Your Life Your Choice Host Providers - Disability Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

Your Life Your Choice Host Providers

You Connect Consultancy

Available to

Gold Coast region

Target group

All people living with disability, and families with a family member with disability, who wish to self manage or self direct their funded supports.

Organisational Information

You Connect Consultancy are a newly formed branch of the parent company “Staff Connections Pty Ltd”, which has been operating on the Gold Coast, in various capacities, since 1998. You Connect provides personalised consultancy and facilitation, minimising the bureaucratic aspects associated with the receipt of funding.

You Connect has a team of personal Consultants who believe:

All people can contribute to community life, connected to the people, places and activity that it contains;

Everyone needs to be in control of the relationships they want or have;

We all have strengths, weaknesses, gifts and dreams, accept me for who I am;

Everyone's life is a mix of informal and formal supports; let me direct how this is to be.

Host Provider Model

You Connect will work alongside an individual/family, to design their own personalised model of self-directed support. People will negotiate the degree of responsibility they wish to take in managing their funding. Some people may choose to manage their supports fully, others at varying levels of responsibility.

This allows the flexibility and freedom for people to decide the supports they require and where that support comes from, eg: informal supports, community groups and services, disability support providers.

A Host Agreement will be negotiated, outlining the roles and responsibilities of the You Connect administrative team. An annual budget will be drawn up to reflect planned income and expenditure.

Each individual/family will have access to a personal consultant to assist if needed, eg: planning, engaging supports, purchasing services, problem solving, support and staff matters, accountability and succession planning.

Fee Structure

You Connnect Consultancy will charge an administration fee to cover the costs incurred, based on individual requirements. This percentage is from 5% to 20% of total funding, as per the annual grant agreement. This administration fee buys:

  • Receipt and administration of funding on behalf of the individual/family
  • Disability Services requirements for Funding Agreements and MNDS reporting
  • External and Internal Audit processes
  • Requirements of the Disability Services Quality Assurance framework
  • Quarterly reports, or on request, detailing income received and all expenditure
  • Staffing requirements and obligations

There is a $1000 initial set up cost which buys:

  • Support planning and budget setting
  • Employee recruitment and worker training assistance
  • Information about staffing, legal, industrial, insurance issues
  • Administrative support for the initial 3 month period

You Connect will initially provide consultancy of four hours per month, charged at $39 per hour, this time to be used as directed by the individual/family. This will be reviewed after 6 months and adjusted as necessary.

Any work undertaken by You Connect, over and above that outlined in the Host Agreement is charged at a flat rate of $45 per hour.

ABN

22161515420

Contacts

Contact name:
Matt Stone
Contact position:
Manager
Contact mobile:
0424 052 980
Contact email:
youconnectconsultancy@gmail.com

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