NEWSLETTER Issue 39 December 2020
CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY International Day of People With Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions. This year Fairhaven celebrated with a visit from our Ambassador and local Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, AM. The Fairhaven CoPack crew thoroughly enjoyed showing Liesl around the factory. They explained the ins and outs of our clean rooms, gave her a sneak peek at the stateof-the-art packing equipment and boasted about the big brands they get to work with but best of all having a social chat and great BBQ lunch to celebrate #IDPwD2020. Fairhaven Ambassador and Local Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch AM tours the CoPack site on IDPwD 2020.
Hello everyone and welcome to the December edition of the Fairhaven Newsletter. Ready for a holiday, anyone? Wow, this year seems to have flown by, but then when you think back to the bushfires and then the floods earlier in 2020 before the pandemic hit and it seems like they happened years ago! I don’t think any of us will ever forget where we were, or what we were doing in 2020. I also don’t think any of us will ever let our toilet paper stocks run low again either.
It’s been a big year for Fairhaven. Despite the road bumps created by the pandemic, it has been a year of renewal. We have a new Chairperson, three new Board Members, a new CEO, a new Finance Manager role, a new Marketing Manager role, and a new Retail Manager role. The leadership structure is leaner and flatter and we are just about to embark on a new strategic plan. The stage is set for a big 2021.
Op Shopping Village News
Unfortunately, the uncertainty created by COVID-19 made it impossible for Fairhaven to plan a whole of organisation end of year gathering this year, but each operating unit will still hold their own celebration. It might be more low-key than other years, but that’s no reason not to have fun and (responsibly) enjoy yourselves.
Contemporary Living Option s Highlights
As COVID-19 restrictions continue to lift and as we head into the holiday season, I hope all of you are able to spend more time with family and friends. My hope is that all of our hard work wearing masks, socially distancing, and staying at home when necessary, pays off. We will still need to be careful (and I hope I’m not jinxing us), but it’s looking like Christmas can be a lot closer to normal than otherwise may have been the case. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay safe and I’ll see you back here in 2021. As always - if you have any ideas on how we can build and run a better, stronger Fairhaven, I’d love to hear them. Scott Holz CEO – Fairhaven
THE LEGACY OF GIVING
Our weekly Bingo and Cash Housie events across the Central Coast are a chance to win cash, prizes and support Fairhaven, your local disability charity.
Fairhaven’s purpose is to create opportunities where people living with disability can achieve what they want from life. Some fantastic projects have been made possible because of the generosity of those who have left bequests to Fairhaven.
Cash Housie Thursdays 7.30pm Ettalong Bowling Club 103 Springwood St, Umina Beach Bingo Mondays 11.00am Ettalong Bowling Club 103 Springwood St, Umina Beach Fridays 10.30am Everglades Country Club Dunban Rd, Woy Woy
The generosity, vision and foresight of supporters is ensuring that others have access to supported employment, independent living, and community activities. After making provision for those you love, you could help Fairhaven in your Will in a range of ways. Contact us today to discuss your legacy of giving.
ANNUAL REPORT The Fairhaven 2019-20 Annual Report was tabled on 15 December. You can now view and download a copy from www.fairhaven.org.au If you would like a hard copy of the report mailed to you contact us on 4349 5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Report 2020
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OUR PROMISE... Fairhaven’s business operation practices ensure our clients and participants are given choice and control at all times when choosing Fairhaven as a service provider for either one or multiple services. There are six principles to our service provision including principle three: How we will work with you... • We will respond to your enquiries in an honest and open manner, providing you the details aligned to your questions. • We offer you an individual experience to cater to your needs. • We will treat you as we would any other person, we do not define you by your disability. • We will advise you, but not make choices for you. • We will provide you with the contact details you need to get the information and assistance you want. You can view our full Participant Service Charter on our website at www.fairhaven.org.au Fairhaven Newsletter - December 2020
LET’S DO LIFE TOGETHER
Sarah volunteers her time every week at the Central Coast Animal Care Facility. She walks the dogs that have yet to find their forever home, helps around the kennels and even recently named all the kittens in a new litter. Sarah does this with the help of Jasmine, her Community Support Worker from Fairhaven. Fairhaven is ready to partner with you to achieve the lifestyle and social goals you’re dreaming of for 2021. If you have funding for community supports covered in your NDIS Plan and would like to talk to a Support Coordinator today call us on 4349 5500 or email email@example.com
ATTENTION SCHOOL LEAVERS Our School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) program is set to support your transition from school to employment. Have you just finished school? Graduating high school and transitioning into the real world is a big step but it’s one you don’t have to take alone. Our supports are designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to pursue your goals after school. We help young people prepare, look for and gain employment. Our team will work with you to provide meaningful, individualised capacity building activities so you can go on to achieve your employment goals. ng you create the Fairhaven SLES - Helpi
future you want.
To find out more contact our Client Relations Manager, Melinda Hayes on 4349 5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WE ARE HIRING... COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKERS We are looking for passionate, professional and caring individuals who are committed to providing quality services, support customer choice and inclusion to join our wonderful Community Support Team. This is an incredibly varied and rewarding role as you will be providing a personalised approach that empowers the client’s independence and choice, while working towards achieving personal goals to make a very real and positive difference to their lives. For more information about the role visit our website or email email@example.com www.fairhaven.org.au
BALANCING WORK AND PLAY... THE COPACK WAY As restrictions continue to ease the Fairhaven Social Club events are back in full swing, including the viewing party for the very controversial State of Origin decider game.
