I hope you all had a festive Christmas season and a great start to the new year.
At Finding Yellow, we celebrated the closing of 2016 with a nice lunch at Hutton Street with our family and volunteers. Thank you to everyone who came along. It was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and our lovely garden.
The last few months have seen us achieve some key goals. We are pleased to announce that all our clients now have their NDIS plans in place. The design of our new building has progressed and construction is expected to start soon. The new building will provide us with a private family chat room, staff training room and some much-needed office space. Our new bathroom has also been completed.
In line with our core objectives, we have made some recent changes to staff roles. These include welcoming Lorraine Mordue to our team as our Co-coordinator of Supports and Chele Hartrick as Social Circles Co-coordinator, taking over from Michelle Lyall who will be missed.
Lorraine Mordue has extensive experience in HR, quality assurance, and staff training. She has worked with a wide range of clients and families and is well-known to many people who access services in the local area. Lorraine will work closely with Jenny to roll out a series of professional development sessions for our staff aligned with the NDIS. If you know of anyone looking for Coordination of Supports for their NDIS plan, or just help with their plan, please suggest they contact Lorraine because they will get one of the best in the business.
Chele Hartrick is passionate about forming relationships and networks with clients, communities, and volunteers and providing client support. As we welcome Lorraine and Chele, we also say goodbye to Michelle who has been a valuable part of our team.
An important reminder: Our inaugural Golf Day has been rescheduled for 22nd of September. Please mark it in your diary and come along for some fun together. If you would like further information, please contact Chele or Merinda at Social Circles on 02 4936 1155.
Our new website and our first Finding Yellow video are almost ready, keep watch on Instagram or facebook for the announcements. You can also subscribe to our newsletter on our new website if you would like to receive it via email (which saves on the printing).
INSIDE HUTTON ST
Our Hutton Street clients have had a busy and exciting time since Christmas. Everyone went home for Christmas and some celebrated New Year’s Eve with a dinner and dance. Now we are well and truly back into our daily routines.
This year we welcome Tony, a new housemate with an amazing smile. This was a big move for Tony as he’s lived at home all his life with his mum and dad. Since moving in, 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 his best mate Shannon lives here too. Tony’s favorite activity is bowling, which he participates in weekly with his housemates.
Stephen has successfully moved out of the group home and has been increasing his independence daily with staff providing drop-in support.
This newsletter wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the heat! Despite concern of wilting, our photoshoot with Charlotte and the TRIBE Hunter team went smoothly. Thank you, Charlotte and the team.
The heat also gave us the added task of keeping our chooks cool and watered. They seem to be happy and have been kind enough to supply us with lovely, fresh eggs.
Thanks to Taffy (our treasured gem), our garden also survived the heat and has been very productive, providing us with beautiful fresh herbs and vegetables, including tomatoes, capsicums, cucumbers, and lettuce.
For more than a decade, the Hutton St housemates have sponsored a child with a disability through World Vision. Last year, our sponsored child graduated and wonderfully no longer needs our support. The housemates are excited and happy to take on a new sponsored child, Trieu, whose photo appears below. We receive regular updates on how she is going, which we share at our in-house meetings.
Feedback from the holidays has been fantastic. Everyone is looking forward to the next one, including Vicky. Vicky had not been on a holiday in many years. She recently went to the Elvis Festival at Parkes and said she had the best time of her life.
We have many upcoming holidays planned, including a few space lefts for the Hats off to Country in Tamworth. For more information, please call Chele, Lu or Merinda on 02 4936 1155.
Social Circle activities are a fun and relaxing way to catch up with friends. Since Christmas, we’ve visited many places and had some great experiences together. These include:
- Visiting local clubs and hotels in Maitland and Cessnock LGA
- Movie and DVD nights
- Picnics and BBQ at various parks
- Hunter Valley Garden Christmas Lights
- Christmas party at Kurri Kurri Bowling Club
- Dinner and dancing
- Australia Day disco
- Parkes Elvis Festival holiday
The Entrance weekend holiday, which included shopping, dancing at the disco, and enjoying some yummy food.
High tea at Ducks on the Field was our first Social Circles activity this year. For some, this was a new experience. Everyone had a wonderful day, enjoying how the food was served, the beautiful table setting, and the variety of delicious homemade treats. The garden setting also added to the lovely experience.
What’s new for 2017:
- Swimming Club (twice monthly)
- Craft Corner (twice monthly)
- Dolphin cruise
- Walka Water Works picnic
- Damien Leith concert
- Regular activities, including movie night, dinner out, tenpin bowling and DVD night.
For more information about upcoming holidays and activity or to give special mention to one of our volunteers, please contact Chele on 02 4936 1155.