As many of you will have heard the NDIS implementation has not been easy, we have been given a whole range of new challenges. At Finding Yellow we pride ourselves on our flexible attitudes and resilience which has proven to be a key strength over the past few months as our industry has been under immense external pressures. We look forward to NDIS appointing a new CEO and seeing some good results for our clients as soon as possible. In the meantime we are working on our business plans for 2017 with some exciting developments in the wings.
As always the helping hands offered to us by you are as important as ever. One way which we really need your help is by spreading the word of what we do and who we are. The more times you can share the name Finding Yellow the more help you are giving to all of us. We thank you so much for your support as we head toward the end of 2016.
We hope you are enjoying our newsletters. Our new website is almost due to launch and this will be another great way for you to keep up to date with all we aim to achieve. Updates are always on Facebook and we’ll be sure to include mention of when the new website is live.
Enjoy the warmer sunny yellow weather!
INSIDE HUTTON ST
Bringing about change to the clients lives by introducing new programs, activities and events is so crucial to what we do here at Finding Yellow. It’s essential for their development, confidence, lifestyle, skills and their individual pathways to independence.
We have welcomed a number of new initiatives to Hutton Street recently and taken our current programs to a new level of success for clients.
Recently we introduced ‘bloke time’ to the clients, an opportunity for the men to participate in bloke orientated tasks, such as repairing and building things for other clients. Males are naturally driven by their pride, so providing the men with the tools they need to contribute to their home is important in giving them a sense of self-confidence, involvement and achievement. One of our ladies also enjoys participating in these activities. Our vegetable garden and chooks have been in full production and the clients love to enjoy fresh, organic produce in their meals (Taffy’s green thumb has been much appreciated here). Lisa spoiled us all with a delicious stir-fry using the broccolini, Spanish onions and carrots from the garden. Thank you Lisa.
We have also had a couple of visitors to Hutton St since our last newsletter - a frilled-neck lizard who loves to laze in the sunny garden and Mandi’s new grandson, Jasper, who everyone absolutely adored.
Beyond the home, our clients from Hutton St spend much time out and about participating in local events and activities in the Cessnock community. From parading with lanterns for the Spring Awakening to helping to distribute cupcakes and promote Finding Yellow at the Community Connect Day, the clients have many exciting stories to share. We are working closely with each person at the Hutton St residence and are so proud of their achievements this year. Their yellow moments couldn’t be any more brighter or leave bigger smiles on our faces.
CESSNOCK INCLUDES YOU - COME AND TRY DAY
Finding Yellow are proud to be part of the planning committee for this year’s Cessnock International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) celebrations.
As part of our involvement, we will be helping to organise a multi-sport recreation day - Cessnock Includes You - Come and Try - that will be held at Cessnock PCYC from 10am-2pm on Friday 2 December.
This vibrant and fun day offers something for everyone - activities and sports to suit every ability.
We would love you to come along and try out some of the sports, such as soccer, cricket or wheelchair basketball, unleash your creative side in the art and music activities or, if you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, try your hand in the card games or stretch-out in a yoga class scheduled for the day.
This is truly an event for everyone.
Sharing the yellow moments of the clients is something that we take great pride in at Finding Yellow. It takes courage for the clients to overcome the challenges that they individually face and yet they continually surprise us with their willpower and achievements.
That has certainly been the case with Stephen. Stephen moved from his family home into Hutton St in October 2009 and since then we have watched him flourish, gain confidence and make huge strides towards independence. Far from holding him back, Stephen has approached the challenges he faces everyday with determination and pride. The confidence Stephen has discovered through chasing his dreams to achieve employment, participate in his community and create a pathway to independence has inspired us all.
Today, with assistance from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, our Finding Yellow support workers and the Endeavour Group, Stephen plays an active part in the community, partaking in activities and events and proactively using Public Transport. His dream of getting his first job is now a reality and now he works four days a week, a commitment he is very passionate about.
Stephen has shown an outstanding commitment to independence at home and his life skills continue to grow every day. In fact, Stephen’s abilities have set him on a new path in his journey, one that will see him transition into independent living within the community. Congratulations Stephen!
Stephen’s family are so proud of what he has achieved and share that “he is a very different man to what he was when he first moved to Hutton St. It’s wonderful to see how happy and proud of himself he is!”
Stephen has truly encouraged us all to set and work hard to achieve our goals. Anything is possible!
Our Social Circles activities have caused a buzz with our staff and clients and we’re so excited to be able to have more meaningful adventures and experiences for participants planned for the near future.
Some of the more recent leisure activities and supported holidays participants have enjoyed include:
- Gosford Reptile Park;
- Christmas in July;
- Several concerts;
- Maitland Repertory Theatre;
- Australian Infantry Museum; and
- A relaxing 8-day South Barrier Reef Cruise followed by a 5-day visit to Adelaide.
We continue to strive to better our facilities and services at Finding Yellow so that we can further benefit our people’s lives. We have recently received a grant to upgrade the bathroom facilities at the hall to better provide for the client’s needs, purchased a memorial bench to enjoy the cricket from and have applied for funding to renovate the kitchen so that we can offer independent living programs in important skill areas such as shopping, menu planning and cooking.
Our team of creative minds are looking at establishing two regular activities for the clients, including a Craft Corner, which is in the planning phase, and Swimming Club kicking off in late January 2017 and running on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.30-2.30pm each day.
We are also thrilled to be holding a Golf Day fundraiser at Stonebridge on Friday the 2nd of December this year. This is a proud moment for us to bring the broader community together to raise crucial funds to upgrade the flooring in Weston Hall for the clients. We hope you can make it.
If you would like more information on our upcoming activities, please give us a call.
We are always on the lookout for people interested in sharing in the sense of pride, joy and great memories that come with taking the clients out on our Social Circle adventures. If you are interested in volunteering or joining the team, please let us know.
Help us to find yellow… #FINDINGYELLOW
We are asking everyone to help us spread the word about the services we offer. By tagging the photos in which you and your family are finding your yellow moments with #findingyellow you are not only spreading joy but you are also helping us to raise awareness. Please make this simple move when you next post a picture on your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest. We really appreciate your support.