Kynd is a new way to connect people living with disabilities with support workers. The Kynd platform allows NDIS participants to match their specific needs and interests with support workers who are most suited to their requirements, while for support workers it gives the freedom for work when and where they want and with the people they want to assist.
Michael Metcalfe says he started Kynd because “for too long the way people living with disabilities and support workers got together was so complex – everything was so frustrating and such a hassle. It’s 2021 and NDIS support needs to become much simpler”.
The Kynd app was started on the Gold Coast three years ago and after some spectacular growth in South-East Queensland is now rolling out across the state, with plans to expand nationally in the future.
As the app has grown in popularity, more people living with disabilities have been able to find the right support workers based on their unique interests, goals and support needs. This includes students who need support workers to assist their university or other studies.
For those people living with significant and complex physical disabilities, specific qualifications can be extra important for support workers, but there are many opportunities across the sector for those support workers without any formal qualifications too.
Michael Metcalfe says there is a huge demand for NDIS services such as companionship, mentoring, social support and assisting people to access and interact with their community, studies and local events.
Accordingly, people from a diverse range of backgrounds with varying skill sets are realising that there are many business and work opportunities in the sector and by registering on the platform they are able to have greater say in where, when and how they want to work.
“That’s why Kynd has been so popular with students and people looking for flexible income options. Students now have the opportunity to do more meaningful work and support their studies, beyond traditional retail and hospitality jobs”, says Kynd’s founder.
One student who has taken up that opportunity is Griffith University’s Mikhael Eremeev, who is now supporting a teenage boy to help build his social skills and confidence.
Mikhael has found the experience not only personally rewarding, but also a valuable source of income to supplement his living costs. “I’ve recommended Kynd to my friends because it’s an easy and efficient way to find clients, especially if you don’t have enough work”, says the International Tourism and Hospitality student from Russia.
The Kynd website provides advice on how to setup as a Disability Support Worker and also has a number of resources to help new support workers get started. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a disability support worker on Kynd visit their website.