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The Independent



From the CEO with John Gilpin

Funding Received • $6000 - Myer Balance equipment See page 5 • $5000 - Anonymous New storage cupboards St Michaels Hall See page 9

Funding Required

John Gilpin

Welcome to “The Independent” our bi-monthly gazette that is distributed to over 4000 organisations. Over the last 2 months St Michaels can be proud of the outcomes we have been able to achieve. Clients are at the forefront of our minds however we require special staff to be able to support them. It is with great pride that five of our staff members were named as finalists of the National Disability Awards. Our finalists were Jan Rice, Andrea Stagg, Debbie Slater, Val Abell and Donald Richards. Congratulations to you all!! Andrea Stagg received the State Award

• Redevelopment, conversion of the Terrapin into 3 independent units $220,000 See P9

ell e W n Do Tasmanian Disability Awards, Andrea Stagg, Jan Rice, Rod Campbell, John Gilpin and Donald Richards Story Page 3

for her service to Tasmanians living with a disability and Donald Richards received a Lifetime Achievement Award! Thank you goes to Myer Launceston and their staff that raised $3000 from staff activities and then was matched by another $3000 by Myers Corporate. Your generous donation and support will enhance the activities for our clients within our day program.

There are many more good news and activities to talk about which are spread throughout “The Independent” so happy reading!!

Have your say

• Modernisation of equipment for students $15,000 See P9 St Michaels are seeking sponsors or assistance from the community in order to be able to commence and complete these important projects.

We would like to hear what you think about your community newsletter and welcome your comments.

If you feel that you are able to make a contribution or donation please complete the donation section on Page 20 and return it to St Michaels Association.

Please contact Rod Campbell 6331 7651

Thank you for your consideration.


I am always interested in your feedback on local issues that are important to you.

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For help or assistance, please contact me :Phone: (03) 6336 2671 Fax: (03) 6336 2255

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The Independent A Quiet Word - with Senator Helen Polley nuation accounts – when they change jobs, move house, it is easy to lose track of every account. But with potentially thousands of dollars of your money missing, it is crazy not to try and find and consolidate your accounts. Senator Helen Polley

LOST SUPERANNUATION There are over thirty (30) lost superannuation accounts, worth over $300,000 waiting to be found by people in Tasmania. A ‘lost’ super account is an account that has been inactive for over two years and the owner of the account could not be contacted. It is pretty common for people to ‘lose’ superan-

As Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Superannuation, Bill Shorten, recently said “There is no point working hard all your life only to retire poor. By finding lost super you can increase your retirement savings.” People can check if they have lost super by visiting superseeker at any time or calling the Super Seeker hotline on 13 28 65 during business hours. Both services are free.

Across Australia there are over 3.4 million lost superannuation accounts, worth more than $12 billion. The average amount in lost super is about $3,500, which if invested over a 20 year period equates to about $12,500 to spend in retirement. $12,500 extra in retirement could go towards a holiday or extra spending money for the grandkids. Helping people find lost super compliments the significant reforms we are making over the next four years to transform our superannuation system and help Australians save for a comfortable retirement. A thirty year old worker on full-time average wages can expect up to

$108,000 more in retirement when the Gillard Government's plan to increase the superannuation guarantee from 9 to 12 per cent is implemented. Superannuation is usually the second largest investment a person has, after their home. It’s your money, so don’t leave it lying around in ‘lost’ accounts. Track it down, roll it over into your current account and make sure it is there for you to help fund your retirement.

Over $300,000 in lost superannuation waiting to be found

Have your say… From the beginning we have asked you for your thoughts and comments on The Independent, to which you responded and indicated you required relevant, useful information that could be used in assisting you in your daily endeavours.

Part of our continuous improvement process is to review, and if appropriate amend, adapt or implement these suggestions. It is with great pleasure that St Michaels introduces 3 new sections into your community newsletter, The Independent.

Bishops Barristers & Solicitors through Eagle Edge who will provide you with current, relevant legal information. The first of which discusses the effects of not having a will.

financial information including breaking news on the new Superannuation legislation.

Norton & Co through Financial Fitness will be providing you with

We hope you enjoy the new sections and invite your feedback.

Tonic Inspired Health through Wellness Review will be providing you with healthy lifestyle information.

