About us

We are disabled people and families supporting our peers to live a full inclusive life in the community with choice and control.

Everyone who works with or for The Growing Space Learning is a person with disability and/or has or has had a family caring role. Check out our main website for more information about what we do: www.TheGrowingSpace.com.au 

This is a brand new website, if you have purchased an e-learning course and something is not right please email learning@thegrowingspace.com.au

Natalie H manages our TGS Learning ILC Project. She has a Bachelor of Nursing and has worked in Paediatrics and Community Nursing across Adelaide for close to 15 years. Natalie has two daughters who have NDIS plans. She also supports her father through his NDIS journey after having a Stroke. Natalie loves working with an amazing ILC team all with lived experience in disability to produce some awesome resources for the disability community. Stay tuned! 
 

Taryn W is an integral part of our TGS Learning team, has a background in local and state government communications and engagement, and loves finding ways to share knowledge and information. Her true skills lie in her DIY work, recently fixing both a broken wheelchair handle and a kitchen tap with zip ties. 
 

Ben P is working as a marketing assistant to The Growing Space - interviewing, producing and editing videos about the NDIS for our Learning team. Ben has a passion for inclusion, and for getting great outcomes for people with disability. Ben has an intellectual disability and is actively involved in self managing his NDIS plan. He is a member of Julia Farr Youth, an Every Australian Counts National Champion, National School Inclusion Project Mentor, Access2Arts HeartBeat Club committee member, Microenterprise Ambassador, and frequently presents at conferences about disability and the NDIS, Ben has represented Australia in Athletics at the INAS Global Games and has a deep passion for music. 
 

Zac C lives with an intellectual disability due to Kabuki Syndrome, he works in The Growing Space Learning team and is all kinds of awesome! Zac is a happy, positive person, who loves to do his best and is not shy in front of a camera. Zac’s insight and contribution to the Learning project is phenomenal. In the future he would like to be a Support Worker for young adults. 


Emily O is passionate about universal design and works in The Growing Space Learning team. Emily has been living with a disability her whole life and knows that it creates new ways of seeing the world. Being adventurous and exploring the world are key focuses for Emily. They give her the opportunity to learn, grow and have fun, while making awesome memories.  Emily is a creative writer with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing).  
 

James N is a team member in The Growing Space learning and is an Active member in the LGBT Community. James has worked in the performing arts industry as a trained opera singer and has previous experience as an employment support worker in the employment services industry, assisting persons in need. Through James’ lived experience with disability it has given him a clearer understanding and empathy to the diverse needs of other people within the disability community. James brings diversity and fresh ideas to The Growing Space. 


Angela K brings creative insight to The Growing Space Learning team. She is a writer, poet and artist, writing blog post about her life, poetry and short stories mostly horror. She is currently studying Creative Writing at Flinders University. Angela is a person with a disability who is often seen with bright coloured hair and coloured stockings. She is more well known by her nickname ‘Machete’ that she got through participating in Roller Derby. 
 

Brendan K is our filming and editing extraordinaire with patience a plenty working with The Growing Space Learning team to produce all the e-learning videos.  Brendan is a local filmmaker working in film production as a producer and editor and has a BCA (Honours) (Screen) from Flinders University.  Outside of this Brendan works as a support worker and teaches filmmaking. Brendan is very proud of the work he has done with the Growing Space. 
 

Jon P has joined us to manage our ever growing IT needs and offer senior management support to the team. Jon is an MCSE and keeps our security and privacy tight, keeps Sam in check and is an invaluable member of The Growing Space team. Jon has been a carer for a family member with psychosocial disability for more than 20 years. Jon always wears a hat, and that helps people with prosopagnosia to know who he is. 
 

Sam P is a Member of the NDIA Independent Advisory Council, and their Self-Management reference group, the SA Safeguarding Taskforce, the Inclusive School Communities Project steering group and also is an active consumer health advocate and leads two NDIS ILC Projects - one which aims to better support self managing participants, the other which engages disabled people and family members to co-design and deliver useful workshops. Sam holds many advisory roles in government and organisations across Australia, and has a particular interest in public speaking and plainly spoken, clearly answered training and communications about the NDIS and disability related topics. She is a board member of the CountMeIn Foundation, which aims to increase awareness and takeup of Universal Design principles in public, commercial and residential spaces, and of Disability Intermediaries Australia, the peak body for Support Coordinators and Plan Managers in Australia. She is also board member of accommodation provider, Lutheran Disability Services. 


A special thanks to Jocelyn N, Joanne C and Chantel B to being an important part of developing content for the e-learning modules and videos for The Growing Space Learning.