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Harmony in the Gardens

People often recognise Intereach by the iconic tree that adorns our logo and building, and on Saturday locals will be asked to ‘look for the tree’ in Deniliquin’s beautiful Waring Gardens.
This specific craft tree will be the centrepiece of our ‘Harmony in the Gardens’ event that will complement the fanfare of the monthly community market.
Locals will be invited to celebrate Deniliquin and district’s cultural diversity by decorating a cardboard ‘hand print’ or ‘little person’ and then attach it to the tree. The craft tree will be placed on display in the Intereach foyer in Trickett St, Deniliquin.
Intereach staff member and co-organiser of the event Wendy Johnston encourages everyone to join in the day.

“This is an opportunity for local people from all cultural backgrounds to come together and reflect on and celebrate our local diversity. It will be a very relaxed event, with our tree as the focus for people to leave their message or build a timeline or picture of their family’s history or origin. We’ll be engaging with people and offering them the warmth of the community and making them feel part of the community. It’s about celebrating and embracing multiculturalism, and there’ll be members of the Deniliquin Multicultural Group on hand to also welcome those who are new to our community.”
Harmony Day is celebrated nation-wide and this year has been re-named Harmony Week, recognising multiculturalism and inclusiveness. ‘Harmony in the Gardens’ will run from 9am to noon on the Napier St side of the gardens. The craft tree will be on display and locals will be able to pin their message to it.

“We’re inviting people to sit and spend time together in a beautiful setting,” Mrs Johnston said.
Intereach staff will also have copies of the ‘Have Your Say’ survey available tomorrow, which is designed to help the organisation identify service gaps that may exist in the local area. Fill in the survey and go in the draw to win an iPad Mini. You can also find the survey online at www.intereach.com.au/have-your-say/

Caption: Intereach staff members Kama Jennings, Mikayla Williams and Lara Roach getting ready
for the event.

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Shepparton Multicultural Festival

Intereach was proud to be a part of the wonderfully successful Multicultural Shepparton Festival on Saturday afternoon / evening.
One of our staff members from our Shepparton office was on hand to talk to people about our many valuable services, and in particular the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Intereach partners with the National Disability Insurance Agency to deliver NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in the NDIS Goulburn service area of Victoria.

Our Goulburn Program Manager, Vanessa, joined with NDIS Community Engagement Officers, Lauren and Sue, in greeting hundreds of people at the festival, handing out information booklets and asking people to pin their place of origin on a world map which was very popular.

If you would like more information on any of our services, or the NDIS, call 1300 488 226.

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Hay Women’s Day

The Intereach Hay Community Hub recognised women in the local community today (March 7), hosting a special morning tea.
Our staff were joined by Hay International Women’s Day Awards nominees.

There were five nominees – Dot Lauer, Jade Auldist, Cheyenne Hurst, Nina Fieldhouse and the ‘Vinnies Volunteers’ ladies.
All five were nominated for helping others and their commitment to the community.
Hay Hub acting program manager Krista Schade said:
“This was our second annual event and it’s a great way for helpful people to be recognised and for others to show their appreciation by nominating a deserving woman in the community. We hope to again run this campaign in 2020.”

The local awards are held as part of International Women’s Day.
All five nominees received a laminated certificate and were treated to morning tea at the Hay Intereach office.

 

 (Back, from left) Sue Parslow (Vinnies volunteer), Intereach staff Naomi Watkin and Loryn Johnston, and Marilyn Pynor (Vinnies); (front) nominees Dot Lauer (left) and Cheyenne Hurst.

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LAC ECEI E-Newsletter March 2019

Welcome to the March edition of the Intereach NDIS E-News; your one stop shop for information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) in Loddon, Mallee, Goulburn and Murrumbidgee regions.

Intereach partners with the NDIA to deliver NDIS LAC and ECEI services in the Mallee, Goulburn and Loddon areas (Victoria) and the Murrumbidgee area (NSW). In NSW, Intereach provides LAC services on behalf of NDIS partner, Social Futures.

Here you can find out about Intereach services, and how we as your local NDIS Partner in the Community can support you.


Local Government Areas included in NDIS regions

Lower Fast West Balranald, Wentworth
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
Mallee  Buloke, Gannawarra, Mildura, Swan Hill
Loddon Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander
Goulburn Greater Shepparton, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie

General Intereach News

From January 1 this year, the NDIS became available in the Mallee and Goulburn regions. Some participants, families/carers and providers would have started to develop their NDIS plan and started to form linkages to community and other government agency support.

