Mambourin Matters June, 2018
From the CEO We currently support twenty people with NDIS funding packages. This number will grow to over 400, starting in October and we are absolutely prepared for the challenge! Our NDIS team is working hard, with our NDIS community sessions kicking off last month and our individual pre-planning catch-ups well underway. We’ve also been re-working our program choices, in line with your feedback, in fact, we have reviewed nearly every aspect of our organisation to ensure we are offering the very best in a new funding environment. To welcome the NDIS, we have been working on a new look for our community including an upgraded website which will be more accessible and responsive, and full of information and event updates for you. You might notice a change in the language we use too. We want to use terms that better reflect our vibrant community. You won’t hear us say ‘day service sites’ anymore, instead we’ll use ‘community hubs’. We no longer say ‘programs’, these are your ‘choices’. And the biggest change: we don’t call our service users ‘participants’ anymore, they are our ‘customers’ and the needs of our customers are at the core of everything we do. We invite you to hold us accountable at every opportunity. Our board welcomes new chair Cory Becker has resigned from his long-standing position as chair of the board due to work and family commitments. However, he will continue to support Mambourin as a director. As chair, Cory’s optimistic and pragmatic style made working with him an absolute pleasure. Cory has navigated us through some tough decisions and contributed positively to our purpose and vision for the future. Derrimut team members showing off our new look The board has elected Dr Paul Larcher as Cory’s successor. Paul joined the board in 2015. He was recruited for his exceptional skills in strategic planning, risk management, commercial performance and ability to assemble high performing teams. Paul will also continue in the role of chair of the risk and audit committee. The board has a strategic planning day coming up soon, which will be a great opportunity for the board to set a clear direction for the organisation under Paul’s leadership. We love feedback Your honest opinion is important to us. We love to know when we are doing something well, so we can do more of it. Unfortunately though, we might not always get it right. If you ever think we’ve failed to be our very best, we’d really appreciate it if you let us know, so we can put it right and do better next time. If you’d like to give me feedback directly, you can call me on 0409 136 157 or email me at email@example.com. Until next time,
Mambourin Matters June 18
Focus on Ability Short Film Fest This year Mambourin had not one, not two, but THREE entries into the internationally recognised Focus on Ability Film Festival. The Festival which is its 10th year, asks filmmakers to Focus on the Ability of people living with a disability and tell a story or film for the world to view. We are Brave is a video clip for We are Brave, a track written, produced and performed by Mambourin’s Hip Hop crew, Leaping Legs. The song describes having the confidence to give things a go, and not being afraid to make mistakes. The film is a collaborative project between the members of the Mambourin hip-hop crew, Leaping Legs and our Werribee hub. Braydon Collins’ Performance explores the musical beginnings and talents of Braydon Collins, Mambourin Choir’s resident vocalist and key’s extraordinaire. The film was a collaboration between Mambourin’s Sunshine hub, Braydon, and his family. It is a story of musical expression and incredible talent. Charlie tells the story of a man with not much to do in life. Charlie, the narrator, tells us that he is anxious about his NDIS meeting, and what it’s outcome will mean for him and his future. Will things change? But things are about to change for Charlie – you’ll have to watch to found out how!
Enabling Women’s Leadership Program
Stills from each film (top to bottom): We are Brave, Braydon Collins’ Performance, Charlie
Four incredible people from our community have been accepted into the exciting leadership initiative, the Enabling Women’s Leadership Program. The program is a joint initiative between our partners Women with Disabilities Victoria and Brimbank City Council. The 6-week program focuses on deepening women’s understanding of issues affecting women with disabilities, as well as building confidence, insight and leadership acumen – it will be a platform for attendees to share their lived experience and gain insight from leaders and advocates in the space. A graduation ceremony will be held later this year (pics to come!). We would like to congratulate the following on their acceptance into the program: Danielle Griffiths Camille Fullarton Annie Barerra Paige Jansen
Derrimut Packaging and Assembly Team Derrimut Packaging and Assembly Team Derrimut Packaging and Assembly Team Werribee Community Hub
For more about Women with Disabilities Victoria, visit wdv.org.au
Clockwise: Danielle Griffiths, Paige Jansen, Camille Fullarton, Annie Barerra
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We’re open in Hume! We are so excited to announce that our latest community hub is officially opening in Sunbury. With our new hub, we’ll be able to open up opportunities for people in Hume - if you’re from the area, and looking for things to do in your community let us know! Leah Winfield (pictured in your official invite to the right) is our new Sunbury hub team leader and coordinator. If you’re ever in the area, she would love you to pop in and say hello. Our new Sunbury hub is located at 4/2 Brooks Street, Sunbury. For information about the hub, contact Leah Winfield on 0412 854 447 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal Connections Thanks to our Braybrook team, our community now has access to an incredible initiative! Very soon, Lizzie the border collie and her human David will be attending our Braybrook hub for weekly visits until mid-July. The Lost Dogs Home’s pilot program, Animal Connections, aims to teach people about companion animals and their behaviour. The program involves animals and their owners visiting the wider community to educate people on how to safely interact with dogs, read canine behavioural signals, and train animals to react to certain commands. The program also seeks to show people the mental health benefits of a canine friend. For information, contact our Braybrook hub on (03) 9313 0800
(Left – right) Lizzie and David who will be teaching our community all about canine behavior and interaction.
