New homes create ‘independence’ for those with disability

New Civic Fairfield residents Christopher (blue shirt) and Alana (red shirt) with, Fatama (support worker) and Moisema (practice leader).
New Civic Fairfield residents Christopher (blue shirt) and Alana (red shirt) with, Fatama (support worker) and Moisema (practice leader).

Civic Disability Services Practice Manager ​Melissa Bradley said their new set of homes at Fairfield provide an opportunity for people with disability to gain more “independence”. 

The brand new townhouses and granny flats provide a unique opportunity to live in a shared environment with other people with the support of Civic staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for people to gain more independence and to live with a group of mates whilst in a supported environment,” she said.

“There is nothing like the feeling of being your own person and being able to exercise choice and control to live the life you want to live.”

Ms Bradley said accommodation options are “vitally important” for Fairfield which has one of the highest proportions of people with disability within south-west Sydney. 

“Not only do they support the wellbeing of people with disability but also the wellbeing of their families,” she said.

One of the Civic homes at Fairfield.

One of the Civic homes at Fairfield.

“People with disability are more likely to suffer from disadvantages including housing options.  The result often amplifies their physical, mental, intellectual and health problems and can also mean increased social isolation.  Civic is all about connecting those with disability with their communities.

“We still have a number of opportunities within these new homes.  So if families want to have a look see we have a 3D video on our website – just to make it that little bit easier to see what we have on offer.”

The team at Civic – a not for profit service which has been providing support to individuals with intellectual disability and mental health conditions for the past 60 years – organise outings and coordinate cooking for residents.

“...and ensures every resident is living life to their fullest,”  Ms Bradley said.

Details: civic.org.au, enquiries@civic.org.au,1300 692 484.