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Developing Life Skills with the NDIS: Socialising

Being social and participating in your community is a great way to meet friends and feel fulfilled. Getting out and being social is also a great way to boost your mental health!


We know that socialising, whether you’re hanging out with your friends or meeting new ones, can be daunting. We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to socialise and meet new people.



Recreation & Social Activities


Check out your local community centre or library for their schedule of recreation and social activities. Facilitated sessions are a great way to meet other people in your community and develop strong social skills. The best part? They often have a diverse range of programs to make sure people with varying interests and skills are provided for.


Check-in with your Plan Manager as you may also be eligible for certain day programs funded by the NDIS.



Volunteering


Speak to your LAC or plan manager to see if there are any local organisations in need of volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to donate your time and give back to your community, while also flexing your social skills. If you are someone who gets anxious about meeting new people, having a task to complete while socialising may help make it easier!


Not only does volunteering benefit the community, but it benefits you. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and achievement when you volunteer.



Joining a team or club


There is no better way to socialise than joining a team. By joining a team or signing up to a club, you can be confident that you’ll be spending time with people who are keen to socialise as well.


Whether you join a sports team, a choir or a book club, having a dedicated time and place to meet other people will sure to become a highlight of the week. And who knows, you may even learn a new skill alongside making new friends.



Counselling and therapy


It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or nervous about socialising. Sometimes it helps to speak to a registered counsellor or therapist about how you’re feeling. They will give you some handy tips and tricks to help you develop your social skills.


Need help managing your NDIS plan? Call the team at Bright Plan Management - taking the stress out of the NDIS is our speciality!


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