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Autumn Newsletter.

So, the world is kind of scary right now (but I’m guessing you've probably noticed that). We are going through something that has never been seen before.

We can't fix the world but we can look after each other and do the best we can to make every day the best that we can. The aim of the Autumn Newsletter is to let you know that the Windarring team are doing everything that they can to support clients and families who are still attending and those people who have decided that is safer for them to be at home. One of the things I was incredibly proud from this week is the response of our amazing Windarring team. There have been the phone calls to clients and care packages dropped off at clients homes who haven’t attended Windarring for a couple of weeks. The staff wanted all clients to know that we miss them and can’t wait until things are safer and they can all come back and see their friends.

Our Team Leaders will be ringing everyone again after Easter to check in that things are going well at home. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help out with especially home supports, for example, a pamper afternoon, a walk in the park or some other favourite place, a call up on Zoom or Skype, or just a bit of respite. We are doing a number of services in home on a 1:1 basis.

Windarring is closely monitoring and responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert. The safety of all staff and our clients, parents and families are always our top priority. Until we hear differently from the Government all disability services are seen as essential service.

Vicki Poxon
Windarring CEO

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Please direct your questions to:
General inquiries admin@windarring.org.au or call 03 5422 7001
Team Leaders
Gisborne & Kyneton - Marnie Broomhall mbroomhall@windarring.org.au
Castlemaine - Kathy Harper kharper@windarring.org.au
Bendigo - Phil Walsh pwalsh@windarring.org.au
ADE Manager - Peter Young pyoung@windarring.org.au
Intake - intake@windarring.org.au
Finance - finance@windarring.org.au

NDIS information can be found at https://www.ndis.gov.au/ or https://www.facebook.com/NDISAus
and for COVID19 related information here https://www.ndis.gov.au/coronavirus

Things to do at home on the Internet.

We are all spending a lot more time at home. Here are some fun ideas!
A number of you have been at home in self isolation and possibly by now you are wondering what else can I do? We have been searching the internet for some interesting websites that you may want to try.
If you need anything from Windarring please give us a call. We have collections of games, books and art and craft supplies. We want to be able to support you all during this difficult time.

1. Animals at Home from Melbourne Zoo

The zoo is live streaming the animals! It’s fascinating to see what the animals get up to when thy think no-one is watching
https://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne

2. Music Map 
Type in any musician’s name on the homepage and it will give you a map of other artists you might like. The closer the names, the more alike the artist is. Give it a go and see if you can discover new music – it’s like having that mate who knows everything about bands in a searchable database on the internet. Not bad at all.

3. Geo Guessr

This game is beyond fascinating. It drops you somewhere in the world on Google Street View and you have to guess where you are. The closer you pinpoint your location on the map, the more points you get. You can even customise it so you can only be dropped in Europe or other regions. But for the real fun, you have to play the global version. Good luck when you try and differentiate a dirt track in Mexico with one in Australia.

4. A Soft Murmur

Just play around with the sliders to achieve your perfectly calming background noise. It’s impossible not to try every one and each has its own unique charm (we could listen to ‘fire’ all day every day)

5. A Good Movie to Watch

One of life’s perennial problems: trying to think of a good movie to watch. This website takes care of it with quality suggestions that aren’t exactly well-known. If anything, a few clicks of a random suggestion will get you to something that will catch your interest.


 

6. You and Exercise

Motivate You Disability Fitness Services is a multi-award winning professional business that specialises in working with People with Disabilities. Their programs are planned, structured, modified and customised to people with disabilities. Safety and injury prevention are also at the cornerstone of their philosophy and practice.

motivateyoudisabilityfitness.com.au
 

Deliveries of Easter care packages!

Our support workers have been busy pre-Easter getting care packages together to let our clients whom are at home during this time know we miss them!
Tegwen very happy to get her care package (Castlemaine).
A delivery to Bridgid (Gisborne).
James in the Easter mood and ready for deliveries of eggs! (Gisborne)
Joe doing a delivery of a care package (Castlemaine).
Joe visiting Daisy and having a safe chat through the window (Castlemaine).
Amanda in Easter outfit and putting together care packs for clients who are at home (Gisborne).

Garden Project.

Want to get involved in our garden project at our Baynton Street address in Kyneton? We are now planning to develop a community garden with fruit trees, veggie patches herbs and lots more.

Let us know if there is any garden tools you can donate! We are also looking for people willing to get involved. Please register your expression of interest with us to participate.
Call 03 5422 7001 or email tcavedon@windarring.org.au

Thank you Angie!

Our clients in supported living at Millend have struggled to have enough toilet paper in recent weeks. Support workers and clients approached both local supermarkets in Kyneton begging for help and support to no avail.

One Friday a group of our clients were at Angie's cafe in High Street. Angie heard the supported living crew discussing their plight about toilet paper. Angie and her partner approached us to offer some help – they sold us a box of 48 rolls at wholesale price to share among supported living clients which will be distributed among the houses and units that need them.

Yay happy humans!
And wonderful caring support from a little cafe. 
 — at Angies at Kaddys Cafe.

Animus have donated a whopping 50 bottles of their sanitiser to Windarring, which will get us out of trouble, as it is SO hard to get hold of in this crazy COVID19 world!

They have turned their distillery on Piper Street in Kyneton into making the sanitiser for the public to be safer!

As the label reads, 50% of profits for selling each bottle at $10 each, is donated back to the community in donated sanitiser!

AMAZING!!! And Thank you @animusdistillery

Go to their social media for details on how to get your hands on some.

Millend residents had a wonderful day creating their very own Cafe with extra support on hand. At Windarring we are endeavoring to keep their spirits high through this very tough period.

We focused on cooking comfort food. Kate out-did herself cooking bacon and egg pies and chocolate cream cakes to share at tomorrow social distance outdoor cafe.
Kate and Robbie helped set up the tables and chairs. All residents that were home took part in the cafe enjoying morning tea.

Billie, pictured above, made home made cookies and cooked dinner for Kate and herself.

Happy chef's all round.
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