Increased Social and Community Participation
Increased Social and Community Participation (Support Category 9) is a funded support category that you may find in your NDIS plan, under Capacity Building Supports.
Provision of these supports can be found in the 2019/20 Support Catalogue.
This category of funding can be used to pay for tuition fees, art classes, sports coaching and similar activities that build skills and independence.
It can be used to pay for camps, classes and vacation activities that have capacity building components. These may include assistance to establish volunteer arrangements in the community, mentoring, peer support or individual skill development.
All supports funded under this item need to be determined as reasonable and necessary given the participant’s plan goals.
Examples provided by the NDIS of support that can be funded include:
- Universal recreational activities: A limited number of lessons could be funded to enable a participant to try out an activity and test their capability and interest in pursuing this activity further – such as horse riding, art, dance or singing classes
- Funding to attend a “camp” or groups that build a person’s relationship skills and offer a range of activities and opportunities to explore wider interests.
- Other items or adjustments such as customised tools required because of the person’s disability, could also be funded. An example of this is if you wanted to play all abilities golf and needed to buy an adapted golf club to play. Or you wanted to do a drumming class and needed to buy an adapted glove to allow you to grip the drumsticks.