Woodville Alliance team with Powerhouse Youth Theatre for film project

Working with the Woodville dancers is an immensely rewarding experience. Personally, I learn a great deal about my core values and about teaching and facilitating processes. Not only with people living with disabilities but with all people. Linda Luke, Choreographer

 

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For Choreographer Linda Luke, the creative process is all about trust, respect and time.

We’re excited to be partnering again with Linda and the Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) on a creative project for our Disability Services clients.

’Dance Diaries’ follows on from a beautiful photographic book project that PYT co-created with a group of our Disability Services clients in 2015, ‘Being Moved’.

The ‘Being Moved’ participants were so thrilled with the end product of that project, they couldn’t wait to be involved in another.

Our involvement in ’Dance Diaries’ was featured in the Fairfield Advance newspaper late last year.

Image on left: Robert Pozo, Fairfield Advance. Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

 

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Linda creates an environment where our clients can express themselves, be extremely focussed and really throw themselves into the creative process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Along with performing, clients were also involved in the film-making process.

For more information on Linda Luke’s ’Dance Diaries’ film project and to keep up to date, you can visit her blog.

Find us on Facebook and like our Facebook page ‘Woodville–Alliance’ to follow this project. We’ll be sharing updates on ‘Dance Diaries’ there as well as updates on many other exciting things that are happening across Woodville Alliance.

Woodville’s Disability Services support adults with an intellectual or physical disability.

Pumped for the new year, being awesome

 

hello-2017It’s a new year and 2017 promises to be a year of exciting opportunity at Woodville. For our Disability Services clients the start to the new year means seeing friends again, returning to activities they love, being involved in their community and exercising choice and control – the cornerstones of the NDIS. And that’s exciting.

But for some, the new year means a time of change and transition, adapting to a new environment and being introduced to many new faces.

Before our doors opened again for the new  year, our staff focussed their energy on getting to know the young group of school leavers who are joining us.

For this group of young adults with an intellectual disability and their families, it can be a time of excitement but also some anxiety and uncertainty. That is why we invest time and effort to ease this transition, for our new clients and for their families.

After all, the person is at the very centre of all the work we do at Disability Services. It is all about you. So we spend time getting to know you, getting to know your family and supporting you to prepare to transition to our support service.

We spent the first day back to work in 2017 learning more about our new clients and with the help of Jeramy Nusco from Northcott, we had an update on person centred behaviour support.

Jeramy’s insights into the philosophy around behaviour support reminded us about the ethical issues, human rights and legal requirements around behaviour support.

The ADHC definition of challenging behaviour may be defined as: “behaviour…of such an intensity, frequency or duration as to threaten the quality of life and/or the physical safety of the individual or others and is likely to lead to responses that are restrictive, aversive or result in exclusion.”

The one big truth revealed on the day was this:

The number one way to address behaviours of concern

And the answer is simple. The number one way to address behaviours of concern is to ask ‘why’.

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‘Why’ boils down to the very crux of the matter — what causes behaviours of concern? Are the behaviours of concern as a result of frustration? Boredom? An appeal for attention?

By asking our clients with an intellectual disability the simple question ‘why?’ we can show empathy for the reason for behaviours of concern and take steps to support them to exercise choice and control.

Jeramy observed a room full of ‘person centred’ vibes yesterday. That’s because our passionate team of staff put the person at the heart of everything.

“The time invested in finding out about the new people coming to Woodville is awesome!” Jeremy said.

“The way staff referred to the incoming clients —their likes, dislikes and their personalities— was terrific. It was clear to me the staff viewed them as young people with the same needs as us: respect, engagement and support.

“Staff were smiling about the new people when describing them, making me excited for what new dynamics those people could bring in to Woodville,” he said.

To talk to one of our NDIS experts, call our Disability Services number on 9722 5200.

 

Community Christmas Party

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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.

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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

End of year close down datesAll 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

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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.

 

 

 

 

community_support_fairfield_christmasIt’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.

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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.

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“Woodisability_support_bloomingartsdville 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

Raw creative talent of Woodville client in the news

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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.

farokh_paintingArtists 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

zumba_allabilities_Woodville_AllianceMeet 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

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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.woodville_art_exhibition

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.earth_echoes_woodville_alliance

woodville_choir_montclairWe 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-annual-report-cover

 

 

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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