Brisbane-based NDIS participant Willow, 18 years old, has recently started her arts and crafts microenterprise called Bibbidy Bop.
Bibbidy Bop is Willow’s creative outlet as she showcases her talent and skills in painting, baking, and creating a variety of home products such as bath bombs.
“I have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder – level 2. I am very creative, with skills and interest in painting, building Lego models and baking,” says Willow.
Willow is one of NDSP Plan Managers’ 2021 Bursary Program Winners and she has been awarded $1,500 to help kickstart her own start-up. As an artsy and creative person, Willow has always dreamt of creating a store where she can sell her creations. The bursary prize has supported her in purchasing the necessary art and packaging materials.
As Willow transitions from finishing school to joining the workforce, Bibbidy Bop is a true actualization of her personal goals. “By being able to start my own business, I can achieve my goal of self-employment and lead by example to others that having a disability is not a barrier to success,” she adds.
To see more of Willow’s items, visit the Bibbidy Bop Facebook page.
After the success of the 2021 NDSP Bursary Program (applications were open to participants in Queensland), NDSP continues its mission of giving back to the wider disability community with the launch of the NDSP Goal Getter Grant. This national bursary program will support the whole of Australia and it aims to award $5,000 to one (1x) National Grant Winner and $2,000 each to six (6x) State Grant Winners.
The NDSP Goal Getter Grant aims to support participants with their studies, to find employment, and to start their microbusiness.
Applications will commence on 1 June 2022, Wednesday and will close on 23 September 2022, Friday, 5pm (ACST).
To learn more about the NDSP Goal Getter Grant, click here.