Training - St Michaels St Michaels Association Inc. are currently delivering specialised training that is nationally recognised to people with disabilities in their workplace. Certificate I through to Certificate II

in Horticulture and Transport and Logistics (Warehousing and Storage) are currently being offered. For further details please contact John Gilpin on 6331 7651.

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Traineeships and Apprenticeships Thanks to the support from Skills Tasmania we are able to offer Traineeships for existing employees or Apprenticeships to new employees to those employed

within an Australian Disability Enterprise or an enterprise whose employees have a disability as deemed by Centrelink.

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Tasmanian Disability Awards Night, Andrea Stagg, Jan Rice, Rod Campbell, John Gilpin and Donald Richards

September 29 2011, National Disability Services Tasmania held their annual Disability Support Worker Awards at the Mona function centre in Hobart. The Tasmanian Disability Support Worker Awards recognise dedication to this sector in proven records of achieving participation, inclusion and empowerment for people living with disability. There were three award categories and these include the HACSU Support Worker of the Year, the HESTA long-term service to the industry and the ME Bank outstanding achievement award. There was also a fourth award presented due to the judges' unanimous decision that this nomination required extra recognition. The judges called this the Lifetime Achievement Award and it went to

the very deserved Donald Richards from the St Michaels Association who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 40 years of dedication to the Tasmanian disability sector. As you can imagine, over the last 40 years Donald would have seen and participated in huge changes in how people living with a disability were cared for and included within society. At the awards it was apparent that early on Donald recognised the importance of providing services to special needs clients that were interactive, inclusive and supportive, which incorporated a personat-the-centre approach to develop selfconfidence and independent living skills. Therefore it was wonderful to see Donald being honoured in this way after 40 years of

selfless service. In regard to the other award winners the HACSU Support Worker of the Year winner was Anita O'Brien from Star Tasmania. The next award was called the HESTA Long Term Service Award and the deserving winner was Andrea Stagg from the St Michaels Association. Andrea has worked at St Michaels for 18 years and started with the organisation as a cleaner before the staff recognised her special skills and empathy when dealing with clients. She is also known for her genuine compassion for her clients and has always gone over and above that which is in her job description. Andrea currently is a carer in a group home and is often called upon to offer guidance and

training to new carers. Like other disability support workers, Andrea has stuck it out through the hard times and continues to give up a large part of her life to help people with a disability reach their potential. Once again, congratulations to Andrea. The final NDS award winner received the ME Bank Outstanding Achievement Award was Gaylene Connell from Life Without Barriers. 3 other St Michaels Association staff were nominated for awards including Val Abell for the ME Bank outstanding achievement award, Debbie Slater and Jan Rice for the HESTA Long Term Service Award. Congratulations goes to all the winners and those nominated for the Awards.

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The Independent Shared Services Partnership 1

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St Michaels Association Inc. CEO John Gilpin receiving the keys to a new wheel chair accessible bus as part of the shared services partnership from Baptcare Family & Community Services State Operations Manager Mary D’Elia


Baptcare Family & Community Services State Operations Manager Mary D’Elia holding the keys of a new wheel chair accessible bus with St Michaels Association Inc. CEO John Gilpin as part of a shared services partnership on October 17, 2011 The vehicle is a 2011 model Toyota bus which has been specifically modified to accommodate a purpose built hydraulic wheelchair hoist. The bus was purchased by Baptcare Family &

Community Services, for the children’s Respite Activity Program and will be used primarily on weekends and school holidays.

shared relationship has been formed, which will fully utilise an asset (the bus) for Tasmanian families living with disabilities.

Baptcare’s Mary D’Elia and Cathy Hurst, Program Manager of North Region Family Services commented that they had been looking for sometime to create a partnership with a reputable service provider, one who could utilise and access the vehicle during the week and in turn effectively administer and house the vehicle, allowing Baptcare Family & Community Services easy access to deliver their children’s Respite Activity program.

The occasion was formally marked in front of a number of St Michaels Independent Living residents, Day Program clients, staff and carers.

After weeks of discussion between Baptcare Family & Community Services and St Michaels Association Inc. a memorandum of understanding was signed and a new

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St Michaels CEO John Gilpin gratefully accepted the keys to the new bus, thanked and acknowledged this new co-operative arrangement with Baptcare Family & Community Services. John Gilpin commented “from the start, discussions between Donald Richards, Disability Services Manager of St Michaels & Baptcare’s Cathy Hurst were always based on how we could work together to maximise the use of the bus for our community”

John Gilpin went on to say “it is wonderful to be able work with people like Mary and Cathy who share values similar to those of St Michaels and an example of doing so is fully utilising our combined resources for our carers and families.” At the conclusion of the ceremony a number of Day Program clients including John, Robyn, Ashley, Cody were treated to a short trip in the new bus.

