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Rock art created by our CP program

What is the Community Participation (CP) program?

The CP program is designed for school leavers with moderate to high support needs who require an alternative to supported and paid employment, vocational training, or higher education.

The CP program has a key focus on life skills, accessing the community, and participating in community based activities based upon an individuals support plan, desired goals and desired outcomes.

The Different Types of CP

Centre Based CP – This is when the program is operated out of a central Ballina location within a group setting while still accessing the community.

Community Based Individual Programs – This type of program is more 1:1 individual support (as opposed to a group atmosphere). This can depend on the support needs of the individual and can be combined with Centre Based CP to increase social awareness. It can also can focus on helping the individual with TAFE studies, going to the gym, small trips/outings, etc. It depends on the individual.

Activities Covered in the CP Program

The main aim of the CP program is to develop life skills with a strong focus on community access and participation in ordinary community environments.

The coordination and delivery is flexible and diverse. Some activities include:

  • Arts and crafts;
  • Dances and music programs;
  • Riding for the Disabled (RDA);
  • Cooking and healthy eating programs;
  • Picnics and barbecues;
  • Day trips;
  • Individual and programs such as gym work, bowling, and swimming.

Medication and Medical

All medication needs to be prescribed by a doctor and Biala requires a doctors printout to be supplied listing all current medication taken (prescription, over the counter, and PRN), the dosage and time to be taken.

Biala has a medication policy that requires all people needing medication to have their medication packaged in a Webster-pak or its original pharmacological packaging with the dosage and time of administration printed on it if it is to be administered by a staff member.


  • Biala cannot accept any medication not in its original packaging or dispensed into another container.
  • All medication must be dated with the date of packaging and opening to ensure Biala’s medical standards are met.
  • In the unlikely event of an emergency (medical or otherwise), any medical emergencies will be managed in accordance with Biala’s policies and reporting hierarchy.

Service Fees

Biala has a fee schedule for its supports provided. This will be discussed with you at the time of your enquiry. The fee structure varies depending on the services required. Please call us for an appointment to discuss possible fees, services and our fee structure.


  • Service users funding covers all staff support, coordination and planning. However any expenses relating to the program cost need to be paid for. (i.e. costs can range from RDA, to movie tickets, to lunches, to admission fees etc.)

Looking for more information?

For more information, or an opportunity to discuss how we can help you, please contact our Community Participation Program Team Leader, Tayla Livingston on 6686 4763 during business hours. Or you can email your enquiry through to enquiries@biala.org.au and we will get back to you.