Community Christmas Party

 

On Tuesday, 20th of December 2016, Woodville Alliance organised a community Christmas Party for local kids and their families. This joyful celebration of the Festive Season and the beginning of school holidays, took place at our colourful Earth Centre in Fairfield East. The day was filled with laughter, excitement, tasty food, fun activities, dancing, singing and a very special visit from Santa Claus. Santa gave out close to one hundred presents to kids and young people of all ages, which was made possible by a generous donation from The Salvation Army.

The moment Santa Clause and his loyal Elf entered the Earth Centre a stampede of kids flocked around them; to hug them, take photos with them and receive a present. One by one, they reassured Santa that they were good in 2016 and that they definitely deserve a present, or two. Other popular activities were pass-the-parcel, cookie decorating, photo booth, face painting and temporary tattoos.

 

Woodville’s Community Initiatives staff who organised this event were just as excited because they were able to mingle with the local community – for the first time at the wonderful, vibrant and kid-friendly Earth Centre. The feedback from attendees was very positive and in 2017 we look forward to taking the community Christmas Party to a whole new level, and hopefully organising it jointly with local children and parents. If you are interested in taking part in that or initiating other events and activities for local kids and families, get in touch with us in 2017!

We wish our whole community a wonderful summer break, a Happy New Year and for those who celebrate, a Merry Christmas!

Holiday close down times

All Woodville Alliance services will close over the Christmas/New Year period 2016/17. Details are:

Early Childhood Education and Care: 16 December – 15 January CLOSED

If you have any enquiries, please contact our Head Office on 9722 5200

Disability Services program: 16 December – 9 January CLOSED

Head office: 23 December  – 2 January CLOSED

Giving back to our community

The stars are shining brightly in Fairfield.

The sky may be cloudy but there’s a brightness and lightness in the air at the Fairfield site of Woodville Alliance.

 

It’s because Santa’s little helpers are joyfully wrapping gifts for children whose families have attended a community groups, program or activity hosted by Woodville’s Community Initiatives team.

It’s that time of year and our Community team is embracing the season of giving by extending the festive spirit to local community members who we support. We’ve teamed up with the Salvation Army to bring some magic into the lives of children.

So get ready to be dazzled and delighted at the ‘End of Year Celebration’ we’re hosting next Tuesday.

But you need to RSVP so please call Danielle or Greg on 9724 3807 now!

All abilities choir rocks the house for IDPwD

Earth Echoes, the Woodville Alliance Disability Services choir, rocked the house at the opening of an accessible event in celebration of International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD).

The choir is one of the many activities chosen by clients who access Woodville Alliance’s Disability Services and is based at our Fairfield site.

In the lead-up to IDPwD on December 3, the choir was invited to perform at disAbility Rocks, hosted by Fairfield City Council and the Parks Community Network. The celebration kicked off with a grand performance by the choir, made up of Woodville Alliance Disability Services participants, all of whom have an intellectual disability.

The choir was featured in the Fairfield Advance the next week, in a story about IDPwD.

 

After some initial nerves, the Earth Echoes choir sang their hearts out to the audience. Watched on by members of the public and a group of Disability Services clients, the choir got the audience moving and clapping along to ‘Rock around the clock’ and ‘I believe’.

Events like disAbility Rocks, that are inclusive and accessible to people with a disability, help to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with a disability. By working together, we can all work towards celebrating abilities and breaking down barriers that exist.

The theme of IDPwD this year is Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want , which is aimed at creating a more inclusive and equitable world for people with disabilities. The United Nations is challenging us to imagine the world in 2030, fully inclusive of people with a disability. It is all about “leaving no one behind”. The UN has dubbed it #Envision2030.

In other activities for IDPwD, a group of Woodville clients were chosen to exhibit their art in the Blooming Arts exhibition which opened on 3 December  (International Day of People with a Disability), as mentioned in our previous blog post. Woodville Alliance Manager, Person Centred Practice, Suzanne, was there at the opening and was lucky enough to view the work of our talented artists.

“It was really wonderful to see the names of our clients on the Blooming Arts program and to see their art exhibited in such a beautiful space, alongside many impressive works of art.

 

“Woodville client artists and their families travelled to the Inner West for the exhibition opening and the experience was something totally new and exciting,” Suzanne said.

 

Blooming Arts is open until Sunday 18 December, for all the details, click here.

For more information about NDIS approved disability supports in Greater Western Sydney, contact Woodville Alliance Disability Services on 9722 5200 or email ndis@woodville.org.au