In 1998 five parents having coffee and discussing the lives of their child with a disability commented that they were feeling isolated and were struggling to find information and services on their own. They decided it would be great to have a network of parents in Queensland that could support other parents and have input into the disability sector. A small grant was received, a committee was formed and Parent to Parent Queensland (P2P) came into existence.
In 2006 further funding was secured that had the specific purpose of planning with older carers of a son or daughter with a disability, who wanted to put safeguards in place for when they were no longer able to provide support.
Our board of management
A forward-thinking decision by the Board of Management to take a chance and grow the number of disability support funding packages managed from 5 to 50 provided a way forward at a time of significant change. This fund management, under the Your Life Your Choice Host provision service offered by the Queensland Government, has now extended to over 400 and is a major part of our work.
P2P delivers a quality service that enables people with a disability to purchase the supports and services approved under their funding type while P2P manages the financial reporting and acquittal requirements.
In June 2014 a twelve-month funding grant was received to deliver NDIS readiness workshops to the Older Carer cohort that we had been working with since 2006. Indigenous carers who are over 45 were also included and the workshops were delivered in 4 regions of Qld. This work will continue until Queensland has fully transitioned to the NDIS.
As a registered NDIS Plan Management and Supports Co-ordination provider, we look forward to assisting people with a disability to implement and manage their plans and achieve their goals utilising the skills we have developed throughout our history.