Congratulations 'Jordy Can Do Errands For You'!

Jordy Can Do Errands For You is celebrating its fifth year in business.

Jordyn ‘Jordy’ Threlfo’s is known to people in the Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Maitland CBDs for his smile and amazing work ethic.

'Jordy Can Do Errands for You' is an errand and small jobs service designed as a 'time saver' service for clients who work in the CBD. It offers excellent rates, a client loyalty program and service with a smile.

Jordy's services include shredding, vacuuming, window cleaning, letterbox drops, cleaning golf carts, deliveries and pick ups – all things that can save businesses time on busy days.

Jordy includes his clients among his friends and recently celebrated the success of his business with them.

Visit Jordy's facebook page for more information.


Photo source: @JordyCanDoErrandsForYou 7 June 2017 Facebook post

Photo source: @JordyCanDoErrandsForYou 7 June 2017 Facebook post

Finding Yellow Newsletter Winter 2017



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We treasure our volunteers

Finding Yellow staff continually work in partnership with our clients to enable them to live an engaged life. But there are times when our staff simply cannot do it all, that’s why the assistance and support of our volunteers is vital.


Simply put, we couldn‘t provide the amazing service we do without them. Their generosity touches every part of our organisation: the board who make the key strategic decisions about our operation are volunteers, Social Circles regular activities and holiday programs are supported by the work of volunteers.


Our volunteers come from many places, have many faces and bring their own unique skills to Finding Yellow. We appreciate everything they do for us. Would you like to join our volunteer team? We’d like to hear from you!



A new partnership

We’ve got some wonderful news to announce. Nine months ago we partnered with Ability Options and ConnectAbility Australia to put in a joint tender to manage the NSW Government Disability Accommodation Services in the Hunter. We were successful! Our accommodation partner will be Evolve Housing, who will manage the tenancy of all clients in the existing homes. 


So what happens next? Our immediate priority is ensuring that the next stage of this transition process is as seamless as possible for clients, their families and support staff and delivered with understanding, respect and integrity. 

Right now, for Finding Yellow staff, it’s business as usual, with all our existing programs continuing as normal. By the end of the year, with the transition of these services completed, we will be well-positioned to head into an exciting 2018.



Are you getting the right NDIS services?

The NDIS is up and running and it’s great to see the positive impact it is having on so many lives, but it can be a tricky system to navigate. Finding Yellow’s Support Co-ordination Service has found that despite many people being eligible for particular services they are not getting them. Sometimes people get a great NDIS plan, but don’t really know how to make it work for them.


Services accessed under the NDIS are more flexible than most people think. We are available to discuss your plan with you, looking at what existing services are in place and exploring what else you might be able to access. We have found that often people coming to us for help don’t feel confident to organise their own services, or are using providers outside their local area, with the result that their funds then get chewed up in travel costs.


Finding Yellow is here to help, we can assist you to get started with your NDIS plan, by working with you directly, or referring you to the right supports. It’s a valuable exercise to undertake as you can then get a better understanding of how the scheme works and how your plan can be used to meet your personal goals and ultimately enhance your life.


Recently one of our clients thought all he needed was a cleaner, when his personal needs were actually more complex. These needs could be addressed using his plan, but he required assistance to develop it, so that it could be more appropriate for his life. He now has so many more supports in place, with more services in the pipeline.



From lunch dates to ocean cruises – come and get social with us

Through our service Social Circles clients get the opportunity to make new friends, learn life skills and most importantly have fun. The Social Circles program includes regular events at their centre or heading out and about to try out a new café for lunch or go on a coffee date. We visit museums and galleries, go to concerts and love to try new things.


Social Circles is now developing in another new direction, with the NDIS allowing us to offer different kinds of activities, this time tailored to smaller groups and based on clients’ requests.


As a client-centered service we ask ‘what would you like Social Circles to develop for you?’ and the answer drives our programs. On the drawing board are activities focused around lifestyle skills such as cooking classes, fitness groups and skills development in the area of shopping and making good nutritional choices.


One new program we are particularly excited about is our Men’s Group. Our male clients determine what activities their group will be doing, with their first outing being a public transport return trip from Cessnock to Maitland. There they walked along the banks of the Hunter River, went out for lunch and returned home in the afternoon. It was a lovely day and the group is now meeting regularly.


Our holiday program is continuing full-steam ahead and we are thrilled with its popularity, with the holidays quickly booking out. We are currently planning a new Pacific Island cruise in November and bookings are open now, so if you are interested please don’t hesitate to be in touch. It is great to see the enthusiasm for our holiday program.


A new addition to our Social Circle team is Donna who comes to us with extensive experience in the travel industry, perfect for developing our holiday projects even further.



Delicious winter fare on the menu at Hutton Street

With the cold weather approaching our clients living at Finding Yellow’s Hutton Street accommodation service have been inspired to try out some new hearty recipes in their big kitchen.


A recent hit was ‘cauliflower toast’, a hearty open sandwich and a real meal in itself. Picture a toasted sandwich of finely minced cauliflower, layered with avocado then ham topped off with a free-range fried egg. Yum!


Best of all the eggs came from our own hens and the cauliflower was grown in our own garden. Hutton Street’s backyard has four dedicated vegetable gardens full of fresh produce and herbs. It’s a great way for our clients, who look after the gardens, to have nutritious food easily at hand. Our sweet chickens Elsie, Daisy and Delilah provide us with eggs every day and are much loved by us all.


Clients’ winter tips and holiday memories

Our Hutton Street clients have some great ideas for keeping warm and enjoying the crisp winter weather. Lisa says her top tip is to head straight for the kitchen and make home-made soup, because the best way to keep warm is from the inside out. For Vicki, a loyal Knights supporter, it’s about putting her knitted Knights blanket on her bed, a sure sign that winter is here.


