A weekly dose of community connection

“Wellbeing: a state of being comfortable, healthy or happy”

This is one definition of wellbeing. Another way to look at wellbeing is a consistent state of wellness.

Feeling connected with your community is an important part of wellbeing, which is why Woodville Alliance hosts barbecues weekly at our community garden, to bring members of the community together.


There is no need to RSVP to these events and everyone is welcome. Our aim is to assist the community in creating cross-cultural and cross-generational understanding as well as community harmony.

The barbecues take place next to the Villawood Community Garden which is open for people to visit during the barbecues. The garden provides people with an opportunity to create positive hobbies such as gardening and helps build their team work skills.

It’s an opportunity for members of the Villawood community who might be socially isolated to meet new people, have a chat and a bite to eat. After all, it is a well-recognised fact that  eating together fosters a feeling of belonging and better communication. Through this program we have already met some wonderful community members who have shared their stories and passion for their local community.

These community conversations are one of the ways Woodville listens to what the community wants, which is how we work towards a better future for all.

The people who attend the barbecues seem to agree.

Where: Urana Street community garden

Time: 10am to 12noon

When: every Wednesday

For more information, call us on 9724 3807


Supporting our client families + NDIS


Woodville Alliance is hosting the next series of NDIS Workshops for our client families.

Families are invited along to our centre to get the latest on what to do when you get your NDIS Plan, how to understand it, what to expect and more.

When: Saturday 29 October OR Thursday 3 November.

call us on 9722 5200

Invitations have been sent out. We look forward to supporting you through this next stage of NDIS transition and sharing food together.

The workshops follow on from the NDIS workshops Woodville hosted earlier this year.

Those who attended the workshops told us that we hit the mark with the information we provided, and that they appreciated receiving support through the NDIS transition.


The workshops are just one of the ways Disability Services is supporting our client families to understand the NDIS and what to do to get the plan you want. Through meeting with families, talking with them and answering their questions, we have been there all the way.

By listening to our families, we are adapting our service offerings to make sure that we can deliver the supports that will help people with an intellectual disability to live the life they want.

Powerhouse Museum hosts world premiere film!

A film with a difference had its world premiere at the Kings Cinema this week.

The red carpet was rolled out, autographs were written and it was an event filled with excitement, pride and a lot of happiness.



The film project was the brainchild of a man with an intellectual disability. Mark set himself the goal of seeing himself on film and Woodville Alliance helped make it happen.

But Mark wasn’t the only one to benefit from his idea, a group of other clients made the trip into the city to the Powerhouse Museum to create ‘The Mysterious Whale of Hawaii’. The film was made possible by a collaboration with our Powerhouse Digital Learning partners.

“It puts a smile on my face” said one participant who came up with the story idea for the short film. The clients from Woodville not only acted in the film, they co-wrote the script and arranged the music.


For the Powerhouse Museum team, working with Woodville clients offered up their first experience working on a disability access project and according to Courtney Stewart, it proved to be very rewarding.

Courtney was part of the Powerhouse’s first movie making project with Woodville, ‘The Banana Bread Muffin Saga’. She sees the project as a way of leveling the playing field for all abilities.

Following the world premiere of the ‘Banana Muffin’ movie, the word spread amongst Woodville clients about how much fun it was to make a short film. So a new group of clients set the goal of taking part in making a movie.


“It was a lot of fun for us, we felt really redundant,” Courtney said, “the group was really good at making a mystery comedy film!”

Tamara, the mother of one participant who attended the launch this week, said her daughter had gained some confidence from being part of the movie making group and it was great to see her doing something different and ‘out of the box’. For Tamara, it was all about having a go and she enjoyed seeing her daughter do a happy dance every day she had attended the movie making program.


A number of clients spoke to the launch guests following the movie premiere, and thanked the Powerhouse staff for supporting them along the way.

“We’ve really come a long way. Thanks – we really appreciate it,” said Wasim.


From small beginnings, and Mark’s individual goal, a group of adults with an intellectual disability had the chance to travel into the city from western Sydney over eight weeks and  do something amazing.


Students get a taste for disability services

TAFE students buddy with Disabilities Support Staff


This month Woodville Alliance is playing host to TAFE Disability Cert III students.

Students from the South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE (SWSi) are getting a taste of what it’s like to work in a disability services organisation.

The TAFE students are getting first-hand experience of supporting people with a range of abilities, buddying with Woodville support staff as part of their 120 hours of work. With enthusiasm and willingness to learn, the students are getting exposed to the vocation they have chosen to study, by providing person-centred support to people with an intellectual disability.

With the rollout of the NDIS in Western Sydney, it is expected that up to 3,300 more jobs will be created to meet the needs of around 8,000 people with a disability seeking support. Western Sydney is expected to see the highest growth in the state. The forecast is that the NDIS will create an economic and jobs boom in NSW over the next three years. You could argue it has never been a better time to seek work in the disability services sector.

Meanwhile, Woodville staff have received great feedback from the students who are benefitting from working alongside our experienced support staff.

It’s part of our ongoing partnership with SWSi TAFE.

We look forward to soon hosting another group of TAFE students who are returning for part two of their work hours placement. These keen students will be gaining experience working alongside support staff at our Independent Community Based Options (ICBO) base, supporting Woodville clients with an intellectual disability to access their community and be a part of local activities.

These TAFE students are lucky enough to dip their toes in the water at Woodville and see how our committed staff live out our values in all the work they do guided by ethical behaviour and informed by our professional skills and experience. If you are interested in learning more about working at Woodville Alliance Disability Services, contact our HR team.

Intellectual disability no barrier to creativity


What’s in a sock?

In this case, it’s a token of appreciation!

A Woodville Disability Services client gifted these socks to one of our support workers after knitting them in her spare time.

Our support worker thought about wearing them next winter but then he thought again:
“I’m putting them in a frame!”

The client has an intellectual disability. She described the socks’ appearance: “this is daytime, night-time, and this the sun.”

Sounds about right!

This client has a talent for knitting and has produced neck scarves, drink bottle holders and more, as part of her hobby. You could say these socks are a symbol of the value the client places on the support worker.

We can’t wait to see her next creation.