Workshops for families

VALID actively engages with families to empower them and encourage person-centred approaches. We provide courses and information sessions on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) throughout Victoria.

NDIS - Families as Planning Partners course

The VALID NDIS - Families as Planning Partners course is designed to assist parents/families of people with disability to get ready for transition to the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) by learning about planning – for now & the future, and how the NDIS individual funding & support could work for them. 

This course runs over five sessions:

Session 1. NDIS intro & the Families' role

  • an intro to the what, how and who gets the NDIS
  • what is the families role in light of the NDIS?

Session 2. Getting your point across effectively!

  • being aware of how I communicate
  • communicating your needs with the NDIS, workers & services

Session 3. NDIS Planning & why have a PCP

  • person-centred plan (PCP) & its' benefits
  • the NDIS planning process

Session 4. The NDIS funding & purchasing process

  • managing your funding package
  • engaging and purchasing services

Session 5. Consolidating your plan!

  • building the info in your NDIS 'plan’
  • consolidating the info for your family members’ ‘Whole of Life’ plan.

The VALID Families as Planning Partners team

  • supports families to be partners in advocating for the rights and interests of their family member with a disability
  • supports families to be allies in the provision of support to their family member
  • improves families’ understanding of their responsibilities, as well as the rights and the responsibilities of staff and services
  • improves outcomes for all stakeholders
  • provides evidence of compliance with Standards and other quality requirement

Families are often the primary source of information, support, guidance and advocacy for people with a disability. It makes sense to invest in ensuring families are well-informed and well-supported to play that role positively and effectively.

The VALID Families as Planning Partners Training Course

Members of the Family Mentor Team (FMT) provide the course from a unique family-member (peer) perspective.

The course explores:

  • The role of families
  • Effectively communicating & negotiating with the ‘system’
  • What is person-centred planning?
  • Understanding the different types of 'plans' e.g. PATH
  • Why good plans are vital to good outcomes
  • Families promoting independence & empowerment

The NDIS version Families as Planning Partners is a comprehensive course with the aim of assisting families who wish to:

1. get a good start on developing their family member's person-centred plan

2. see their family member’s perspective & understand their role in the NDIS process

3. develop the basis of broad NDIS goals

4. understand the NDIS funding process

5. understand the choices and responsibilities involved in managing an NDIS package

  • How to involve your family member in planning
  • Developing family members ‘plan’

The course also offers:

  • Peer support
  • Sharing of information
  • Sharing of wisdom
  • Experience, empathy & validation

One-off NDIS preparation sessions for organisations

The Families as Planning Partners Team is currently offering one-off information sessions and workshops to assist family members in understanding and managing the transition to the NDIS. This workshop can be tailored to suit your group or organisation.

The aim of the one-off NDIS sessions is to:

  • support families to empower their family member to have a good life
  • provide user-friendly info on the basics of the NDIS & dispel misconceptions
  • provide accurate information in response to questions
  • empower families and others who attend to feel more confident about the transition
  • promote the need for preparation for the transition, including person-centred planning and supporting participants to develop life goals ie. not service goals

What next?

If you would like VALID to come and run the Families as Planning Partners training program at your for you or your service, or want more information about other VALID services, contact Christine on 03 9416 4003 or email