People with Disability

Mosman Council provides a range of services for residents with disabilities, their families and carers, including information, assessment and referral services.

Council’s Aged and Disability Services is staffed by professionals and supported by trained volunteers.

Please contact us for more information between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, phone 9978 4119.

Activities

Services and activities for people with disabilities in the Mosman area include:

Saturday Youth Group

Saturday Youth Group is a social recreation program for young people in Mosman with a low support physical or intellectual disabilities between 11 and 17 years of age. On the third Saturday of each month, the group participates in activities between 10am and 2.30pm. Please email the Youth Services team or call 9978 4013 for more information.

Friday Night Group for Young Adults with a Disability

Mosman Council facilitates a social and recreational group for young adults with a disability (age group 18-40 years) every third Friday evening of the month between 6.30 and 10.30 pm.

Activities include outings, dinners, bowling, disco nights, workshops (stop motion animation, stencils, photography), movie nights and much more. The maximum capacity is 17 attendees.

Clients pay for entry fees to activities if applicable. Bookings are essential and the number of spaces are limited.

Contact 9978 4128 for further information and registration.

Drama Group

Meets every Thursday in the Seniors Centre, 4.30pm – 5.30pm.

This is an interactive drama and improvisation course for young people with disability. Self-expression is encouraged using music and sounds, mime and improvisation. Each session is skillfully designed to help participants with interpersonal and communication skills while developing an appreciation for story telling.

If you need further information please phone 9978 4128.

Stroke Recovery Group

The Lower North Shore Stroke Recovery Group meets every Tuesday morning from 9.30 – 12 noon at the Mosman Baptist Church. A Speech Pathologist and Diversional Therapist attend. The weekly group meetings offer emotional support and understanding. Transport can be provided.

Warringah Disability Newsletter

As part of the Shorelink library network to which Mosman belongs, Warringah Council produces a regular newsletter providing comprehensive information on services, seminars and events that may be of interest to people with a disability, carers, service providers and members of the community.

Disability Newsletter

Access

Council’s strategies to provide access in the local community are supported by the Access and Mobility Consultative Committee.

During 2016 Council made substantial progress towards the adoption of its first Disability Inclusion Action Plan. The Plan will guide Council’s actions towards improving access for people with disability in the community, including developing positive community attitudes and behaviours, improving the liveability of the Mosman area, supporting access to employment and to services through better systems and processes.

Facilities

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For information on all public toilets (including those offered at commercial premises) in Mosman, including accessible toilets, visit the National Public Toilet Map for Mosman:

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia has developed a map overlay for Google Earth that allows you to see the exact location of Cityrail fully accessible stations and Sydney Ferries accessible wharves:

Liberty Swing

In 2006 Council installed a Liberty Swing at Clifton Gardens when upgrading the playground facilities. The Liberty Swing allows children in wheelchairs to experience the freedom, joy and exhilaration that comes from a ‘swing in the park’.

Community Transport

The service has two wheelchair-modified buses, which are used for group / individual transport, for people who have health-related or social transport needs and are unable to use regular transport.

Please see the Community Transport page for more information.

Mental Health

Mental illness affects around 20% of Australians at some stage in their lives, but it is treatable. For information, assessment and support, you may like to speak to your local general practitioner or to the community mental health team based at North Shore Community Health Centre by phoning them on 9462 9100.

Council’s community caseworkers can also provide information and referral, including carers support and groups, and can be contacted during office hours (Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm) on 9978 4119.

Lifeline operate a confidential 24 hour telephone counselling service with trained volunteers on 13 1114.

Support Group for Families with Special Needs Children

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My Time Group

A facilitated group for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years with a disability or chronic medical condition. My Time gives parents the chance to socialise, share information and ideas, and receive support. At the same time a play helper and volunteers facilitate stimulating activities for the children and their siblings.

My Time’ Groups meet at Manly and Allambie Heights. Further details are available from My Time or Cerebral Palsy Alliance on 9975 8779.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme to support people with permanent and significant disability. It will fund long-term high-quality care and support for people with significant disabilities, better link the community and people with disabilities, provide information to people, help break down stereotypes, and ensure quality assurance and best practice among service providers.

The NDIS will be rolled out to Mosman residents in July 2016. Find out more here.

For NDIS enquiries: NDIS Local Area Coordination, Northern Beaches. Mr Noel Walker, Team Leader for North Sydney and Mosman, email nowalker@uniting.org or 0429 069 520.

NDIS General Enquiries 1800 800 110.

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