Local Support Groups
Since 2015, QDN has established Local Support Groups for people with disabilities in locations throughout Queensland. These groups are peer groups, led by people with disability for people with disability to share information, learnings and lived experiences, get information about what is happening, particularly around the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and find out more about what is available in local communities. Part of the role of the Local Support Groups is to help each other navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as well as explore social and economic opportunities in their local communities.
Local support groups are also leading and influencing change in their local communities, as a voice for people with disability about important issues such as housing, health, transport, education, employment, human rights.
What is a Local Support Group?
A local support group is a peer group of people with disability, who join together to:
- Get helpful information, with a focus upon the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
- Share information, stories and learnings, enriched through each member’s lived experience;
- Connect members with activities and organisations in their community, and build on the strengths each member already has; and
- Support each other to think about and plan for the life they want.
Each Local Support Group has a group convenor to coordinate the group and support what they want to achieve.
Check out what Local Support Groups can do by watching this short video of QDN’s North Local Support Group who organised an Expo about ‘celebrating disability awareness in our community’.
Who are the Local Support Groups for?
People with disability in Queensland, who want to get information, learn more about the NDIS and share stories and their lived experiences.
People 18–65 years with physical, intellectual, learning, cognitive, sensory, neurological and other disabilities, with different backgrounds and life experiences are welcome.
Where are the Local Support Groups?
QDN currently supports local peer groups in the following areas as well as four online groups:
- Brisbane – meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of month at the QDN meeting room.
- Brisbane Hot Topics – for people with intellectual disability – meetings on the last Friday at the QDN meeting room.
- Gold Coast – meetings on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Southport Library.
- Caboolture – meetings on the last Saturday of the month at the Caboolture Sports Club.
- Deception Bay – meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Market Square Shopping Centre.
- Kallangur – meetings at Marsden Families meeting room.
- Fitzgibbon – meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Fitzgibbon Community Centre.
- North Lakes area – meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the North Lakes Community Centre.
- Sunshine Coast – meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Mike Ahern Building, Maroochydore.
- Logan – meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Marsden Library.
- Townsville – meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month at the Aitkenvale Library.
- Mackay – meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 63 Wellington Street, Mackay.
- Sunnybank – meetings on the last Saturday of the month at the Sunnybank Hills Library.
- Normanton – meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Bynoe Hall.
- Maryborough – meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre.
- Ipswich – meetings on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Auditorium, Ground Floor, Humanities Building, 56 South St, Ipswich.
- Toowoomba – meetings on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Civic Centre, Level 3, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba (Library Building).
- Online group for women with disability.
- Online group for people around specific areas of interest. Examples of areas of interest might be about NDIS, health, housing, transport etc.
For more information on meeting dates and times contact QDN via:
Phone: 1300 363 783
Or you can check out QDN’s events page.
How Can I Join?
Join or find out more about the Local Support Groups or the virtual networks by sending us an email or calling us and nominating your choice of group. It’s FREE to join.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if there are similar groups in my community?
QDN knows there are already existing groups of people with disability doing great work in Queensland. We want to work with, and support, existing groups where we can. If you are a member of a peer group in your community, please let us know.
Are there leadership opportunities?
Yes, each group will have a convenor drawn from the local community. Group convenors and all group members will have the chance to build and develop their speaking and meeting skills and local disability knowledge, with a focus upon the NDIS. QDN will support each group where required.
What if I don’t live in one of these locations?
Talk to us, because there may be some new locations supported to develop Local Support Groups. There are also opportunities for people who can’t make physical groups through online participation.
What is QDN’s part in this work?
QDN is a grass roots organisation of Queenslanders with disability. We are experienced in supporting people with disability connect and build networks, towards being more included in the community. Our motto is Nothing about us without us.