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Family Day Care delivers quality childcare

Intereach Family Day Care (FDC) has once again met the National Quality Standards for childcare services, in both NSW and Victoria.
The organisation’s most recent National Standards assessment was in January 2019 for its Victoria educators, while the NSW assessment was completed in June last year.
The NSW authorised assessor visited five educator homes – three in Deniliquin and two in Finley.
Intereach FDC nominated supervisor Bec Fitzpatrick said Intereach is a trusted organisation that offers quality and personalised childcare from the educator’s home.
“With significant changes to the National Quality Standards which came into effect in February 2018 this is a testament to the ongoing commitment to quality in all aspects of our services by educators and our staff.”
National Quality Standards set a national benchmark for the quality of education and care service and includes seven quality areas that are important to children: Educational Program and Practice; Health and Safety; Physical Environment; Staffing Arrangements; Relationships with Children; Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities; and Governance and Leadership.
FDC is available for babies and children under the age of 13.
“The best thing about our service is that you choose the educator and care environment that best suits you and your family,” Mrs Fitzpatrick said.
“We have more than 50 quality educators, including 10 based in Deniliquin and others in Finley, Jerilderie, Berrigan, Tocumwal and Moama.
“We also offer extended and flexible childcare hours – care can be arranged on weekends, school holidays, overnight and before and after school.”
Deniliquin-based FDC educator Lynda Grimison said she was proud to be part of the National Standards assessment. She also said she was grateful for her partnership with Intereach.
“Having external assessments to ensure high quality childcare are important, and it’s nice to know that you’re doing a good job,” Mrs Grimison said.
“And to have the supports provided by Intereach makes my job of creating a caring and nurturing environment for the children so much easier.”
For more information on FDC services, contact Intereach on 1300 488 226.

Photo caption: Bec Fitzpatrick and her son Nate with educator Lynda Grimison. 

 

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Home Care Packages

If you’re 65 and over, we can help you stay active in your community…..

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Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre – Griffith

Being a carer can be hugely rewarding, but it can also be hard work, stressful, and may leave you feeling emotionally or physically drained.

A Carer Support staff member will be available at the Intereach office in Griffith on February 19 and 20.

Carer supports may include:

  • Information and resources;
  • Education for carers, service providers and interested community groups;
  • Connecting with other carers through support groups;
  • Planning (longer term and for an emergency);
  • Counselling; and
  • Respite (emergency or short term).

To make an appointment or for more information, call 1800 052 222.

Intereach Griffith office is located at Shop 2/63 Yambil St.

Intereach Carer Support is available as part of the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) program.

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OOSH After School Care 2019

Intereach Out of School Hours (OOSH) – Deniliquin

Vacation Care for the 2018/19 summer holidays has wrapped up again for another year and After School Care starts this week!

To book your spot, call: 1300 448 226

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Buronga office closed

31/01/2019

Intereach services available in the Sunraysia area have been consolidated ‘under the one roof’.

Staff from our Buronga office have relocated to our organisation’s newest office, located at 41 Ninth St, Mildura.
The Buronga office was officially closed on Thursday, January 31 and had been operating from 2/10 Sturt Highway for about three years.

The Mildura office officially opened on January 1 this year.

Services offered from the Mildura office are National Disability Insurance Scheme Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI), Family Mental Health Support Service (known as Reach Out and Relax), Ability Links NSW, and Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre.

We apologise for any inconvenience the closure of our Buronga office may have caused.

For more information, please call us on 1300 488 226 or visit the Mildura office.

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Buronga office closed

Intereach services available in the Sunraysia area have been consolidated ‘under the one roof’.

Staff from our Buronga office have relocated to our organisation’s newest office, located at 41 Ninth St, Mildura.
The Buronga office was officially closed on Thursday, January 31 and had been operating from 2/10 Sturt Highway for about three years.

The Mildura office officially opened on January 1 this year.

Services offered from the Mildura office are National Disability Insurance Scheme Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI), Family Mental Health Support Service (known as Reach Out and Relax), Ability Links NSW, and Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre.

We apologise for any inconvenience the closure of our Buronga office may have caused.

For more information, please call us on 1300 488 226 or visit the Mildura office.

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ROAR holiday fun

Griffith Intereach staff members Sonia and Vickie put their best sock forward this week as part of an art and craft session held at the Leeton Community Op Shop.
Our ROAR workers hosted a handful of youngsters for a sock puppet making session, which Vickie said was a lot of fun.
“This is just one of the many ways our staff members are reaching out to young people in the community during the school holiday break.”
The Griffith team also have a busy couple of weeks coming up with other partnership activities (Community Skills Project).
If you’d like to find out more about the ROAR program, or Intereach holiday programs, please call 1300 488 226.