Sunshine’s Swim Squad Hieu during training at Highpoint’s state of the art heated pool complex. Hieu is working towards his swim safety goals.
We listened! You’ve told us you want more variety, and better access to supported holiday options. We’re currently working on some holiday package ideas and will keep you posted over the next few editions.
A complaint is telling someone that you are not happy with their disability service. It’s okay to complain. It can make services better. You can call the Disability Services Commissioner on 1800 677 342 You can send an email to email@example.com
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Traineeship breakfast As part of our new Employee Recognition Program, we held our first Traineeship breakfast at the Mambourin Training Centre. Thanks to all who made it happen, with special thanks to our breakfast chefs!
We would love to hear your story
Your new website, sneak peek! Thanks to all our website models, including Andrew (above) and Leah and Bernadette (right)
We’ll be regularly updating our new website with all the latest Mambourin news and events. Therefore, if you have a story you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you. It might be that you’ve tried something new at Mambourin, or you’d like to let people know about something you’ve achieved. No matter what it is, let us know! Simply email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9731 9200 and ask for Leah. Our new website will be live very soon. The site will replace our existing one, and will remain at www.mambourin.org
Altona’s sensory garden Back in April we opened Bart’s Garden, a new sensory garden at our Altona hub. The garden is not just a beautiful place to relax; it’s also a touching memory to Mambourin community member, Bart Zgadzaj. The garden’s opening took place with a cricket bat as centrepiece as Bart was an avid cricket fan. Bart’s family donated proceeds from his passing to Mambourin so that the garden project could be completed – and with a little help from our community and our friends, Bart’s Garden was born. Again, from our community, we say a huge thank you to Bart’s family and all who took part in creating this beautiful space.
Above left to right: Kitty, Laura, Fatima, Adrian, Jagdev at the opening ceremony.
Mambourin Matters June 18
Your NDIS team will get you #ndisready If you missed one of your NDIS Community sessions, don’t worry, our Mambourin NDIS team can still help you! In fact, our team of dedicated engagement staff and planning experts is growing, so that we can be sure to support you as much as you need. If you’d prefer a one-on-one session, we are currently running individual pre-planning catch-ups with our community. During these sessions we will go through everything you will need to know before you meet with your NDIA planner. Recently we’ve also partnered with our friends at Melbourne City Mission to deliver even more information sessions for you. See below for details about our latest session in Melton. For information about booking an individual session or if you have any questions at all about the NDIS assistance, contact your NDIS team at any time on 9731 9200 or email@example.com
Meet your NDIS team (clockwise above): Vicki O’Neill NDIS Manager Lavinia Tukuafu Senior Engagement Officer Michelle Stewart Engagement Officer Christopher Barbara Engagement Officer
NDIS Information Sessions in Melton Learn about and get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at a free information session in Melton. The information sessions will be delivered by experienced staff from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), who will explain: • what the NDIS is and how it works • how to access the NDIS • how to get ready for transition to the NDIS • the pathway to becoming an NDIS participant Date: Location:
Wednesday, 27 June2018 Melton Library and Learning Hub 31 McKenzie Street Melton VIC 3337 4.00pm – 5.30pm 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Register your attendance: To book your place please register Online: https://mcm-ndissessions-melton.eventbrite.com.au Email: BMcCleery@mcm.org.au Phone: 0429 728 998
Have you received your NDIS letter? If you’ve received your first NDIA call or NDIS letter, and you need some help, get in touch with us! If you would like us to support you at your meeting with your NDIA planner, don’t book in a date with them until you have let us know – we want to be sure we can make it.