STEPHEN’S STORY

Since moving from his family home into Hutton St in October 2009, we have watched him flourish.

Far from holding him back, Stephen approached his everyday challenges with determination and pride. His goals were to achieve employment, participate in his community and create a pathway to independence. Stephen uncovered his confidence by chasing these dreams and he has inspired us all.

Stephen plays an active part in his community with assistance from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, our Finding Yellow support workers and the Endeavour Group He participates in activities and events and proactively uses 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!

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.

Finding Yellow Newsletter Spring 2016

 

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!

Jenny Field

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.

To stay up to date on the program for the day search @cessnockincludesyou on Facebook or like the Finding Yellow Facebook page.

STEPHEN’S STORY

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!

Social Circles

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.

LISA’S STORY

You will always find Lisa with a bright smile and consideration to take the time to ask how you are.

Lisa has lived at the Hutton St Home for around five years now. When she first moved in, she was completely dependent on her father and sisters to look after her, she lacked the confidence to participate in the community and she had never worked. 

The daily tasks like cooking, cleaning or just getting around that we sometimes take for granted have been all the more difficult for Lisa. Like any person we work with, Finding Yellow focused on individualising supports for Lisa. She set her own goals and aspirations, then we worked with her to help achieve them. We helped to increase her confidence, self esteem and awareness of her own abilities. We worked with her to build her independent living and life skills, such as cooking, cleaning and maintaining her own room and travelling to and from her work place safely and independently. 

Lisa has truly inspired us. 

Lisa has made huge strides towards her independence and both her family and Finding Yellow staff are rewarded daily by her achievements. 

Lisa now works 3 days each week in the Laundry at Endeavour Group and recently obtained her Certificate II in Laundry Operations. Congratulations Lisa!!! 

Lisa lives a healthy lifestyle through better food choices and regular exercise. She contributes to domestic duties, cooks for the household on a weekly basis with the support of a staff member and actively participates in the fortnightly house meetings and training. 

One of Lisa’s goals was to go out for a cup of her favourite “hot brew” independently. With training, support and encouragement, Lisa has now achieved this goal. Every Saturday morning, Lisa takes a taxi to one of the local cafes where she enjoys socialising with the friendly staff over a cup of coffee. Full of smiles, Lisa returned home stating “I love it, I finally get to do what I want to”. 

Finding Yellow Newsletter Winter 2016

Finding Yellow Newsletter Winter 2016

As a friend of Finding Yellow you may have noticed the achievements that we have made over the past few months together. 

Since the beginning of 2016, we have welcomed two new members to our Board, made tracks toward the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and taken on full responsibility for Disability Social Circles. 

Jenny wins Community Services Customer Service Award

We’re excited to share the news that Jenny won the Customer Service Award for Community Services sector at last Friday night’s annual customer service awards at Cessnock Leagues Club.

Staff, residents & families had a wonderful night celebrating with Jenny & thank Cessnock Chamber of Commerce.

For the full story & photos, visit the Cessnock Advertiser’s website.

Jenny nominated for Customer Service Awards

 

Tonight Finding Yellow will be celebrating the wonderful contribution Jenny has made to our organisation at the Cessnock Customer Service Awards. Thanks to The Advertiser Cessnock for a great ad and Cessnock Chamber of Commerce for hosting.

#‎Cessnock #‎GreatCustomerService #‎Inspirational

 

Timeless Textiles Stitch-a-thon 2014

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Timeless Textiles in Islington NSW will host a 14 hour Stitch-a-Thon.

Participants are invited to drop in anytime beween 6am and 8pm and add a stitch or two to a long white ribbon. This day will not only recognize the achievements of women in our community but also contribute to the campaign to end violence against women.

All donations will support White Ribbon Australia

For more details click on the links below

White Ribbon

White Ribbon Stitch pdf