Indispensability’s vision is to encourage a loving awareness of disability in every facet of St Jude’s to promote inclusion of those with special needs.

Indispensability aims to run disability specific programmes and to encourage an attitude of disability inclusion.

 

Why the name “Indispensability”?

“Indispensability” reflects 1 Corinthians 12:22, which highlights that the seemingly weaker parts of the body are indispensable.

 

What does Indispensability do?

  • Advise on practical changes which have included the provision of large print Bibles, improved access to the current facilities, adopting an Inclusion Policy and consideration about access for people with disabilities in the new facilities being built. This includes removing barriers so that people with disability can serve in

  • A monthly community rEcess respite programme for families of children with a disability provides respite for families from St Jude’s and families not connected to a church.

  • Starting a Sunday school buddying programme for children with disabilities

 

How can I get involved in Indispensability?

  • Think ability, not disability!

  • Volunteer as a Sunday school buddy or respite programme buddy for a child with disability

  • Join the indispensability committee

  • Get in touch with Natalie Ang at nattytan@gmail.com for more info or to share ideas

 

What sort of commitment is required?

  • Intentionally loving those with a disability shows the heart of the gospel – inclusion is a commitment for every Christian.

  • Sunday school buddies would be required to commit to completing Childsafe training and attending Sunday school with their buddy every second week.

  • Respite programme volunteers would be required to complete respite and Childsafe training and hang out with their buddy once a month for a Saturday morning during school term as part of a structured morning.

  • The Indispensability committee meets quarterly and is looking for more members, particularly to ensure more even representation of the various congregations.

 

More details on Sunday School buddying…

A Sunday school buddy has an amazing opportunity to minister to and bless a child with disabilities. By caring for a child’s spiritual and practical needs, the Sunday school buddy is able to encourage a child’s gifts and help them to be a part of the body.

Being a Sunday school buddy would involve going to Sunday school with your buddy every second week. Another volunteer would partner your buddy on the other Sundays.

As a buddy, you could help flag transitions in the Sunday school programme that some kids find stressful, help keep an eye out for issues and solutions, be sensitive to when your buddy is stressed, help with tasks and distractions, and communicate with parents about simple goals for Sunday school.

No special skills are required! You just need to have done the standard Childsafe training and working with children with disability training run by the St Jude’s indispensability team.

Get in touch with Natalie Ang at nattytan@gmail.com for more info.

 

More details on rEcess respite programme…

At each respite session, both kids with disability/special needs and their siblings are welcome. The kids with special needs are paired with a one-on-one buddy and siblings usually have a buddy or a 1:2-1:3 buddy:sibling ratio.

Buddies have undergone ChildsSafe training and training on working with kids with disability (conducted by St Jude’s disability team) and a Working With Children Check. Buddies generally come from St Jude’s Anglican Church.

Sessions either take place at a Community Centre (currently Brunswick House) or as an excursion to places like museums or the zoo. There is usually a theme for the morning and some sensory/play/craft activities and a trip to the nearby playground if the session is at the Community Centre. Sessions run from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Parents need to pack a snack and nappies for their children.

At the moment we have kids from 1 to 10 years old attending. There are forms that parents can fill out so that we can better look after your children.

Get in touch with Natalie Ang at nattytan@gmail.com for more info.