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!

 

Chantel B's work with The Growing Space includes co-designing and building NDIS-related workshops and e-learning resources through our ILC Learning project, and a newly created role to work to keep our clients safe from abuse, neglect and poor provider practises. She is a person with disability and is close to finishing a PhD at the University of South Australia on understanding how people living with disability experience inclusive policies within education. She is active in a range of advocacy activities in her community, and is passionate about people with disability living better lives through access and inclusion.

 

Jocelyn N is a not very old person who lives with a significant physical disability. She loves her role within TGS Learning team, using her knowledge and supporting others to thrive in life and navigate the NDIS with confidence. An adventure seeker, jumping out of a plane, white-water rafting or swimming with sharks she is also passionate about advocating for equal opportunities, true inclusion and choice, especially education and sport. Jocelyn has been heavily involved in advocacy on a state and national level, has a background in medical science and is currently chasing down a law degree to further her work.

 

Joanne C is working as Support Coordinator and is a member of our Learning team. She has a background in psychology and training, and offers The Growing Space and those we serve a unique perspective (and reminders to caption things!) as a blind woman. Her youth and energy (and exceptional tech skills) are very welcome on our team, as are her fluent spoken Chinese, Indonesian and Malay language and related cultural supports.

 

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.

 

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 is a local filmmaker, he attended Flinders University and graduated with Honours. After beginning as a support worker he began producing video content for the Growing Space earlier this year. Outside of his work at the Growing Space, Brendan works as an editor, producer, and 1st assistant director. Brendan is very proud of the work he has done with the Growing Space, and he hopes you get a lot out of these webinars.


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.