Sharing Places Board
Sharing Places held its Annual General Meeting of the Association on Monday 30 October 2017. Thanks to all who attended for their continued support for the organisation. Congratulations to the ongoing Board members on their re-election, and also to the new Board members. The Board members are as follows:

Shelby Schofield – Chair
Billy Kang – Vice Chair
Tony Curtis – Treasurer
Kevin McDonald – Member
Georg Breu – Member
Kellin Kristofferson – Member
Susan Healy – Member
Pieta Manning – Member
Carl Ng – Member

A very big thank you to the outgoing Board members, Ken McCasland, Ron Clapham and Theo Hooy, for their valued contribution to Sharing Places by serving on the Board. Their input has been greatly appreciated.

School Graduates for 2017
The transition from school to post school life can be a very challenging time, and it can take a significant amount of time for people with complex support needs to feel comfortable in new environments. Each year, Sharing Places spends time with graduating school students to get to know them and how we can support them the best we can from their first day at Sharing Places. Under the NDIS, it has been very pleasing that we have been able to maintain our transition strategies for young people graduating from school, and the transitions for next year are already well underway. We look forward to supporting school graduates to gain confidence and achieve their goals.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Update
There have recently been a number of plan reviews occurring without prior notice to families or consultation. I encourage everyone to be vigilant in checking for any notifications or communications from the NDIA. It has also come to our attention that the dates on recent plan reviews can be misleading, and the date for review may not necessarily be the end date of the plan. If you are unsure, please check with your coordinator of supports.

Feros Care have been announced as the Local Area Coordinator (LAC) for ACT, with the first LACs having recently commenced.  As LAC, Feros Care will be the main link to the NDIS for many people.  Feros Care will work as the NDIA’s Partner in the Community and will have a role in NDIS planning, plan reviews, and linking to community (ie, support coordination).  Sharing Places has received little information about how this will all work in practise, however, we will provide updates as the information becomes available.  For more general information about the role of LACs, visit the NDIS website. 

News from the Board of Management
I am pleased to report to you that the Sharing Places Board has now finalised our 2017-19 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan sets out the Sharing Places Board’s objectives and goals for the organisation over the next three years.

As the organisation continues to transition to full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Board is focussed on ensuring consistency and stability in our service provision and delivery, and ensuring that our high quality standards are maintained. The Strategic Plan 2017-19 is aimed at securing this consistency and stability. The objectives that we have set for the organisation focus on ensuring that the attributes of Sharing Places that make our organisation the leading disability service provider in the ACT are maintained.
The Board’s goals for the organisation centre on our approach to service delivery, our commitment to quality and the governance of the organisation. These goals are supported by a set of key priorities that will form the basis of how we conduct the business of the organisation over the period and will ensure our continued success.

The goals and priorities that the Board has set for the organisation will directly contribute to achieving and maintaining our vision and our mission. Importantly, our core values will continue to be at the heart of everything we do here at Sharing Places.
I look forward to sharing the 2017-19 Strategic Plan with you upon its publication, and I welcome any views that you may have in relation to it.

Kind Regards, Shelby A.E. Schofield (Board Chair)