Future Planning for Disability Services with Windgap
The Windgap Foundation provides residential, vocational and day programme services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families in south-west Sydney.
During First Semester 2012, a team of five students from the Masters of Business Administration—Jamie Parker, Imran Hossain, Keith Jeffs, Veronika Roth and Philip Radburn—worked with Windgap on a feasibility study for the organisation to expand their services to in-home support for clients. The project was supervised by Dr Natalia Nikolova.
|Image Caption (left to right): Lisa Andersen, Veronika Roth, Molla Hossain, Joanne Darcy, Keith Jeffs, Jamie Parker, Philip Radburn and Natalia Nikolova at the project presentation on 2 June, 2012.|
Their comprehensive work will assist Windgap to future plan for the proposed move in NSW from a organisation-centred to a person-centred disability funding model; following the lead of Victoria and the UK where individuals choose their service providers and the care services they require. Anticipating this change, Windgap approached UTS Shopfront in 2011 for support in their planning to move forward under a new funding model.
MBA student Jamie Parker said, “This project represented a great opportunity for our project team to apply our knowledge and experience in a real world situation."
"Our team gained considerable insight into the challenges that the not-for-profit sector faces and we were particularly impressed with the passion and commitment of the team at Windgap and the strong bonds that the organisation has with the local community.
"It was a privilege to be able to contribute in some small way to the great work that Windgap undertakes," he said.
Shopfront's Lisa Andersen praised the project. "The report the MBA team delivered for Windgap was, without doubt, one of the most impressive pieces of work I have seen during my 16 years faciliating student community projects at UTS," she said, "And I've seen a lot of high quality projects!"
"I congratulate them and their client, Windgap's Joanne Darcy. This project is an outstanding example of the value of pro bono university-community engagement projects," she said.