You can access a range of professional, reliable and caring individual support and group activities at Uniting Communities, as well as grants to support your independence. We can also support you if you come into contact with the criminal justice system.
In-home and community-based support – Take Five
Take Five supports people in Adelaide living with disability, as well as provides respite for carers. We will work with you to meet your needs and support your goals.Read more
We can offer regular individual or group support, and the chance to socialise with people in the community.
One-to-one support can assist you to:
- maintain or gain independence such as going shopping and attending appointments.
- attend community groups
- attend a course or do volunteering.
Through group sessions, you can meet people who may share a similar experience or interests, as well as discover new interests.
Our groups use community centres or meet regularly in the community. Group participants decide the activities and we can support you with travel arrangements.
To find out how we can support you or your friends or family, please call us on (08) 8202 5291 (between 8am and 5pm) or via email.
Communication Partner Service
If an adult or child with complex communication needs is involved with the criminal justice system, we can provide support to assist them to fully participate in the legal process.
The Communication Partner Service supports people to communicate the best and most accurate account of their evidence.Read more
Our trained volunteer Communication Partners have experience in law, disability, community services and/or speech pathology. They can be there to support vulnerable victims, witnesses, suspects and defendants to coherently communicate in police interviews and court proceedings.
- identify clients’ communication needs
- attend police stations and courts to provide communication assistance
- recommend reasonable adjustments to the criminal justice process to facilitate effective communication.
This service is a core initiative of South Australia’s Disability Justice Plan. This program is provided with funding support from South Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department, and run by the Communication Partner Service team at Uniting Communities.
Communication Partners are currently available in Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Victor Harbor, Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla. The service is being rolled out in stages, and will eventually operate state-wide.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can apply online.
Support for people in residential facilities
A Supported Residential Facility provides accommodation and personal care services for people who have special needs, an intellectual disability and/or a mental illness.Read more
This program is for residents of Supported Residential Facilities in the eastern metropolitan area of Adelaide. We also support ex-residents where a facility has ceased to operate.
We provide a range of services including:
- supporting the development of independent living skills
- helping people to access employment, education, training and volunteer opportunities, recreational and social activities
- helping people to access specialist health services, such as optical, dental, podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
This service relies on the help of dedicated volunteers. If you’d like to get involved and be part of our Uniting Communities volunteer network, please contact us.
Grants for people with a disability – Joseph Seridis Trust Fund
The Joseph Seridis Trust Fund provides grants to South Australians of all ages who are living with a physical or intellectual disability. Established in memory of Joseph Seridis in acknowledgement of the support he received through Disability Services within Uniting Communities, the grants can be used for equipment to enhance recipients’ daily living and independence, or support to enjoy a holiday.
If you or someone you love could benefit from a grant, please email us. We can answer your questions and guide you through the application process.