“It is wonderful to work with people like Mary and Cathy who share values similar to those of St Michaels” John Gilpin CEO

The Independent Community Partnership

Support for St Michaels Association Inc. continues to grow with the recent announcement by Tasmanian Style editor and publisher Jonathan Mathys that the Tasmanian Style Magazine has become a community partner with St Michaels Association. Tasmanian Style will be assisting St Michaels through marketing and editoral support, primarily to lift the communities awareness of St Michaels and its

services in the wider Tasmanian community. St Michaels has been providing support to Tasmanian’s with intellectual and physical disabilities for over 45 years and Tasmanian Style is happy to be working with an organisation with a long establishment in the community. Tasmanian Style editor Jonathan Mathys commented that the high quality magazine was developed to provide

coverage of current Tasmanian issues as well as the very best of Tasmanian food, art, style, books and more. Sometimes contentious and sometimes informative, but always entertaining while always showing off our high quality lifestyle, products and services. Tasmanian style is keen to tell uniquely Tasmanian stories through pictures and words, the way they appeared in The Golden Age of magazines, but enhanced with the 21st century technology. Covering sport and politics, Tasmanian Style focus on cultural changes as it happens in Tasmania not in America or even the mainland. Tasmanian Style showcases stunning photography alongside high quality article, always with an eye as to why we Tasmanians do the things we do. September 2011 marked the inaugural launch of Tasmanian Style, and now has a circulation of 7000 state wide. Tasmanian Style plans to promote St Michaels through an editorial feauture, which is based on the experiences of the St Michaels CEO on his first day at St

Michaels. We believe this story typifies what St Michaels is about, the programs if offers and the effect it has on the staff, clients and community. In addition to editorial support Tasmanian Style editor Jonathan Mathys advised that St Michaels Association Inc. is their nominated charity for 2012. This occasion will be marked during 2012 with some promotion and joint fund raising events with the proceeds of those events being donated to St Michaels to assist with the modernisation of Interactive Resources for the Student Accommodation at St Michaels campus. St Michaels CEO John Gilpin acknowledged the support of Tasmanian Style and commented “partnerships such as these assist us in improving the public awareness of our services and programs and is essential to the continued growth of our organisation.” “We look forward to a long and lasting relationship with Tasmanian Style.”

The only magazine giving you coverage of current Tasmanian issues as well as the very best of our food, art, style, books and more Sometimes contentious but always informative and entertaining, Tasmanian Style shows off the best of Tasmania - our lifestyle, food and wine, travel, and products and services. Through beautiful pictures and high quality articles, we tell uniquely Tasmanian stories that look at how we work, live and play For Subscription, Distribution or Advertiser inquiries contact Jonathan Mathys today on 0467 880 130 or Tasmanian Style 1/14 Osborne Esplanade,Kingston Beach 7050 THE INDEPENDENT, September, 2011 5

The Independent Farewell - Robert Boon 2



John Gilpin, Donald Richards, Robert Boon, at Robert’s farewell morning tea

After 20 years of loyal service at St Michaels Association Robert Boon, Quality and Training Manager has decided to leave to pursue his career as a grounds man at St Patricks College.

Robert will be remembered as being devoted and loyal to the well being of St Michaels Association and the clients. Some of Roberts finer work included establishment of Plant Skills, a

Registered Training Organisation in addition to his work on the Independent Living Units.

Attending the morning tea were St Michaels Board members, staff and clients.

A morning tea was held with staff to acknowledge Robert’s achievements during his time at St Michaels.

All the best for your future Robert from your friends at St Michaels!

Donation to deliver new gear for kids The St Michaels Association has $6000 to spend on sporting and gym equipment thanks to a generous contribution from Myer Launceston. Myer Launceston employees earlier this year nominated St Michaels as their local cause, raising $3000 through various in house fund raisers. Myer Corporate then matched this amount to bring the donation to $6000. The new equipment will help build motor skills and conditioning of St

Michaels clients, in particular young people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

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St Michael’s Chief Executive John Gilpin said Day Program clients will be among the key beneficiaries of the new gym equipment. “It is a significant contribution and one we are truly grateful for,” Mr Gilpin said. “I think this represents the aligning of philosophies of both Myer and St Michaels Association.”

