independence

At MYST, we can assist you to build your independence and resilience through our range of groups, programs and individual supports.

Every group we run can be facilitated in a one to one approach – just ask!

• The CRUSH healthy relationship & safe sex program
• Social skills program
• Managing Anger
• Art therapy group
• Travel training (individual support)
• Be me – personal hygiene, puberty, safety and self management

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For more information or request a service please call 4751 1005

If you have an NDIS plan, this assistance is covered under the following terms:

  • Improved daily living
  • Improved relationships
  • Increased social and community participation
  • Assistance with daily life

Make friends
& have fun

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Make friends and have fun

At MYST, we can assist you to ………

Meet friends, make friends, develop your social skills and have the chance to hang with kids your age at our Hangout groups in Katoomba, Lithgow and Springwood. Our groups operate out of fully equipped and youth specific youth centres, complete with pool tables, Xbox, Playstations, computers, musical instruments…… plus lots of food! The groups are staffed by trained and experienced youth disability workers.

Our Hangout groups are facilitated in partnership with Kirinari.

Katoomba Hangout is at the Katoomba Youth Centre, Waratah Street, Katoomba
Every Monday during term time from 4 – 6.30pm.
Springwood Hangout is at the Springwood Youth Centre, Springwood Avenue, Springwood
Every Tuesday during term time from 3.30 – 6pm
Lithgow Hangout is at Me3, 172 Main Street, Lithgow
Every Tuesday during term time from 3.30 – 6pm
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Our holiday programs encourage young people to get together and have fun. Please ask us!

Our amazing Outdoor Explore program delivers fun, friends and fantastic experiences.

Every Tuesday during term time from 3.30 – 6pm.
For more information or request a service please call Sue on 0447 014 142

If you have an NDIS plan, this assistance is covered under the following terms:
• Improved daily living
• Improved relationships
• Increased social and community participation

Outdoor
Explore

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Outdoor Explore

MYST will give you the opportunity to build your capacity, independence and self esteem through the unique and incredible OUTDOOR EXPLORE PROGRAM.

With a national park on our doorstep, MYST’s Outdoor Explore is a unique opportunity to engage in a program that provides challenging and fun experiences that help participants to discover, develop and achieve their potential.

An experience that supports the development of self-esteem and confidence, builds resilience and problem solving, and cultivates leadership skills using the natural environment and a carefully designed and professionally implemented outdoor program.

Encouraging kids to be active and have fun! (whilst learning and growing in capacity)

The Outdoor Explore program has several options for involvement:
• a 10 week term time one day program of outdoor recreation
• weekend programs over the course of a school term
• holiday programs involving outdoor recreation, camping, kayaking

Trained outdoor recreation guides and trained youth workers facilitate all our recreational programs. 

“OE gives kids opportunities to experience things that they never thought they could do before. And do them… Since doing OE I have become more independent, I feel more confident outside of home and I feel positive and happy about my future.” Josephine, OE participant 2017


For more information on the Outdoor Explore program for 2016, please contact Sue at 4751 1005.

If you have an NDIS plan, this assistance is covered under the following terms:
• Improved daily living
• Improved relationships
• Increased social and community participation
• Assistance with daily life

Counselling & Positive
Behaviour Support

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Counselling and Positive Behaviour Support

At MYST, our experienced, specialist counsellor can provide friendly, confidential and professional support in a safe space where you are supported to make sense of your world, find ways to express your feelings and start to feel better.

Getting support can help you to keep you on track in all aspects of your life. Getting help and having someone to talk soon means you feel better sooner!

MYST's Positive Behaviour Support team works alongside young people and their families and carers.  Our team look at what is going well and what needs to change, helping families identify causes of behaviour and assist them to implement supports and strategies that make sense for them.
We employ both positive behaviour support and simple psycho-educational approaches to address challenging behaviour and work together to develop an individualised plan that meets your needs.

Running alongside our behaviour support service are the groups and programs that build skills, educate and support young people to accomplish all they can as they become adults. These programs can be delivered in small groups or individual settings.
- The CRUSH healthy relationships and safe sex program aims to educate, protect and inform young people about healthy relationships and sexuality in a youth relevant and engaging way. 
- Our anger management program works to support young people to learn strategies to manage strong emotions, express anger, anxiety or frustration. 
- The Be Me program focusses on personal hygiene, puberty and daily living routines.
- PEERS Social Skills program supports young people to make and keep friends and build social skills.

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For more information or to speak to one of your team, please call 4751 1005

MYST can help you if you….

  • Are feeling down, depressed, stressed or can’t stop worrying
  • have family or friends issues
  • are being bullied, hurt or harassed
  • are having sleep difficulties
  • are becoming withdrawn
  • struggle to adapat to changes in your life
  • need to talk to someone

Support Co-ordination &
help with the NDIS

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Support Co-ordination and help with the NDIS

At MYST, we can assist you with support co-ordination. We help you to understand and maximize your plan to reach your goals and build your capacity and resilience. Our team are skilled, energetic and innovative in our approach – we know our local area and local services and will work closely with you to get the support you need.

Do you need help accessing the NDIS?

We can help you to go through the process of application and preparation to meeting a planner.
Perhaps you have an NDIS plan but feel confused about how to go forward.
We can help.

Call Michelle on 0417 582 936

If you have an NDIS plan, this assistance is covered under the following terms:
• Support Co-ordination

Meet
our Team

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Meet our Team

Sue Campbell-Ross, Disability Programs Co-ordinator 0447 014 142


Michelle McManus, Disability Support Co-ordinator


Amba Lewis-Rosman, Counsellor, 0487 47 00 47


Helen Haigh, admin and general organizer, 4751 1005


Melody James, Disability Support Worker, 4751 1611


“Normally when you go to Centrelink or the NDIS or a psychologist you have to tell them this is my worst, these are the things that aren’t working and you focus on that. At MYST you say this is my best and you focus on that.”

"Without our personal development programs there would be more young people in our community without the skills to cope with developmental and social issues such as, drugs and alcohol abouse, unhealthy sexual and personal relationships., behaviour management including anger management, stress, drepession and anxiety"

Legal

MYST (ABN: 19 942 569 473) is a public benevolent institution endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a deductible gift recipient under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
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Respect

MYST acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional lands of the Darug and Gundungurra peoples. MYST recognises the strength, capacity and resilience of past and presentAboriginal people in this region we we offer our respect to the Elders both past and present of theBlue Mountains.

Accept

MYST does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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