Dear Ballina Community,
This week some of our community protested. You told the government we are sick of restrictions and rules. You told them we want to choose how we live our lives.
I want to tell you about how my clients are currently living their lives.
Sam is living with her mum, because her husband doesn’t understand social distancing. Sam has down syndrome and diabetes. Even fully vaccinated, getting Covid is a really bad idea for her.
Then there is Rachel. She was leading the ten pin bowling comp. But that’s all over now. So is her volunteer role. They will be over for a long time for her, because having a disability means even fully vaccinated, getting sick from Covid is likely to land her in hospital. She is terrified of hospitals.
Or I could tell you about Ken. Fit and unstoppable running his own business, up till his recent MND diagnosis. Covid 19 will almost certainly be an accelerated death sentence for him. Isolation to prevent that will soon be his only option.
When we hear the 11am death stats and feel relieved when the words ‘underlying health conditions’ make us feel safe because we don’t have those, know that it only adds to my clients fears. When we hear of NSW opening up, and the virus moving through our communities, they know they become a little more vulnerable. When they see large groups of people in their community choosing to go against the health recommendations they feel isolated because they can’t trust us to help keep them safe.
If the hospital system becomes overwhelmed, they will not meet the triage requirements to get a bed. But you will, even though you ignored health advice. Even though you choose not to wear a mask. Even though you choose not to vaccinate. Because you do not have under lying health conditions.
So, speak your piece and hold your rallies under the banner of free speech, but know that this will result in someone vulnerable, in YOUR community, going to bed a little more confused, a lot more scared and significantly more at risk.
I hear your arguments about businesses going broke and people fighting for their livelihoods. The disability community in Northern NSW spent approx. 160 million dollars last year in our local businesses. They are joining your gyms, booking into your workshops, bringing their support workers into your cafes. They are employing a significant portion of our local workforce who in turn spend in your businesses. They hold a value that’s not just human but also critical in terms of our local economy.
If you are a business owner reading this and you know your staff have been to a rally, or are online encouraging people to break health advice, then it’s time to pull them aside for a chat. If you are a support worker attending these events, its time to stop. The disability community are watching, and when it comes time to spend their dollars again they will remember who cared enough.
If you see any of our staff at these illegal events, please tell me. They will be stood down immediately.
Kindest, Karina & David Mckey
Directors of Karina & Co.
"We create experiences that grow skills,connect people & enhance lives"
Karina - founder & choice advocate
MENTORING & WORKSHOPS
Mentoring is full (email us to waitlist)
Workshops - see below for availability
Accepting Support Coordination referrals
Accepting Plan Management referrals
End to end meal preparation with Chef Naomi.
Monday & Thursday 10.30 - 2.30 Main Meals
Leave with 2 servings of 2 main meals suitable for freezing. Includes a shared lunch.
Wednesday 1.30 - 4.30 Snacks
2 recipes designed for morning tea's or lunch boxes.
$33.21 per hr billed to your plan. $15 ingredients cost payable by you.
All meals made with premium ingredients, sugar free and adaptable for allergies.
Fully booked. Email us to waitlist.
Friday 10.30 - 1.30. Photography skills with professional music photographer Rachel. Play with light, scale and different cameras to improve your photography skills. Billed at $33.21 per hour. Bring your own camera, Ipad or phone.
Movement and motivation with Hayley, billed at $33.21 per hour.
Outdoor cinema nights - last Friday of the month
Live music events - second Friday of the month
Currently only available to existing K&Co people. Email us to be the first to hear when these sessions reopen to the public.
Gaming sessions (old school style & console based)
Virtual Reality sessions
Graffiti art workshop
Tech programing and automation
Womens Dancing group (bad dance moves, 90's pop and possibly a disco ball...)
Billed at $33.21 per hour.
Email us to register your interest
Current Staff Vaccination Rate: 84%
If you've been looking for a way to do things differently then we are your people.
We work with people with disability to introduce new experiences, share our passions and look for ways to support yours.
We are a collective of great people with awesome skills, exciting ideas and a desire to share them with you!
You + Us = Awesome
Artists, photographers, Geocaching specialists and IT gurus. These two are a whole lot of creative and just more than a little crazy.
Organiser extraordinaire, knows all the very best people and all the rules about managing funding. Loves to sing (very, very badly) in the car.
NDIS knowledge whiz & Self Management expert. Slightly obsessed with cinnamon dougnuts...
Surfing Coach. Adrenalin junkie. Helicopter paramedic in his spare time.
Knows all the best pubs, loves a boys night out especially if it involves a game of pool. He is currently learning to fly a helicopter.
Work placement Guru. Great at helping people move into their own homes. Facebook and selfie queen!
K&Co Counsellor. Answers all life's big questions like - where are my keys? What's for lunch? Loves suprises!
well almost all of us... we've grown a bit since this photo was taken.
"We are intentionally boutique and choose to work with a small clientele"
We are registered for Support Coordination and Plan Management.
We choose to only work with plan managed or self managed clients with our mentoring and workshop services - because we think having control of your own funding is important. We bill to NDIS price guide limits.
We will work with you to determine the skills and expertise you want on your team.
We can tell you a lot of things about how great we are
(did anyone say modest..?!), but, we all know it's not what we think that counts.
Meet some people who choose to work with us.
David cheats at Uno
I have a stationery business
We walk up 326 stairs. Often.
We get the best concert tickets