Newsletter - September 2019

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General Manager
Until next month,

- Warm Regards, Helen



Just in With Jess

HR Coordinator
September has been a month for inspiration and gratitude for me. I am so lucky to be a part of Compass. I recently visited the Caloundra Centre and received a sewing lesson from the Caloundra Trainees. It has now inspired me to pull out my sewing machine from the cupboard and refresh my skills. My son was so intrigued he even had a go!
I also tagged along to the Snake Awareness Training at the Farm. Andrew was sharing his knowledge with the Farm Team and Trainees. Thank you to Bob who volunteered to be our snake bite victim for the training. You will see Bob on the farm often volunteering in the Woodwork area with Kez. We are lucky to have Bob a part of the Compass Team.  Andrew and Bob make the workshop fun and engaging for the Trainees. I thought I had a good grasp on snake awareness however, I now realise my knowledge is quite basic in comparison to the trainees who taught me a thing or two about snakes and where we may see them.
This month we have also welcomed Mark McKinnon who commenced with Compass as the Team Leader for the Gympie Centre.

Mark shared with us a little more about himself:

What are you passionate about?
Family and food

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
Spend time with my wife and kids, fishing, camping and spend time with friends

If you were an animal, what
would you be?
Golden Eagle

What is your all-time favourite quote?
Don't dwell on the things you've
lost or you'll end up losing the things you've got

What do you consider your
greatest achievement?
Having kids



NDIS Coordinator

Hi Everyone,

The NDIS Plan review cycle is almost here, which means your plan will be reviewed by the NDIS shortly - within 12 months of the start of your plan. The review is an opportunity for you to provide feedback to the NDIS on your plan and goals and the supports you are receiving. 

To assist you in this process Compass would like to meet with all trainees and their representatives to review the progress of the support provided by Compass and help you (if needed) to identify any future goals.

During these meeting we will be focusing on:
  • your progress and achievements over the past 12 months
  • what has worked well and what could be done differently
  • identifying if there are any new goals that you would like the NDIS to consider at your planning meeting
Compass will contact you to schedule appointments 6-8 weeks prior to the end date of your NDIS plan.
You will have received advice from us informing you of the recent changes with the NDIS Price Guide and the introduction of the Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP). The Transitional Transformation payment is for service providers, like Compass who provide community and centre-based activities. It is a conditional loading aimed to assist service providers with any costs incurred during the transition to the NDIS ongoing.

If you require further information or clarification regarding the TTP, please contact either myself or Alison at our Head Office on (07) 5445 9116.


Bye for now,


Latest with Lisa

Development Coordinator
Compass Charity Hoe-Down
 Supporters and guests at the Inaugural Compass Charity Hoe-Down dressed in their best country to help raise funds to support the work of the Compass Assistance Dog Program.  We were entertained by the Sunshine Troupe, Liam Brew and The Hillbilly Goats.  The mechanical bucking bull was a big hit!
A big thank you to everyone who attended, it was certainly a night to remember.
Sunshine Coast Lightning
 It has been a fantastic year as 2019 Charity Partner for Sunshine Coast Lightning.  Compass staff, trainees, families and sponsors have all enjoyed attending the Home Games as well as being involved with BBQ’s, activations and award presentations.  None of this would have been possible without the support of staff and Sponsors giving up their weekends to volunteer.   SC Lightning will play NSW Swifts in the Grand Final this Sunday. Go Lightning!!
Movie Night with WIN TV
Win TV very kindly donated 40 double passes to Compass staff and families to attend the screening of the movie “A Dog’s Journey” at the new Event Cinemas, Kawana.  Phil and Toddy came along to greet all of the moviegoers.  Thanks to Win TV for a great night out.
Buderim Foundation
It was a delightful morning of friendship, fun and philanthropy at the Buderim Foundation Ambassador Morning Tea.

I was asked to speak about the grant we received in 2018 for our Qld SLS Beach Safety & Awareness Program.  With the help of Qld Surf Life Saving and volunteers, all Compass trainees received a basic understanding of beach safety, water safety and sun safety and also received a Compass Sun Safe Rashshirt.

We were very well looked after by the trainees and staff at The Botanic Garden Café at Tanawha and it was wonderful to meet the people behind the scenes of the Foundation.  We have been successful again this year with a grant to help renovate the Farm Tennis Court into a new recreation area for trainees.


- Lisa

Compass Assistance Dogs

We are very pleased to announce the graduation of Monty to a fully qualified Compass Assistance dog today - we wish him and his new handler all the very best on their new adventures ahead. A big thank you to Ngaire his sponsor and Michelle for puppy raising him - a real team effort.


What’s happening at Compass Connections Café

More birthdays! Seems we are celebrating a birthday each week, sometimes two in the one week.  Always a good reason for a cake, this time Renee Ruming and Glen Randell enjoyed their birthday celebrations at the Café.  Lots of Compass visitors on site to sing a long for Glen on his special day. Renee enjoyed a quieter celebration with her special gluten free cup-cakes being a big winner.
We have welcomed a familiar face at Compass, now a new trainee to the Café, Dennis Oliver. Dennis is working and learning with the Monday team at the Café
and will soon be making coffee independently!
Our house baked muffins prepared  by chef Guy are proving to be a big hit. Both savoury varieties and sweet they're irresistible for customers!  Placed on the counter fresh from the oven, they almost sell themselves. A customer commented recently whilst eating her white chocolate and raspberry muffin "this is literally the best thing I have ever eaten!"
With Spring in the air lots of people are sitting outside enjoying the sunshine in the mornings at the Café. Our new garden tubs are providing a lovely setting to relax and enjoy the ambience with a cuppa and brekky or one of those famous Muffins!