For employment opportunities please visit www.intereach.com.au/careers/


Intereach Staff Profile

Name:
Amy Whitten
Job Title:
Program Manager – Community Development (ECEI)

What your position involves:
Representing Intereach while supporting the community with questions regarding the NDIS or helping access mainstream and community services. My position also aims to build the capacity of families and the community to be empowered to make decisions and work on their goals. My role has a particular focus on the Early Childhood Early Intervention space which supports children 0-6 years and their families.

Intereach career background:
I started with Intereach in December 2018. Prior to Intereach I worked within the early childhood sector as a key worker and occupational therapist. I have worked across many of Intereach’s regions including Loddon, Goulburn and Mallee giving me knowledge into the gaps these rural areas face. I am highly motivated to support our local communities and look forward to my new role to make positive changes across the Intereach footprint.

Why you love working at Intereach:
Intereach is a very inclusive and supportive environment, inside and out. I have felt invited and included into my teams and look forward to seeing where our collaboration leads.

Fun fact about you:
I love to dance and I spend my hours outside of work program-designing and directing a movement to music program and also teach at numerous dance schools throughout our local communities.


NDIS resources and information

Have you noticed the new NDIS website? The NDIS has made its website easier to use, search and navigate to help find key information. The website is a simpler design to ensure people of all abilities can find the information they need. If you have any feedback or questions about the website email websitefeedback@ndis.gov.au

Last edition we introduced you to the new Participant Booklets and the Guide to self-management that are available to support people with disability and participants throughout their NDIS journey. Follow the links to find out more.



Where will we be during January and February?

A key part of our role is getting out and about in the community to run NDIS information sessions, ‘plan readiness’, ‘plan implementation’ and ‘plan review’ workshops, as well as being present at events, festivals and other key places with our iVan (information van). 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/
Additional sessions will be scheduled for upcoming months and will be promoted through the Intereach website, Facebook, E-News and flyers in your local community.


Left to right: Ashley Lythgo (Intereach Program Manager – Community Development), Nancy Campbell (Cobram Community House), Renee McCarthy (Community Member), Jenny Godwin (Cobram Community House) and Rita Greco (Community Member). 

Yarrawonga
NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Monday 4 March 2019
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House, 1 Hargrave Ct, Yarrawonga, VIC, 3730

Shepparton
NDIS Implementation Information Session
Thursday 7 March 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

Nagambie
NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Friday 8 March 2019
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Nagambie Community House, 11 Prentice St, Nagambie, VIC, 3608

Deniliquin
Do It In Deni Street Bazaar
Saturday 9 March 2019
9am – 1pm
Deniliquin CBD, Cressy St, Deniliquin, NSW, 2710

Bendigo
NDIS Drop In Session
Tuesday 12 March 2019
10am – 2pm
Intereach Office, 384 Hargreaves St, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Alexandra
NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Wednesday 13 March 2019
9:30am – 11:30am
Alexandra Shire Hall, Lot 1 Perkins St, Alexandra, VIC, 3714

Kinglake
NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Wednesday 13 March 2019
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Kinglake West Hall, 1055 Whittlesea-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake West, VIC, 3757

Shepparton
NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Friday 15 March 2019
9:30am – 11:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

Shepparton
NDIS Get Plan Ready Workshop
Friday 15 March 2019
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

Mildura
NDIS Information Stall
Tuesday 26 March 2019
10am – 12:30pm
Mildura Library, The Alfred Deakin Centre, 180-190 Deakin Ave, Mildura, VIC, 3500

Shepparton
NDIS Implementation Information Session
Tuesday 19 March 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

Shepparton
NDIS Implementation Information Session
Wednesday 20 March 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

Echuca
NDIS Drop In Session
Friday 22 March 2019
10am – 2pm
Intereach Office, 203-205 Hare St, Echuca, VIC, 3564

Shepparton
NDIS Implementation Information Session
Monday 25 March 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

Shepparton
NDIS Implementation Information Session
Tuesday 26 March 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

Temora
Temora Disability Services Expo
Friday 29 March 2019
10am – 3pm
Temora Memorial Ex-Services Club, 130 Baker St, Temora, NSW, 2666

Shepparton
NDIS Implementation Information Session
Wednesday 3 April 2019
9am – 10:30am
Intereach Office, 1 Sobraon St, Shepparton, VIC, 3630

Swan Hill
NDIS Information Stall
Wednesday 3 April 2019
10am – 2pm
Outside of SportsPower, 200 Campbell St, Swan Hill, VIC, 3585

Maryborough
NDIS Information Stall
Monday 15 April 2019
10am – 2pm
Intereach Office, 88 Burke St, Maryborough, VIC, 3465

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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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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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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