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Dorrigo Support Centre (DSC) Vision and Mission Statement

Vision Statement
Our Vision for the Dorrigo Support Centre (DSC) is that of a service based in an accessible environment which gives aged people, people living with DisAbilities and their carers, as well as the wider community the opportunity to explore and meet their needs, and encourages and supports them to achieve their full potential
Purpose Statement
DSC’s purpose is to be a local quality flexible service for seniors and people living with a DisAbility on the Dorrigo Plateau. This is achieved by recognising the gaps that exist, networking with community, advocating and being responsive to change.

Mission Statement
To achieve this mission we will;
• Provide services based on the choices of the people we serve offering consumer directed choice
• Provide a centre which welcomes all people without judgement
• Enhance the quality of life in the community by providing opportunities for personal and community growth
• Empower people by doing things ‘with’’ them, not ‘to’ them or ‘for’ them
• Facilitate self help process by assisting individuals and their families with information and resources
• Initiate links and encourage community networks which enable people to give and receive support
• Promote community spirit by supporting individuals and community
DSC is auspiced by the Bellingen Shire Council; we receive both State and Federal funding. Our policies clearly sets out the rules by which the organisation is run as well as general aims and objectives.
What we do
DSC offers referral, support, information, advocacy, centre based activities limited transport, home visits and social gatherings to support members of our local community upon request.
The centre offers opportunities for community members to visit the centre in a social capacity through recreational activities.
The centre also hosts a number of community based groups which cater for more specific needs within the community. These groups utilise the centre’s facilities to conduct their meetings or courses independent of the centre.
The centre has a relaxed and welcoming environment with an attractive sensory garden which is an ideal location for either gardening or just sitting and being.
Who we are
DSC has been providing service to individuals, people living with disAbilities and their carers since 1991. It started as a volunteer support service. Some funding was obtained from Home and Community Care and Department Veterans Affairs to renovate the space at Hickory House in Dorrigo. Ongoing funding was secured in 1997 and the Neighbour Aid section of the service was started. We are proud of our connections and networks in the local and wider communities.
Our dedicated, professional and friendly staff have a proven record in providing quality support to individuals, people living with a DisAbility and their carers. Our staff and volunteers hold their first aid certificate, have been trained in Person Centred Practice, have completed their Certificate III or IV in DisAbility work and or have a Diploma in Community Services as well as relevant industry training.
Where to from here
DSC aims to be the provider of choice for the Dorrigo Plateau by
• Person centred, strengths based consumer directed support
• Positioning the Centre as the key home and community care provider for Dorrigo Plateau
• Position the Centre as the key disability services provider for Dorrigo Plateau
• Prepare for the introduction of National Disability Insurance Scheme
• Prepare for possible changes in Commonwealth funding arrangements e.g. tendering, changes to centre based care
• Employing and skilling staff to be able to achieve the above

What actions need to be taken?
• Change service delivery model to increase number of volunteers and be able to provide more in home or in garden services and individualise transport
• Increase marketing –Neighbour Aid& Social Support website, Support Centre website, links to information providers and referring organisations, local publicity, closer links with community nurses and social workers in Dorrigo/Coffs/Bellingen hospitals, Commonwealth Carer respite, Centrelink, Carer Association and network, National Disability Services
• Partnering with local organisations for social support and centre based service provision options-Men’s Shed, Exercise providers-aquarobics, Pilates, yoga, tai chi, thump, RSL-carpet bowls & general, art and craft groups, Green lifestyle group, Garden club, seed savers, Walking group, CWA, View Club, Rotary, Lions, High school, Primary schools,
• Linking with other service providers CHESS, Nortec, Home Care, Bellorana /Raleigh facility, Freemasons, Community options, Armidale Home Nursing, Port Mc Quarie carers, Open arms care
• Explore increased use of technology in the provision of service

Acknowledgement of Country
Dorrigo Support Centre acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we live and work and pay our respects to Elders past and present