Summer’s just around the corner and there’s no reason why your enjoyment should be limited! There are thousands of independent support workers who offer their services through Mable that have diverse skills and interests so you’re sure to find someone who would love to explore some of the following activities with you! Take a look at the guide below and consider how much more you could do and enjoy this summer with the ideal person supporting you.
Don’t forget, if you have an NDIS plan, it will always include your stated goals, objectives and aspirations. It’s important to remember your support should always be related to your stated goals and aspirations in your plan and meet the Reasonable and Necessary requirements defined by the NDIS.
Prefer to stay indoors? Here are some ideas
There are tons of things you can do at home during summer with an independent support worker guiding you and helping you plan!
- Food prep – Have a chat with your support worker about the foods you like to eat and practise preparing simple meals for yourself.
- Learning a language – Connect with a support worker who can communicate in Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Auslan or another lingo to learn some new phrases.
- Discover a new craft – Express your creativity through art with origami, bonsai, scrapbooking, puppet-making, chalk drawing or colouring in.
- Celebrate the season – With so many support workers on the Mable website coming from different cultural backgrounds, you may find someone who can help you plan for your particular traditions.
- Games and puzzles – Crosswords, sudoku, word searches and anagrams are educational and fun. Your support worker might even bring over some cool board games or video games so you can play together.
- Jam session – A musically minded support worker could bring over a tambourine or an electric guitar for you to play.
- Relaxation techniques – A support worker experienced in yoga, stretching, meditation, sound sessions and deep breathing techniques can guide you to a calmer body and mind.
- Reading together – If reading is challenging, a support worker can either read to you or help read along with you so you can enjoy books, magazines and websites.
- Social media – Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok; they’re all great ways to connect with family, friends, your community and the world. Your support worker can help you set up and use social media.
Some outdoor activities to enjoy this summer
Whether at home or out in the world, here are some cool ideas on activities to do outdoors this summer.
- Beach – A picnic, a swim or a meander along the boardwalk are all fabulous activities on a hot day.
- Outdoor movies – Find out if your area has an outdoor cinema that shows night-time movies.
- Fly a kite – Never underestimate the joy of flying a kite under a summer sky.
- Outdoor concerts – From string quartets to Carols by Candlelight, outdoor concerts combine fresh air with fun and frivolity.
- Flea markets, fairs and fetes – All of these offer tasty food, interesting stalls and a vibrant atmosphere.
- Community events – Check your local events guide or city council website for sandcastle festivals, guided Botanic Gardens tours, free park yoga, inclusive fun runs, art projections and more.
- All-ability sporting events – Simply Google ‘all-ability events’ or ‘accessible events’ and take your pick of local offerings.
- Local pool – Get wet and cool at your local pool. Council pools often have accessibility features.
- Go camping overnight – A camping loving support worker can make it all happen for you.
- Adventure sports – Organisations like Sunrise Medical can introduce you to indoor skydiving, bungee jumping, go-karting, scuba diving, surfing, paragliding and more.
- Go fishing – Whether from a bridge, the shore or the full deep-sea fishing experience, fishing can be both relaxing and exciting.
Whatever your abilities, passions and goals, there is plenty to do when you have support. Search the independent support worker profiles on the Mable website and look forward to a brighter summer.