Great memories of a recent summer cruise a number of our clients took is still fresh in everyone’s minds. For Stephen it was a holiday he truly loved and would be quick to do again. What was his favourite memory of the high seas? The large movie theatre on the ship was a revelation and the High Tea was a gastronomic delight with the food described as ‘beautiful’.



Meet Ssanyu

Ssanyu is a female name from Africa which means ‘joy’ or ‘gladness’. It comes from the Luganda language, one of the main spoken in Uganda. Why are we telling you this? You might have seen Ssanyu, she is the scarecrow living in the front garden of our accommodation service in Hutton Street, Cessnock.


The garden is a lovely green spot where clients and staff can sit, enjoy the flowers and plants and soak up some welcome winter sunshine.


Taffy, one of our volunteers, who has a particular fondness for Ssanyu, recently decked her out in some new glad rags for winter. She’s now wearing a stylish yellow jacket with a diamante pin and a matching golden head dress. Very chic!



Hello and goodbye

It’s a big ‘hello’ and ‘welcome’ to new Finding Yellow staff, Wendy, Alison, Jordan, Robert, Donna, Annie and Michelle. Also joining us are volunteers David, Allison and Cathy. Good to have you all on board! Moving on are Chele and Lou, we want to thank them both for all their hard work and wish them every success in their new endeavours.






Cessnock's Accessibility & Inclusion Plan

Cessnock City Council adopted a Disability Inclusion Action Plan in June 2017

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan (2017-2021) was developed in consultation with the community and provides a strategic framework to ensure everyone enjoys all aspects of community life.

The Plan has four focus areas:

  1. Develop positive community attitudes and behaviours
  2. Create liveable communities
  3. Support access to meaningful employment
  4. Improve access to services through better systems and processes.

    Each focus area has a list of actions for all areas of Council to improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disability living and visiting the area.

    For more information visit the Council's website.


    Supported accommodation in Cessnock is in safe hands

    Hunter Valley Disability Services Ltd was chosen for the transfer and operation of 37 NSW state-run disability supported accommodation homes across the Hunter Region

    Hunter Valley Disability Services is a not-for-profit consortium comprising of local organisations that are well-respected in their communities, including Finding Yellow, Ability Options, Connectability Australia and accommodation partner Evolve Housing.  

    Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, said the successful providers had strong histories of supporting people with disability and proven track records in rural and regional areas. 

    Finding Yellow and its consortium members are committed to the people they support. The consortium will focus on ensuring the transition for residents, their families and support staff is as smooth as possible. The transfers are expected to commence from 1 December 2017.

    We are really excited by this wonderful opportunity and look forward to welcoming participants, families and staff, and ensuring people with disabilities live inclusively in their communities, assisted by support services delivered with integrity, respect, compassion, innovation, diversity and understanding.  Mr Fred Van Steel, Consortium Chair.

    The NSW Department of Family and Community Services will continue to provide affected staff, residents, their families and guardians with more information leading up to the transfer. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the transfer process, contact Transfer Connect by email or toll-free on 1800 870 789 from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

    Information is also available at and

    Welcome Tony!

    A new housemate with an amazing smile

    This year we welcomed Tony. This was a big move for Tony as he has lived at home with his mum and dad for his whole life.

    Tony has been keen to develop his independence. He loves helping others and is learning how to use public transport to get to work at Caloola. A bonus for Tony is that he now shares a flat with his best mate Shannon.

    Tony’s favorite activity is bowling, which he participates in weekly with his housemates. 

    'Come and Try Day' at Cessnock PCYC

    Finding Yellow, in collaboration with several of Cessnock’s disability service providers collaborated to host 'Come and Try Day'

    According to the Cessnock Advertiser, about 200 attended the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 'Come and Try Day' at PCYC Cessnock on Friday, 2 December 2016.

    All people – with and without a disability – in the Cessnock community were welcomed to come along and try a number of sports and recreational activities, including wheelchair yoga, wheelchair basketball, soccer, cricket, bocce, music and art.

    “The day aims to celebrate the achievements of locals living with a disability, while raising awareness around the importance of inclusion,” said Endeavour Group Australia communications officer Kate Krajewski

    The event was been organised by a volunteer committee of local disability service providers, community groups and Cessnock City Council.

    Event partners included Finding Yellow, Cessnock PCYC, Endeavour Group Australia, Ability Links, House With No Steps, Amped-Ability, Challenge Community Services, Choices, Cessnock City Council, the Mai-Wel Group, All Ability Sports Coaching and Zumba with Kim.

    Photo Source:  Cessnock Advertiser , 5 December 2016

    Photo Source: Cessnock Advertiser, 5 December 2016

    Art Exhibition | Cessnock Includes You

    Artists with disability were championed as part of the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebrations

    Cessnock Includes You showcased pieces from artists who participated in Mai-Wel Group’s inclusive creative arts programs at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery.  Exhibitions included installation, digital arts, music, sculpture and artwork.

    The works on display were mostly collaborative pieces created by program participants and mentors, with some works by individual artists. According to the The Advertiser, participants have also helped to curate the exhibition and one has even started volunteering at the Cessnock gallery.

    The CRAG hosted Arts4All community classes that strive to promote integration and collaboration between artists with and without disability, often exploring different mediums and ideas and using the inspirational surrounds of the current exhibition within the gallery to create both independent and collaborative works.

    Nine artists from the Mai-Wel program entered CRAG’s inaugural Spring Art Fair in September 2016.

    Maitland Regional Art Gallery also exhibited works from artists with disability.

    Photo source:  The Advertiser , 28 November 2016

    Photo source: The Advertiser, 28 November 2016