Developing Artist Support Services

Homestay

NAISDA is proud to partner with families on the Central Coast to provide a safe family environment for our under age (16 & 17 year olds) from across Australia while studying at NAISDA.

The NAISDA Homestay program created in 2011 has been successful in helping many young people adjust to the pressures of moving away from home for the first time to undergo full time study.

Families who engage with the NAISDA Homestay program also partake in cultural events at NAISDA as well as developing a greater understanding of our unique Australian culture through the eyes of tomorrow’s artists.

All Homestay families undergo a complete induction to NAISDA and the program including a working with children check.

For more information contact NAISDA: 1800 117 116

Brett and I cannot quite believe how much we have learnt and how much our family has been enriched by our adoption into the NAISDA family.

We have been homestay parents for four years and have had three students live with us over that time. Our students have become part of our family, brothers and sisters to our children. Every family has busy lives – being busy should not be a reason to put off becoming a homestay family. Your students will fit in with your life and routine.

NAISDA is very supportive and will help you and the student with organising transport or whatever other concern you have.We have had the opportunity to learn about Indigenous Australia through our relationship with our students.

We know that it would simply not be possible for us to have the cultural understanding we now have without this relationship. NAISDA has broadened our perspective on Indigenous Australia and also dance. We have had the opportunity to see some really wonderful performances over the last few years and our entire family has developed a love of dance and dance theatre.

Becoming a homestay parents is a wonderful thing to do – for you and your family.

Anne Charlton


College Accommodation

As part of the NAISDA precinct NAISDA has seven four bedroom cottages within walking distance to the college.

These cottages are provided for the over 18 year old DAs  undertaking full time study at NAISDA. Each DA has their own bedroom with shared facilities.

All DAs who undertake cottage accommodation must sign a contract with the college and payment can be made  through direct deposit from Abstudy payments to NAISDA.

The cottages undergo regular inspections as well as maintenance.

DAs are required to pay a bond and weekly rent which is all inclusive – electricity, water, furniture, TV, utensils and washing machine/dryer are all part of the accommodation package.

For further information regarding cottage accommodation please see pg 32 of the DA handbook or contact:

Developing Artist Support Officer: Adelle Grogan on Freecall: 1800 117 116 or 4340 3100 or a.grogan@naisda.com.au 


Holistic Care

As an Indigenous Dance College, NAISDA is sensitive to the individual needs of our Developing Artist (DAs) and prides itself on a holistic learning environment.

Culturally-specific student services are a critical element of NAISDA’s holistic approach to ensure each DAs wellbeing, family connections and potential for success is supported.

Further support mechanisms are provided through a culturally appropriate curriculum, environment and communication strategies such as Yarn Time which is a weekly communication forum between staff and DAs for open discussion.

During the admission process, our Developing Artist Support Officers ensure that each DA has a health assessment and support for any health issues or injuries that could impede a student’s wellbeing and ability to learn.

Our Developing Artist Support Officers work closely with students that may be experiencing barriers to their dance training, such as family situations, health issues, financial hardship, and accommodation challenges.

NAISDA currently operates with a male and female Cultural Caseworker to uphold and honour the cultural practice of Men’s and Women’s Business.  We also offer support to DAs with accommodation services and case work coordination with other community service organisations with cultural integrity.


Transport

NAISDA provides a shuttle service to and from the college on a daily basis from Gosford railway station.

It leaves Gosford railway station at 8.45am and returns to Gosford station at 4.40pm each day.

NAISDA also runs a shuttle to Gosford on an as needed basis each lunchtime.

NAISDA provides transport to most excursions as part of the units of study.