In October 2003 a small working party of people with physical disabilities was formed. People of the working party were experiencing frustration and desperation at the lack of evening and overnight flexible support by service providers. This included such things as constraints on the hours in which support was provided during the night, occasions where support didn’t arrive, restricted set bed times, the strain on partners or aging parents etc. who provide support and the constant anxiety that if there wasn’t enough adequate support people could end up in a congregate care situation.
With support from the then Department of Human Services (now DHHS) Nightlife commenced as a pilot project in 2007. Now a service provider in its own right, Nightlife successfully provides in home flexible personal care support throughout the night.
Nightlife is a unique service that fills a gap in the disability support landscape. The support that is provided by Nightlife is uniquely tailored to the support needs of each person and delivered by well trained competent staff.
After nearly a decade of successfully providing night time support like no other service, Nightlife is looking forward to a period of multi-dimensional growth. This growth will include increasing the numbers of people who access the service, expanding the target groups that we support, adding to the geographical area in which we operate as well as diversifying the service delivery model to include daytime support and providing relief staffing where other supports break down.
Nightlilfe is an accredited, incorporated organisation who is also a registered charity. Nightlife is governed by a Committee of Management who oversee the governance and strategic directions of the organisation and the day to day operations are run by a small and dedicated Management team.
Nightlife staff are committed to providing dignified, supportive care. Our staff undergo intensive, ongoing training which encompasses manual handling, OH&S, professional development on disability related topics and immersion in Nightlife’s founding values and principles. All staff are comprehensively trained with each individual they are supporting to ensure the best possible outcomes for our service users, the staff member themselves and for the service itself.