Caboolture TAFE

Money, money, money that’s what it’s all about for the Caboolture Trainees this month in numeracy.  We are learning all about Australian currency, what our cents and dollars are worth and what they look like.  We have discussed what coins and notes we have and throughout the term we will work towards adding our currency to pay for items.  This will be combined with our Drama program, role playing out a shopping game where Trainees select grocery items and add up play money to pay for their items.  
Food Prep this term has us focused on the basic cooking skills we need to make standard classics, such as sandwiches, bacon and eggs, soups, bangers and mash and much more.  We find these recipes great to focus on as they are easy to bring back into our kitchen at home and of course very tasty.  We have been learning cutting, peeling, boiling and buttering just to name a few kitchen skills.  But most of all we have been having fun and reaping the rewards of a yummy lunch.
Through our Independent living skill sessions the Trainees have been actively working hard with a positive approach learning the skills required to become more independent while at Compass and taking these skills into their home environments. This month the Trainees have focused on washing their Aikido Gi, hanging them out on the line to dry, hanging them on hangers then onto the Aikido racks ready for their next session. Other tasks performed have been everyday house hold duties such as sweeping/vacuuming/mopping floors, emptying bins, cleaning fridges, wiping out microwaves, wiping sides, washing/drying dishes and much more.    


Caboolture River Road

We have been taking full advantage of the weather coming into spring and thoroughly enjoying our local walk with everyone. There has also been a lot of interest in sports out the back of the centre including rugby and soccer. 

This last month CRR worked on being ecologically conscious by implementing a centre recycling program. Our trainee James has really gotten in to the spirit of keeping our centre clean and contributing to the well-being of the park surroundings by collecting cans and utilising this new collection scheme to raise money.



Joshua has joined our Tuesday group he is enjoying his first sail at Sailability, he is a natural.
To honour Father’s Day, we have made some very tasty herb infused dipping oil for our dad’s to enjoy.
Chocolate Making Enterprise
As part of our Wabi and garden café hospitality program we have been trialling a range of lovely chocolates. Be sure to give them a try.
Digital Media
Our digital media group have been designing logo's.
Our Pottery group have been making a range of tiles as part of our planned mosaic project. We also have some lovely pieces coming through ready for sale at Wabi Sabi.



Through our volunteer work at The Little Haven Care Garden, we made networking connections with The Little Haven Op Shop who provided us with the opportunity to choose some selected items such as DVD’s and photo frames. Through the week, the trainees chose a photo of themselves and a frame which they also decorated, to be placed onto the wall entrance.

The Gympie team have begun an exploring team on a Monday with walks along the river, incorporating literacy and numeracy with scavenger hunts, counting chosen objects and recounting the adventure. We also test our hand to eye coordination with skimming rocks and throwing rocks across the river, aiming to hit an inanimate target.


Palmwoods Farm

Life Changing Honey Farm Crew attended the recent opening of Whites IGA in Baringa. Life Changing Honey is now available for purchase at Whites IGA.
Thanks to Australian Garages supermarket for the new animal feed shed ... you guys are amazing!
We are building an island for our ducks .. stay tuned for the amazing Duck Sanctuary.
First harvest of banana's for the Farm Team.



Our Tuesday group continues to enjoy Cotton Tree Park with the odd venture into Nambour utilising public transport.

The library visits are a great time for quiet reading or sharing books together.

This week James and Jill discovered and shared a fun fact with the group:

Did you know that whales weigh as much as 25 elephants, and a baby whale calf drinks up to 600 litres of milk a day!
Our Thursday travelers were excited to join the celebrations with Beefy’s on their 22nd birthday. Beefy’s gave away 5000 pies across all of their QLD Stores and we took 2 public transport buses to Buderim and claimed our free pies by saying Happy BIRTHDAY Beefy’s. We enjoyed our pies in Wirreandra Park  They were delicious.
Lightnings make it to the Semi Finals by winning against the Thunderbirds – Sam
I was lucky enough to attend the game with my carer and met some of the players like Steph Wood and Jacqui Russell. It was a very exciting game and I loved my special job of representing Compass and giving shirts to the players, I felt very important.

The Thunderbirds put up a great challenge for the Lightnings and the scores were very close at half time before the Lightnings streaked ahead winning by 21 goals.
Footy Tipping
As we draw to the close of the NRL season with only 2 rounds to go, our footy tipping score board shows some great results and excellent tipping.

Chris has moved ahead with a fantastic 28 point lead with Matthew and Haylei locked in 2nd position.
Soil & Soul Community Garden
Our hard work in the garden on Mondays is reaping a great harvest of  beetroot, cauliflower and lots of lovely fresh lettuce and spinach which the food prep group used for a lovely side salad for their quiche this week.
Wabi Sabi were very well prepared for Father's Day with beautiful cards and gifts.


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