Cairnsfoot School

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Family Support

Our school offers parents additional support through the provision of tools to better assist them in the care of their child.


As the implementation of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has occured, there are some changes to respite and how it is accessed. You must now refer directly to the NGO respite agencies and ask to be put on their wait list. When the Ageing, Disability and Home Care NSW (ADHC) funding is available they will contact the respite centres and ask for their wait lists so individual packages can be allocated to people on the list, according to priority. For some regions it is also possible to continue referring through ADHC. If you would like some assistance or support please contact the school.

Download the NGO respite centres (DOCX 20KB) for more information.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS has been implemented across our area in 2017. Please have a look through the NDIS website and if you have any questions give us a call. The participant handbook provides some useful information about NDIS.

Download the following for more information:

Additionally, you may find the following advocacy associations to be of use:

  • Disability Advocacy Network
  • Disability Advocacy NSW
  • Disbaility Advocacy and information service
  • Disability Information Advocacy service
  • Family Advocacy -
  • Early Childhood Intervention Services.

These advocacy organisations offer free speech and behaviour support to parents of children under age 8 in the St George area. For more information, see Early intervention services (PDF 110KB) and Early intervention, section 2 (PDF 155KB).

Recreation, Sports and Aquatics Club

The Recreation, Sports and Aquatics Club (RSAC), is an unfunded community based organisation that provides sport, recreation, social activities and opportunities for people with a disability.

Their Mission is to be a leading edge provider of services promoting quality of life and inclusion to people with disabilities, their carers and families.

Download RSAC Flier (PDF 596KB) or visit their website for further information.

Ability links

Ability links are coordinators that work closely with people that have disability, their families and carers to support them to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams.

Whether your goal is to take part in sport, education, volunteering, or other activities, you remain at the centre of decision making about how you want to lead your life. Linkers have strong local knowledge and work alongside communities, supporting them to be welcoming and inclusive.

Download the Ability Linkers guidelines (PDF 1206KB) for more information.

Variety - The Children's Charity

Variety is committed to empower Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn

Variety aims to 'fill the gaps' and prioritises requests for which there is no, or limited, government support. variety pay for equipment and services directly on behalf of the recipient.

For more information about grants and programs please visit the Variety website.

Family referral service

The South Eastern and Northern Sydney Family Referral Service (FRS) provides services to agencies, young people, children and families who live in 16 Local Government Area's (LGA's) across South Eastern Sydney (Ashfield, Botany Bay, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Hurstville, Kogarah, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Randwick, Rockdale, Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra).

We work with families effected by homelessness, poverty, mental health concerns, domestic violence, financial stress, parenting issues amongst other vulnerabilities, to link families to support services in their local area. The service is a key initiative of the Keep Them Safe reforms to provide holistic services to families in need. We cover 16 LGA's and we are a free service.

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