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Disability Services

Farewell, and thanks, to Olga

It was with gratitude and sadness last month that SCS and many clients farewelled Olga Zakrzewska, our Disability Services Manager, who created and ran programs for clients with a disability for 11 years. She was dedicated to her clients who numbered about 60 across programs such as the Social Club, Theatre Ensemble, Wednesday group as [...]

Review to expedite NDIS plans

  The first dedicated minister for the disability sector, NDIS Minister Stuart Robert, last month announced a review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation and rules to expedite people’s access to the scheme and their individual plans. While disability advocates and groups say they welcome much-needed efficiency improvements, they also say that any review [...]

New Ageing & Disability Commissioner – and review

Robert Fitzgerald, newly appointed NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner sees the role as an extension of a career which he has spent “helping protect vulnerable people”. Robert Fitzgerald, NSW's new Ageing and Disability Commissioner The Commissioner will be given 70 full-time staff and the power to initiate investigations or following a referral or [...]

North Ryde RSL grants new experiences

New destinations have opened up for two Sydney Community Services groups of adults with a disAbility, thanks to North Ryde RSL which made a $5,000 grant to be used for special events and experiences including theatre, marine and wildlife attractions. About a dozen adults with mild-to-moderate disAbility get together on Mondays and Fridays to enjoy [...]

Meet our client – James Russell

It’s another busy week for James Russell who works Mondays and Thursdays for Jigsaw, a document management service which pays award rates to people with the ability to digitise archives.  Today, James makes time to chat between data entry work and drama in the afternoon. Then, in the evening, it’s his favourite event, Social Club [...]

Meet our team – Rosemary Liu, Carer Support Coordinator

After living in the country, Rosemary Liu moved back to Sydney and took a job where she hosted people with dementia in her home – effectively running a day-care program for four clients. Previously a nurse, Rosemary soon added qualifications in community welfare which required a work placement. She undertook this with SCS, then Hunters [...]

A Review of Sydney Community Services Approach to Australian Disability Service Standards

Australia’s National Standards for Disability Services Australia’s National Standards for Disability Services drive, promote and promulgate the rights of persons with disabilities, whilst upholding a nationally consistent approach to service quality improvement. Importantly, Australia’s Disability Standards are not static but rather are continuously revised to reflect current societal standards, service models and philosophies and as [...]

Alan’s Story

Alan Small is in his early 60’s. He is a very independent person with a keen sense of humour and he can be a bit cheeky at times. Alan is visually impaired.  Alan has four siblings, two brothers who live either side of him, a sister whom he visited recently in Perth (all by himself [...]

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