Jayne's story

Before the NDIS, the responsibility for my care lay with my sister, Sheila, who suffered from poor health and feeling exhausted. I now have in-home support, giving my sister a break from having to work so hard attending to all my needs.

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With Multiple Sclerosis, I suffer serious Restless Leg Syndrome which makes my sleep patterns disturbed. Before the NDIS, the responsibility for my care lay with my sister, Sheila, who suffered from poor health and feeling exhausted. But through my funding, I have the support of night shift carers and in-home support, giving my sister a break from having to work so hard attending to all my needs.

Being creative is one of my favourite things to do in life. I love to write poetry and create eco-friendly art. I have plan management with Plan Partners who have freed up my time, sorting out all the boring bits of receiving my NDIS funds, so I can concentrate on doing what I enjoy most. I can more easily explore my passion for art because I have access to transport to take me to art museums and my weekly woodwork classes. I’m also studying cert 111 in Micro Business for a venture I have to make pictures out of pressed flowers from weddings, which I can turn into tributes about people’s loved ones.

Plan Partners connected me to my support coordinator, Lauren, who communicates my needs to the NDIS and providers, as well as working out the costs of my carers. She goes above and beyond that though, being especially encouraging and giving me support with my art.

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Being creative, for me, is like planting a seed, nurturing it, then watching it grow into a big, happy flower (a sunflower or gerbera).

- Jayne

Jayne’s pressed flower artwork with two interlocking hearts to represent eternity. For this piece, Jayne used real bridal flowers and non-toxic Windsor and Newton watercolours with 24kt gold leaf around the hearts.

To follow Jayne’s story and see more of her artwork, visit her website florallyimpressed.com

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