Small Stones!

We are very excited to share that four of our ICBO (Independent Community Based Options) clients graduated from the Small Stone Project on 13 April at a ceremony held at the Parramatta Town Hall. Big congratulations to Joanne Pang, Samar, Mona Malas and Fane Kate for all your hard work!

Small Stone Project is capacity building workshops that look at barriers and opportunities for young people with disability.  The project is for young people run by young people as well and organised in partnership with Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) and Woodville.  The main aim is to promote inclusion and participation of young people aged 16 to 25 years old from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Distinguished guests attended the graduation ceremony from the government and the NGO sector including the Hon John Ajaka, the Hon Sohpie Cotsis, the Hon Julian Finn and Dr Geoff Lee.  Our very own Joanne Pang sang the “Australian National Anthem” and provided entertainment by singing the song “We are the World” during lunchtime.

Mum’s Time Group!

See some pictures of our Mum’s Time Group making some beautiful craft!

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Strong Minds team out and about!

If you are at the Fairfield/Liverpool Youth Mental Health Summit today at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre we would love to see you! We are loving meeting people and talking all about Woodville Alliance.

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

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As the celebrations for a new lunar year come to a close our team joined in the fun with a wonderful lunch including a presentation on the cultural significance of the lunar new year.
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Earth Garden

Welcome back to a new year at Woodville! Some lovely shots of our Vegie Garden at the Earth Centre which managed to thrive over the holiday period. Our cooking program will soon be harvesting eggplants and bell peppers! Yum.

 

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Saying a fond farewell to 2015!

 

2015 has been a big year at Woodville and we have heard many stories of our client’s lives being enriched as they reach new goals and are very privileged to have shared a small part of their journeys. December was a month of celebration of all we achieved together as a community.

On Friday 11 December our Disability clients enthusiastically enjoyed their Rockstar! themed end of year party. Clients and staff all rocked their outfits and the staff put on a special dance for their clients to show their appreciation for all of the times they have danced, sung and presented for us! We look forward to seeing our clients again when services resume on 12 January.

Monday 14 December brought us to the graduation of some of our Early Learning Centre’s children who are heading off to school next year. It was wonderful to see them all dressed up in cap and gowns – and we are sure they especially loved the cake afterwards! We wish the Kindergarten class of 2016 all the best, and look forward to seeing all the other children back on 18 January for a new year filled with fun and learning.

On Friday 18 December our Community Initiative Team organised Community End of Year Party. During the party we had Ginger Bread House making – it was wonderful to see children engaging in hands on fun with their parents and grandparents (some families came with three generations!). We also have Wreath making that was not only popular with all the young kids – and the young at heart. We are sure there will be some wonderfully decorated doors this year!  Our volunteer youth were very busy with ball games, loops, tenpin bowling. The Community Initiatives Teams looks forward to hearing all about the holiday activities of our community on 4 January.

Woodville would like to wish everyone a safe and happy new year – we look forward to seeing you all in 2016!

2015 AGM

Our community gathered for the 2015 Woodville Alliance AGM on Wednesday 11th November for an evening of fun and some truly heartwarming stories.

The chair of our board opened with a traditional welcome and then we heard from Christine, Ashley and Suzanne of our Disability Services team who shared stories of three of our clients who reached their goals this year. We heard some beautiful singing from the EARTH Echoes choir led by Montclair. There must have been some sort of dust blown into the room because there was quite a few people seemed to have something in their eye!

We also had an interview with Tiara from the Coffee Cart Crew who talked about how learning to be a barista through this social enterprise helped widen her appreciation of coffee as well as prepare her for a return to work after her youngest started kindergarten  – she has now commenced paid employment using her skills.

We would like to thank all our staff, clients and community for a wonderful year and greatly look forward to next year and working together to reach even more goals!

 

 

Coffee Cart Crew

 

The wonderful Baristas from our Coffee Cart project have served their delicious brew at several of  our events now – you can find them at the end of the long queues of people eagerly awaiting their brews! More than a dozen graduates of our first ever coffee enterprise will make good in placements across South Western Sydney, with opportunities for jobs. Our partnership with local cafes, the Darcy street project, and local people have ensured we live up to the “Alliance” word in our new name.

One of our recent graduates, Tiara, talked at our AGM of how being a part of the project not only gave her opportunities to return to the workforce once her youngest started school next year but also gave her an appreciation for the large varieties of coffees out there – as a coffee lover this was a huge bonus!

 

Woodworking Artists

 

 

Over the past 12 months I have been assigned the particularly rewarding task of taking a group of 6 of our service users to a Woodwork program run by Afford Disability Services at Guildford. The group have gained many new skills and learnt to work with both hand and power tools to complete individual projects such as bird habitat boxes, planter boxes, letter sorters, spice racks, recipe boxes and stationary containers.

During the past 12 months the group have gone from associates to a team of focused and dedicated friends who have demonstrated pride and cooperation in every element of each task they complete. Most recently we completed our first group project – a coat rack. It now takes pride of place in the reception area of the Earth Centre.

Well done to the Woodwork Group – keep up the hard work!

 

Luke Hull

Long Serving Champion Support Worker

 

Parents and Carer’s High Tea

Fredney Gales and his team in the Independent Community Based Option (ICBO), one of our day programs in Disabilities, recently organized an afternoon tea for the parents and carers. This was held at the SWELL room at the Chester Hill Community Centre on Thursday. The room is home to more than 20 clients attending the ICBO program. A beautiful set of cupcakes prepared by our talented clients created the atmosphere of openness and networking as parents and carers enjoyed the delicious spread.

There was a wonderful opportunity for the parents, carers and staff to get to know each other. A video was played in the background showcasing the activities from the past months. Parents and carers had the chance to ask questions and speak to any staff with regards to their progress in the program. Everyone was so excited as to set up the tables and chairs and show the hard work that everyone has prepared.

We are looking forward to this new monthly event making our program accessible to parents and carers. We are so happy to have the opportunity to show our dedication to providing  care to our clients.