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Fond farewell for Friendship Group members

“Anything I can do to help somebody or the community I’ll do it.”

It’s this attitude that has made Dawn and John Leach such popular members of the Barham community for the past 17 years after relocating from Tasmania.
The couple – who are moving to a retirement village in Bendigo – have also been treasured members of the Barham Friendship Group for about 10 years.
Dawn said a friend initially invited them to join the group because they were short of helpers.
“We used to drive the bus once a week and pick up members,” Dawn said.
“We got a lot of enjoyment out of the group and would recommend it to anyone.”

The couple were recently farewelled with a cake and celebrated for their volunteer work in the community – they’ve driven cars for Home and Community Care (HACC) and helped out at the library, while Dawn helped start up a local cancer support group after surviving a cancer battle herself in 2010.
“We don’t want praise or anything like that, we just like helping people,” Dawn said.

The Barham Friendship Group meets each Wednesday at the Community Health Centre at the Barham Hospital from 10am to 3pm. Cost is $15 per attendance which includes lunch.
For more information, contact Intereach Community Support Team on 1300 488 226.

Photo courtesy of Barham Bridge newspaper.

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Free legal and financial advice

The Intereach Neighbourhood Centre / Community Hub in Deniliquin can help you access FREE legal and financial advice.
The Hub Coordinator can assist you to connect with the following services which are available at the Deniliquin Neighbourhood Centre each month:

• Financial counselling (Salvation Army Money Care);
• Family and civil law legal advice (Legal Aid NSW);
• Generalist legal advice (Hume Riverina Community Legal Service).

A Family Relationship Service will also be available at the Deniliquin Neighbourhood Centre on five occasions this year.
For more information or for help connecting with these services, please contact Hub Coordinator Rose Hill on 1300 488 226.

South West Tenants Advice is also available via phone on the first, second and third Thursday of each month from 10.30am-12.30pm. Call 02 6041 6699 for this service.

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NDIS Update – January 2019

Since our last E-News, we have been busy recruiting for local staff across Loddon, Mallee, Goulburn and Murrumbidgee to best support our communities.
From January 1 this year, the NDIS is now available in the Mallee and Goulburn regions. Most participants, families/carers and providers can expect contact from Intereach staff from now to support the development of their NDIS plan and form linkages to community and other government agency support.
If you’ve never connected with Intereach before, it’s natural that you might want to know more about us. Visit our website https://www.intereach.com.au/  to find out more about who we are and what other services we offer.

New Office Locations
Office Contact details
Shepparton 1 Sobraon Street, Shepparton
1300 488 226
ECEI@intereach.com.au
LAC@intereach.com.au
Mildura 41 Ninth Street, Mildura
1300 488 226
ECEI@intereach.com.au
LAC@intereach.com.au


International Day of People with a Disability

Intereach staff across NSW and Victoria joined in with local celebrations during International Day of People with a Disability (IDPWD) held formally on December 3, 2018. This year’s theme was access and inclusion in sport and the community.
Celebrations across the Intereach footprint included the launch of a recently installed kayak launcher for people with physical disabilities at Picnic Point near Mathoura, celebrating with the local community at the Bendigo Community Fest, taking part in the ‘Para Sports Come N Try’ event in Shepparton, enjoying good food and music in Albury, a poetry reading in Leeton, an Art in the Park celebration in Finley and taking part in outdoor activities and a BBQ in Mildura.

Check out why this day is important to one of our team members, Shivone: https://www.intereach.com.au/stories/shivones-inspirational-story/


 

NDIS resources and information

Three participant booklets are available to support people with disability and participants throughout their NDIS journey. The booklets are a practical tool to help people with disability, participants, their families, carers and the wider community to learn more about the NDIS, prepare for a planning meeting and to implement their plan.
The booklets are intended for use throughout a person’s NDIS journey and can be used to record key information, write questions and collect thoughts.
Booklet 1 – Understanding the NDIS
Booklet 1 covers:

  • Learning about the NDIS
  • Deciding whether to apply for the NDIS
  • Accessing the NDIS

Booklet 2 – Planning
Booklet 2 covers:

  • Understanding your current supports
  • Creating an NDIS plan to achieve your goals
  • Receiving an approved NDIS plan

Booklet 3 – Using your NDIS plan
Booklet 3 covers:

  • Understanding what’s in your plan
  • Learning how to use your plan
  • Choosing and managing supports and services
  • Reviewing your plan and progress

Want to know more about Self-Managing your NDIS plan? Check out the NDIS website to find out more.
Last edition we introduced you to what is Local Area Coordination and Early Childhood Early Intervention, follow the links to find out more.