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Myers Mary Henderson, Scott Clifford, St Michaels clients John, Katherine, Tim, CEO John Gilpin, Katrina Fisher, Rod Campbell and Ashley

The Independent Eagle’s Edge - with Fenton Jones

Fenton Jones

YOU DO NOT NEED A WILL! OR DO YOU? Everyone should have a valid and up to date Will. You may put off making a Will because you are too busy or because you don’t want to make the hard decisions about who will get what. You may think that a Will drawn by a solicitor is too expensive and decide to do it yourself with a “Will Kit”. However, serious consequences occur if you die without making a Will, or if the Will you have is not valid. The Tasmanian Government has legislation that distributes your estate according to a strict legal formula. If a person dies without leaving a valid Will, such a person is referred to as “the intestate”.

This legislation was recently amended by the Intestacy Act 2010 which changes how estates are distributed if you die intestate. The main theme of the new rules is the priority of the spouse. If you die intestate leaving a spouse as well as children of the spouse, then the spouse inherits the whole estate and their children do not receive any benefit. Under the previous law, the estate is divided between spouse and children. This means if you die without a valid Will, the Tasmanian Government has effectively written the following Will for you if you die leaving a spouse and children, who are children of you and the spouse: 1. I am happy to appoint my spouse as the administrator of my estate, being the person appointed to distribute my estate as I haven’t made a Will. If my spouse doesn’t want the job, I will let my children argue over who will act as administrator. If they can’t agree I am happy to leave it to the Supreme Court

of Tasmania to appoint somebody for the role. Additionally I do not care if the process of administering my estate is longer and could be more expensive than if I had a valid Will. 2. My spouse will inherit all of my estate. My children will receive nothing from my estate. 3. I ignore the fact that my children may have differing needs, or require funds for future education needs or care upon which the money may be better spent. I have neglected to properly provide for a child who may be under a special disadvantage because of a disability. 4. I don’t care if my spouse chooses to re-marry, a consequence of which is that the inheritance from me may go to the new partner. 5. I have ignored the need to have any tax planning included in a Will, as I do not care if my estate has to pay more than its fair share of taxes which

will reduce the amount available to my spouse. Clearly, this fictional scenario must be avoided - but it may happen if you die without a valid Will. A valid Will ensures that your family’s future and all your property are not left under the control of laws of the Tasmanian Government, the Tasmanian Courts and the Taxation Department. You should consult Fenton Jones at Bishops Solicitors to ensure that the Will that you make allows YOU to decide who will administer your estate on your death, and more importantly, who RECEIVES your assets on your death and on the terms and in the circumstances that you are content with.

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The Independent Financial Fitness - with Richard Norton Guarantee age from 70 to 75 commencing 1 July 2013.

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Government introduces legislation to increase compulsory super to 12% The Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Superannuation, Bill Shorten introduced legislation on November 2, to raise the Superannuation Guarantee contribution from 9% to 12% on an incremental basis from 1 July 2013 as follows: • 1 July 2013


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The amendments also increase the Super

The amendments to the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act were introduced along with a package of bills that also introduced the Minerals Resources Rent Tax (MRRT). The changes to the superannuation guarantee are contingent on the passing of the MRRT bills. In his speech to Minister Shorten noted that the proposed legislation was in line with to the original Keating plan for a 12% compulsory superannuation contributions and accords with the Government’s intention that Australians should be able to retire on a 70% income replacement rate.

the passing of the MRRT bills. Low income superannuation contribution This is a contribution to superannuation of 15% for concessional contributions made, up to a maximum of $500 for low income earners. The payment is in addition to any co-contributions which the person is entitled to. Low income earners are those on adjusted taxable incomes of $37,000 or less where at least 10% of income comes from employment or business income. Adjusted taxable income includes: • taxable income • adjusted fringe benefits • target foreign income • net investment loss

Other tax and superannuation reforms The Government also introduced a Bill providing for other tax and superannuation reforms. These reforms are also contingent on

• tax-free pension/ benefit

The increase should commence 1 July 2012 and is contingent on the passing of the MRRT bills (from $1,000 to $5000) and the Clean Energy Bills ($5000 to $6,500). Also depreciating assets costing more than $6,500 can be pooled together and depreciated at 15% in the year of allocation and 30% in later years. Small business accelerated deduction for motor vehicles Small business will be able to immediately write off up to $5,000 of a vehicle purchased from 1 July 2012 and depreciate the remainder at 15% in the first year and 30% thereafter. The Entrepreneurs tax offset will be abolished but this is not contingent on the passing of the MRRT bills.

