Raw creative talent of Woodville client in the news

 

The artistic talents of one Disability Services client featured in a news story in the Fairfield Advance on 9 November 2016.

Farokh’s talent as an artist is known by all who know him but it was great to be recognised in our local media.

His 70 x 100cm acrylic on canvas was created by taking a photo of himself which he worked from to create his artwork over a two week period. The painting is being submitted for consideration to be exhibited at the Blooming Arts exhibition, organised by Inner West Council. The Exhibition is a celebration of International Day of People with a Disability.

Blooming Arts staff have been working with Woodville clients to develop their artistic abilities, in a safe and supported environment.  The workshops support our clients to ensure they have choices in the sort of art project they create, the colours they want to use and encouragement to do their best.

Artists are invited to submit their art, giving an opportunity to people with a disability to showcase and celebrate their abilities in the art arena and to be acknowledged by their family, friends, peers and the general public.

Participants can draw and paint freely and express what they see in their mind. They have learnt many different ways to paint, not only using paint brushes but also other tools such as tree branches, leaves, flowers, a ball and sponges. They also created art works using textas, charcoal, pencils and oil pastels.

Disability Services General Manager Steven Lowrie said, “in this artwork Farokh intuitively uses contrasting colours. The brushstrokes and texture incorporated into the piece give the work a very contemporary feel.”

“Some people who attend our Disability Services cannot communicate verbally so art offers a wonderful creative outlet where they can express themselves. Through our goal setting program, our clients can choose to take part in a range of creative activities such as music therapy, choir, dance,  drama and film making.”

To find out how Woodville Alliance can support you with your NDIS plan, call us on (02) 9722 5200 or email NDIS@woodville.org.au.

Zumba AllAbilities

Meet new people, get fit, have fun and be supported at our Zumba classes.

For a limited time,our Disability Services team are offering places at fortnightly Zumba classes at our Mandarin St centre.

Classes are on a Thursday at 11am and are 45 minutes long.

We have a certified Zumba teacher for the classes and we are welcoming all abilities!

But places are limited, so call now to secure your place: 9722 5200

 

Annual report launched at AGM

At Woodville Alliance, we’re all about strengthening communities.

Last week we had the opportunity to showcase how we work towards achieving this goal when we held our AGM celebration.

The celebration showcased artwork from our Disability Services clients and an inspiring story about one of our Community Initiatives clients in a video presentation (stay tuned for more on that at a later date). We also launched the What Woodville means to me video.

In the video our very own staff, clients and families tell us, in their first language, what it is about Woodville Alliance that is special. Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese, Filipino, Auslan…these are just some of the languages of the CALD people we work with and support every day. The diversity of the community in which we operate is very much on show in this new video.

As is tradition at our AGM celebration, we witnessed a performance by the EARTH Echoes choir, a group of our Disability Services clients who express themselves through song. Led by Disability Support Worker Montclair and Woodville community member Lauren, the choir members absolutely love having the opportunity to showcase their abilities and love of singing. With passionate voices and movement, the choir members prove that intellectual disability is no barrier to achieving their goals.

We had an update from our Early Childhood Education and Care team and celebrated the 20 years of dedicated service by staff member Chriss. It is a testament to our organisation that Chriss was not the only staff member commemorating 20 years of service at our AGM. Disability Support Worker Luke was also presented with a certificate and gift marking his 20 years of service to Disability Services clients and families.

 

Our Annual Report 2015/16 is now available. It is a snapshot of the year in review and summarises how Woodville Alliance is supporting the people of Greater Western Sydney.

 

 

Woodville Alliance AGM date set

The Annual General Meeeting (AGM) of Woodville Alliance will take place on Wednesday 9th November at 5pm.

You are invited to attend this night of celebration, when we showcase our work. Woodville clients will provide some entertainment at the AGM, which is sure to be a treat!

Where:

Woodville Alliance
The Earth Centre
44-46 Mandarin Street
Fairfield East

Please RSVP Danielle or Maree
by 7th November 2016
Ph: 9724 3807

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