Doors open for scosa opportunities

Incredible opportunity: Tony Costigan, 26, with his mother Rosalie Costigan, 63, out the front of scosa, a disability service provider who are opening for a 'come and try' day.
Incredible opportunity: Tony Costigan, 26, with his mother Rosalie Costigan, 63, out the front of scosa, a disability service provider who are opening for a 'come and try' day.

Scosa will be hosting a ‘come and try day’ at their Port Pirie hub on Thursday, October 19 to provide people living with a disability with an opportunity to experience their services first hand. 

The hub will be open from 10am until 12pm to allow those interested to join in with activities and decide whether the service is right for them. 

John Tobin, General Manager for Business Development and Marketing says that a lot of people are not aware of what scosa provides. 

“We teach numeracy, literacy, communication skills both verbal and non-verbal as well as a lot of life skills including personal hygiene, cooking, gardening and even how to socialise.”

“We also like to try and get people out and about of the hub, they get to explore the local region, eat out for meals and even modified sports.”

“It is important that everyone is given the opportunity to experience our services rather than just stay at home and not know what is available.”

The ‘come and try day’ is aimed at families that may have children leaving school or for anyone aged between 18 and 65 years that would like an opportunity to mingle. 

“We cater for a broad range of people with disabilities and they will have a couple of hours to really experience what we provide”, Mr Tobin said.

The Port Pirie hub already has 20 people using their facilities and one of them is Tony, 26,  who has down syndrome. 

Tony started at scosa in July this year and with his inquisitive nature has learnt a range of new things. 

His mother Rosalie says that scosa has helped Tony initiate conversation and that is something that he never used to do.

“I asked him the other day if he liked scosa and he replied with ‘yes’, yet afterwards he said ‘lots’, and he has never elaborated to an answer like that.”

Tony enjoys a lot of activities provided by scosa which includes woodwork, a breakfast club, learning with games, dance, music as well as literacy and numeracy. 

Picking a disability service provider is much like a picking a school for your child, Rosalie says, you want to ensure that you like the staff, understand their ideas and most importantly that your child is happy. 

“They are learning such important everyday skills like speaking on the phone, writing their signature and having eye contact.”

“Come and check it out, I am very happy with scosa. You should definitely see what feels comfortable for you and your family”, Rosalie said. 

Mr Tobin says that this is the first time they have been able to provide the opportunity for people to come feel and see what scosa do. 

“We are one of a number of disability services providers in Pirie yet we have a hands on approach which provides other opportunities for people who use our services.” 

Scosa will also be holding an NDIS information day on Wednesday, November 22 at 11 am to provide information on the January 2018 roll out.