Local Government Areas included in NDIS regions

Region Local Government Areas
Murrumbidgee Albury, Berrigan, Bland, Broken Hill, Coolamon, Edward River, Federation, Greater Hume, Griffith, Gundagai, Hay (ECEI only), Hilltops, Junee, Leeton, Lockhart, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Snowy Valleys, Temora, Wagga Wagga
Lower Fast West Balranald, Wentworth
Goulburn Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie
Loddon Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander
Mallee Buloke, Gannawarra, Mildura, Swan Hill


Where will we be during January and February?

A key part of our role is getting out and about in community to run NDIS information sessions, plan readiness, plan implementation, plan review workshops, as well as being present at events, festivals and other key places with our iVan. We have lots of great resources and fantastic staff who are happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have or offer support to access the scheme.

This newsletter will always include a schedule of where and when we will be in your community, so feel free to come and say hello. Another great way to keep up-to-date with our movements is by following our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/intereachdeniliquin/

Murrumbidgee

Albury
NDIS Self-Management Information Session
Wednesday 30 January 2019
10.30am – 12.30pm & 4.30pm – 6pm
Intereach Albury, 553 David St, Albury, NSW, 2640

NDIS Plan Implementation/Service Agreement Information Session
Wednesday 6 February 2019
10.30am – 12.30pm & 4.30pm – 6pm
Intereach Albury, 553 David St, Albury, NSW, 2640

Goulburn

Alexandra
NDIS Information Table
Thursday 31 January 2019
10am – 1pm
Alexandra Library, 49 Grant St, Alexandra, VIC, 3714

Broadford
NDIS Information Table
Tuesday 29 January 2019
10am – 1pm
Nexus Primary Health, 72 Ferguson St, Broadford, VIC, 3658

Cobram
NDIS Information Table
Tuesday 22 January 2019
10am – 1pm
Cobram Community House, 43 Punt Rd, Cobram, VIC, 3644

Euroa
NDIS Information Table
Thursday 24 January 2019
11am – 2pm
Euroa Library, 62 Binney St, Euroa, VIC, 3666

Kinglake
NDIS Information Table
Wednesday 6 February 2019
11am – 2pm
Kinglake Library, 19 Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake, VIC, 3673

Murchison
NDIS Information Table
Monday 18 February 2019
10am – 1pm
Murchison Neighbourhood House, 23 Impey St, Murchison, VIC, 3610

Numurkah
NDIS Information Table
Wednesday 6 February 2019
10am – 1pm
Dyson’s IGA, 2-4 Melville St, Numurkah, VIC, 3636

Seymour
NDIS Information Table
Wednesday 20 February 2019
10am – 1pm
O’Keefe’s IGA, 10/115 Anzac Ave, Seymour, VIC, 3660

Violet Town
NDIS Information Table
Tuesday 19 February 2019
10am – 1pm
Violet Town Community House, Cowslip St, Violet Town, VIC, 3669

Loddon

Boort
NDIS Drop In Session
Tuesday 19 February 2019
10am – 2pm
Boort Resource & Information Centre, 119-121 Godfrey St, Boort, VIC, 3537

Maryborough
NDIS Drop In Session
Tuesday 5 February 2019
12.30pm – 4.30pm
Maryborough Community House, 23 Primrose St, Maryborough, VIC, 3465

Mallee

Kerang
Gannawarra Disability & Carers Expo
Monday 21 January 2019
2pm – 3.30pm & 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Kerang Memorial Hall, Nolan St, Kerang, VIC, 3579

NDIS Information Table
Thursday 14 February 2019
10am – 1pm
Outside of NAB, 44 Victoria St, Kerang, VIC, 3579

Mildura
NDIS Mini Expo
Tuesday 22 January 2019
10am – 2pm
SuniTAFE Student Hub, 453 Benetook Ave, Mildura, 3500

Swan Hill
NDIS Information Table
Wednesday 16 January 2019
10am – 1pm
Outside of Clark’s Gift Salon, 183 Campbell Street, Swan Hill, VIC, 3584

NDIS Information Table
Wednesday 13 February 2019
10am – 1pm
Outside of Clark’s Gift Salon, 183 Campbell Street, Swan Hill, VIC, 3584

Additional sessions will be scheduled for upcoming months which will be promoted through the Intereach website, Facebook, E-News and flyers in your local community.

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Community Hubs opening hours for Christmas period

Intereach Community Hubs office hours over the Christmas and New Year period are as follows:
Hay Hub – Closed from 5pm December 20 reopening 9am January 2
Finley – Closed from 3pm December 21 reopening 9am January 2.
Corowa – Closed from 5pm December 24 reopening 9am January 2.
Cootamundra – Closed from 3pm December 20 reopening 9am January 2.
Deniliquin – Closed from 5pm December 20 reopening 9am January 2.
Have a safe and merry Christmas from all staff at the Intereach Community Hubs!

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