CONGRATS TO OUR RECENT AWARD WINNERS... Sue Richards (August and September) Josh Bedford (September) Thomas Nagle (September) Danniel Moore (October) Jarrad McGrath (October)
Contact Julie or Vicki at Tuggerah CoPack for more information about upcoming events or to join the Fairhaven Social Club!
AN INCREDIBLE 35-YEAR EMPLOYMENT MILESTONE When Darren Jones began working at Fairhaven as a supported employee TV soap Neighbours first aired on our screens and Bob Hawke was Prime Minister. It was 1985. In October, after an impressive 35-year career with Fairhaven we farewelled one of our longest standing employees, Darren Jones. Darren was one of the over 100 supported employees enjoying working life with our Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), Fairhaven CoPack. Working with Fairhaven since 1985 Darren has enjoyed a variety of packaging, assembly, production line tasks for a range of high-profile companies including Pandora, Sanitarium and Masterfoods. For Darren working at Fairhaven was more than just a day job it was where he made life-long friends, learnt new skills, took great pride in his abilities and most importantly, had fun. We may be farewelling Darren but he will always remain part of the Fairhaven family. If you have ‘Finding and Keeping a Job’ in your NDIS plan you will be able to work with us. You’ll learn new skills, receive workplace training, and best of all – enjoy being part of a great team! Contact the team at Fairhaven today and talk to us about your needs and goals. Call 02 4349 5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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OP SHOPPING VILLAGE
HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS Last day of trade Wednesday 23 December. Reopen on Monday 4 January. Visit us today, 10am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday at 209 Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare. Every dollar spent at our Op Shopping Village helps us support people living with disability on the Central Coast.
JOIN THE RETAIL TEAM We are looking for volunteers who like to roll up their sleeves, chip-in, like making a difference and of course enjoy having fun. There are a range of areas we need help with. Do you have... • Knowledge of antiques and collectibles • Eye for detail • Customer service experience • A specialist interest in books, music or craft • Basic word and excel skills If any of the above sounds like you, our community-minded volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you to the team, get in touch today! Our volunteers gain social connection, confidence and enjoy working in the beautiful Fairhaven Op Shopping grounds. You can contribute as much or as little time as you can afford; we are grateful for any assistance. Visit www.fairhaven.org.au/volunteer/ to fill out an application form or call us on 02 4349 5500.
WE ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS Decluttering over Christmas? If you have good quality used goods ready for donation, why not support your local charity and drop them off at our Point Clare Op Shopping Village! By donating your unwanted goods, you’re not only giving a once loved item another home, you are helping Fairhaven continue to create opportunities where people living with disability can achieve what they want from life.
Fairhaven Op Shopping Village Donation Hours 10am - 3pm, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays only No donations accepted on Thursdays and Fridays as we are be quarantining and processing stock on these days. www.fairhaven.org.au
CONTEMPORARY LIVING OPTIONS HIGHLIGHTS
Fairhaven has been providing supported disability accommodation on the Central Coast for over 30 years. Our qualified and experienced support team work closely alongside our residents to ensure personalised support based on each personâ€™s day to day needs, with particular focus on skill development within the home environment. We focus on enhancing the wide variety of abilities of all residents to enable you to live as independently as possible.
Grow your own!
From far left: Michael overseeing the crops; Nearly time for Ron to pick the produce; Resiâ€™s home grown cauliflower.
Birds of a feather... New feathery residents for Robyn (left) and Sarah (right).
Clockwise from top left: Roslyn; Karen and Ruth; Adrian; Jenny.
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RESIDENTIAL LIVING OPTIONS
Enjoying our local area...
Clockwise from top left: Lindy, Julie and Ruth; John; Carol, Michelle, John and Mark; Jo-Ann; Julie, Ruth, Karen, Lindy and Jo-Ann.
Whatâ€™s on the menu?
From left to right: Ron; Julie and Karen; John C.
Welcome Mark! A very warm welcome to Mark who has recently made Fairhaven his home. Mark has settled into his new digs very well and has made a friend in his housemate Rodney.
Jonathan loves his special gift from mum, already a favourite! www.fairhaven.org.au
FOLLOW US... Find us online and keep up to date with everything Fairhaven. Just search Fairhaven on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also find our Op Shopping Village on Facebook and Instagram too!
Kylie Wanjohi Lifestyle Planning Coordinator How long have you been working at Fairhaven? I started with Fairhaven when I was just shy of 20yrs old, by memory. As you can see from my pic, it’s been a while! What’s the best part of the job? Connecting with people. Working with people means every day is different. What is something you’ve learned this month? I definitely think we learn a little something each day. Some of my most valued teachings that have become part of my philosophy are: Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, do better (Maya Angelou) and If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far go together (African proverb). What do you do when you’re not working? This is usually taken over by my kids sporting and social lives! You may also find me in the bush or somewhere very natural. Have also been known to indulge in retail therapy. Where is your favourite place to be? Without a doubt, home away from home… Masai Mara, Kenya! I am also happy pottering around the house. What is the best advice you’ve heard this year? Never leave a meeting without a plan.
DISABILITY HELPLINE Do you have a disability? Have things changed for you because of coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do you need support in a language other than English? Help is available. Call the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 and ask for an interpreter, or call Translating and Interpreting Services on 131 450 and ask for the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787. Information about the Disability Information Helpline is also available in 63 languages. Visit www.dss.gov.au/disabilityhelp for more details.
Supported Employment Residential Living Options Point Clare Shopping Village
NDIS Support Coordination School Leavers Program Community Activities Fairhaven is a registered NDIS provider.
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