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Message from Vicki

We hope you enjoy the new way to keep you informed. Our aim is to send out this newsletter on a quarterly basis to advise you of NDIS updates, Windarring events, what’s happening at our sites and encourage you to share your experiences and thoughts with us. 
Any feedback, items of interest, disability or NDIS information that you have found useful or problems that you may have encountered are most welcome.

This is our collective opportunity to share experiences.
It’s wonderful to meet so many parents and families’ at the quarterly meetings held at each site. We learn so much from you about how to improve services and programs.

We would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to a few new people. These key people are making huge differences behind the scenes:
Joti Kaur – Chief Finance Officer
Lisa Woods – Human Resource Management
Robyn DeBoar – Administration
Carley Reynolds – Finance Officer
Tarren Davis – Finance Officer

The Team Leaders are:
Gisborne - Justin Hunter and Helen Bonnage
Kyneton - Wendy Frencham
Castlemaine - Kim Stevens and Chris Lambie
Bendigo - Phil Walsh
Community Living and Respite - John Forster
Peter Young – manages the Disability Enterprise businesses.
If you’re looking for up-to-date NDIS information it is worth checking out National Disability Services (NDS). The organisation represents Windarring at a state and national level.
One item of interest on the NDS site is that Victoria will join NSW and SA in adopting the National Quality and Safety Framework on 1 July 2019. It will be mandatory for all new staff to complete the NDIS Orientation Module. All new and current Windarring staff will do the module.

This year Windarring has added the opportunity for clients to join us for 50 weeks of the year. Feedback from people who are now participating in a 50 week program is that they are enjoying the flexibility this now gives them for planning other things in their lives. As plans come up for renewal, we will offer this opportunity to everyone. However, if a client wants to stay on a 46 week program we can still accommodate this.

Thank you for your continued support and feedback.
Vicki Poxon, Acting CEO

From the Board...

Chinka Steel, ChairpersonThe Board would like to thank all parents who have enthusiastically supported the introduction of parent meetings at each site. The feedback has been tremendous.

We have also received lots of great ideas from parents about the various opportunities that Windarring could introduce. These ideas have included volunteer horse riding to clients establishing micro businesses.
We would encourage you save Friday 12 July 2019 for a workshop in Kyneton - location to be advised.
The aim of the workshop is to work with you to establish a procedure around the client journey at Windarring and how we work with you to ensure Windarring delivers client-focused services and programs.

Each site has a board director who attends all the parent meetings.
The directors are available to talk to you if there are any specific issues. All outcomes from the parent meetings are provided to the whole board.

The directors who attend the site meetings are:
Gisborne           Jan Mahoney
Kyneton             Bette Sartore
Castlemaine    Chris Chaplin
Bendigo             Vera Brown

Chinka Steel, Chairperson

NDIS National Day of Action

Congratulations everyone for supporting our clients, parents, carers and families to be aware of the National Day of Action on Friday 3 May 2019.
At all of our sites and across Australia there were morning teas and other events to ensure that together we would make the community aware of ongoing NDIS issues. Read more here.

What is Zero Tolerance?

Zero Tolerance is an initiative led by NDS in partnership with the disability sector.
It assists disability service providers to understand, implement and improve practices which safeguard the rights of people they support.

Windarring fully supports the Zero Tolerance commitment to recognise, raise and respond to any deviation from the human rights of people using disability services. It is a personal and Windarring commitment to always have our eyes open and always be doing better to support rights. Read more here.

The Nesting Project, Castlemaine

Castlemaine Windarring participants were invited by mother and daughter team Merri and Jenny Davies, to be involved in the Nesting Project which was a beautiful community arts initiative that weaves together individual’s stories and items into a human size nest. A place making installation for people from all walks of life to contribute to. We were lucky enough to be the first group to begin the weaving process so seeing it from start to finish.
Windarring participants and staff took along colourful materials that been donated to Windarring Arts program. Also staff took along some of their own recycled materials to weave into the nest.
This was really enjoyed by all participants and staff, also meeting other community members and sharing personal and Windarring stories.
Some staff and participants attend the launch of the Nest held on 17 March.
Merri and Jenny both made mention how much they enjoyed have Windarring participants and staff being  part of the Nesting project.

Acorn collecting at the Oak Forest

Castlemaine and Millend clients participated in a project in April where they collected acorns from under the trees around Camp Reserve and in the Oak Forest at Harcourt.
The acorns were fed to pigs at a farm in Harcourt, which create a very special type of ham normally only purchased in Spain. 
Our clients had heaps of fun being involved in the project and it was a fantastic team building opportunity. Plus strenuous exercise! What an amazing experience.


In April, two clients who work on the Meals on Wheels program helped a man on their round who had had a fall. Jason Sturt and Graham Moore alerted their support worker of the fall and stayed with the man and made sure they were safe and calm until the ambulance had been called and help had arrived.

We also started a new partnership with BUPA Kyneton this year. The clients go to BUPA and help make and serve morning tea and then talk to the oldies there. Sometimes they go for music on a Monday afternoon too.

Community projects
Chris Palamountain was was requested by Access Skills Training to be the voice on their advertisement that ran all month on 91.9FM and RRR.  

Out and About
A few of our clients have just started going to the RSL for Morning Melodies once a month, which they throughly enjoy.

Joseph Smith Windarring CastlemaineGreat Achievements - Client Story
Joseph (Joe) Smith is a driven and positive young man who attends Windarring Disability Services in Castlemaine.
Joe is involved with various projects and activities around Castlemaine and the greater North-Western Victorian region.
Read more about Joseph here.


Independent Train Travel
Luke, Jessica, Shanah and Emma from Gisborne have been independently using the community bus to get to the station and independently travelling on train to Woodend. Read more here.

Supported Living Program

On Monday 29 April, a group of clients took off for their long anticipated Gold Coast holiday, landing at Coolangatta airport to bright blue skies and beaming warm sun.
Everyone enjoyed a ride to the accommodation where we checked into rooms and explored new surroundings for the week. The first night was spent shopping and planning activities for the week ahead.
Movie World was the first attraction to visit on Tuesday, with everyone enjoying the variety of shows and rides on offer. Good times were had by all, arriving back to the accommodation feeling rather exhausted.
On Wednesday, Wet 'n' Wild was the chosen destination for the day; enjoying the slides, rides and sights.
On Thursday, everyone enjoyed Sea World. The weather was nice and warm and everyone was very tired by the end of the day.
After arriving back at our accommodation, everyone decided to go out for tea at the Surf Club. Later that evening lots of laughs were had talking over the weeks of worth of adventures.
We would like to thank Leisure Options for planning the holiday and our staff for their great work in supporting such a magnificent group of people on their annual holiday. Well done.
Anyone wishing to attend more holidays such as these or have any ideas or suggestions for the next adventure, please contact John Forster.
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