About the Novita Step Up program
Novita’s Step Up Life Skills program, is designed to support young people living with disability to actively engage in life.
During the program, you’ll learn independent living skills to assist you in engaging in the world around you. Specifically, you will develop a core set of life skills including how to open and manage a bank account, safely catch public transport, maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as personal presentation, and many other topics to support you in becoming more independent.
Want to know more? Download our FREE Step Up Course Guide.
Learn from the professionals
Step Up is delivered by trained disability professionals, mentors and community leaders who are experts in their field. These partnerships will give you the opportunity to begin developing meaningful relationships and the chance to network with individuals, organisations and community groups that you may be in contact with after completing the program – including financial planners, gyms, nutritionists and topic mentors.
We offer a person-centred, practical approach to supporting you to engage with your local community. You will learn how to successfully interact with service providers as part of your everyday life, including banks, fitness groups, utility companies, supermarkets and more.
How it works
Step Up is a 48-week (11-month) program where you will focus on developing a new life skill each month.
We invite all participants to attend an induction meeting with us before starting the program, where you can tell us more about yourself and the skills that you would most like to develop. We also offer an individual needs assessment to identify your strengths and challenges to ensure you are able to get the most out of the program.
You will meet two days per week, with the same group of participants who are similar in age to you, for the duration of the program – which will give you the chance to develop new and meaningful friendships throughout the year.
Our holistic approach to learning life skills will provide you with the opportunity to hear from speakers, participate in interactive workshops and venture out on exciting field trips – all tailored to support your individual goals.
- Speakers – will give you valuable information, tailored to your needs, and be able to answer any questions you may have.
- Workshops – will provide you with a hands-on learning experience in a safe and supportive environment.
- Field Trips – will give you the opportunity to apply your new skills in a ‘real life’ context, all with the support of our specially trained staff.
An exciting component, at the end of the program, is your graduation ceremony, where you will have the chance to invite your friends and family to come and celebrate your achievements!
Benefits of mastering life skills
There are many benefits of joining our Step Up program, not the least of which are:
- Preparation for independent living
- Increases employability
- Interpersonal skills assist with maintaining healthy relationships
Who can apply?
Step Up is designed for young people living with disability, who are 14 to 24 years of age and looking to increase their ability to live independently and get the most out of life.
Novita is a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider. If you want to use your NDIS funding to pay for the Step Up program, you will need to have a goal in your NDIS plan that the Step Up program will help you to achieve.
How to enrol
Alternatively, fill out the online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you with all the information about joining the Step Up program.