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Disability Services

Artistic freedom to express and surprise yourself

David Phelan’s ‘self-body state’   Clients were understandably well satisfied with the wonderful works they created at their art expression classes last month. Group social support art teacher, Margareta Odlin, introduced new techniques to evoke clients’ feelings, interests and  ideas of  self-image. Lloyd Edwards and collage Gary Chalmers with collage [...]

Social group Zooms in

Katie shows off her artwork at top left, while Manda Zhong, top centre, emcee the virtual Chatswood Social Club get-together We hate to disappoint but the latest restrictions to contain Covid 19 virus have meant our disability groups were postponed.  So this week, after dabbling with technology, we launched our first ‘virtual’ group [...]

We’re focused on the essentials

With a little help from our friends, aka fantastic volunteers, donors and staff – plus new safety protocols – we’ve been able to keep running our essential services of in-home nursing, meals and general support for vulnerable people, seniors and people with disabilities. This week we’re even offering virtual activities for a couple of groups [...]

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 [...]

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