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The Independent Wellness Review - with Katy Dyson Do you feel the best you can everyday? Getting healthy can seem like hard work, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle long term even harder. Unfortunately, even with the healthiest lifestyle, you may still struggle to obtain optimal levels of nutrients for health. I frequently see patients who, despite the best lifestyle habits, struggle to feel there best. Why is this the case? Sadly, the 21st Century is a tough place to be healthy • Food we eat today contains fewer nutrients than food that was available 20 years ago because: 1. Our soils are low in nutrients 2. Foods are often picked before they are ripe Many food processing techniques destroy or remove nutrients and Cooking methods further destroy nutrients • This is compounded by the fact that we have an increased need for nutrients due to; 1. Pollution being higher and more wide spread

2. Our busy and stressful lifestyle. When we don't take in enough vitamins and minerals, we are more likely to feel tired. We may struggle to more susceptible to infection and other disease. For these reasons it is worth taking a bit of extra “health insurance” by taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement everyday. In fact, a recent Harvard University study recommends the daily use of multivitamin and mineral supplement for all adults.

Does reading a Multivitamin label feel like trying to understand a Foreign Language? The world of multivitamins can be a confusing place. Just walking down a supermarket aisle we are bombarded with a plethora of multivitamin supplements all claiming to be the best. So how do you choose a quality multivitamin supplement and ensure you’re not wasting your money? Do you really need vanadium, how much vitamin B1, B3 and B6 should you take

and what on earth is cholecalciferol!?

Selecting the best There are three important considerations that I make when selecting a multivitamin and mineral for my patients: I ensure the formula contains vitamins and minerals in correctly balanced ratios. A good multivitamin is more than a collection of ingredients all present in the same quantities. There must be a balance of vitamins and minerals that match the ratio of nutrients that you as an individual require. This avoids wasting your money on nutrients you don’t need and those that are not present in an effective dose. I ensure the constituents are biologically active and absorbable, Vitamins and minerals are available in many different forms. For a supplement to be effective it is critical that it contains ingredients tat are easy for the body to absorb. Many supplements use inorganic salts such as oxides and chlorides. These tend to be poorly absorbed by the body

and can cause sideeffects such as diarrhoea and constipation. Our bodies have a preference for organic salts and amino acid chelates. I recommend formulas that contain absorbable forms of every ingredient I ensure the ingredients are good quality and provide true value for money. As with everything, you tend to get what you pay for. Cheap vitamin formulas tend to contain cheaper ingredients in an imbalanced ratio. While on the surface they may appear easier on the pocket, in the long run, they prove quite uneconomical. You may need to take up to four of a cheaper multi to get the same benefits as one of the superior quality, and taking a higher number increases your risk of unwelcome side-effects. Choosing the right multivitamin and mineral formula is not always simple and straightforward. We are skilled in assessing your vitamin and mineral needs, assuring that you will get the best value for money and the absolute best for your health. Call today to let us help you feel your best!

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The Independent Donation - Anonymous

From time to time St Michaels Association receives donations from people wishing to remain anonymous. On this occasion $5000 has been donated to St Michaels to assist in the building new cupboards in the St Michaels Hall

to accommodate some of the different program equipment and general cleaning items such as brooms, mops, buckets etc. The installation of the beautiful cupboards was through Unique Joinery who have done a won-

derful job in fitting the cupboards and had them installed in no time at all. St Michaels Association Inc. would like to take this opportunity to thank the anonymous donor for their contribution.

We would like you to know that this wonderful gift has and will continue to make a difference. Thank you

Calendars 2012 - Ade Doyle With Christmas on the way Ade Doyle, one the many talented and creative support workers at St Michaels has kindly offered her services in producing personalised Calendars for 2012. The Calendars can be made to reflect an individuals requirements with many calendars being made up of funny photos of themselves, their family or friends. The Calendars make an ideal Christmas gift or 10 THE INDEPENDENT, September, 2011

birthday present and cost only $10 each. All proceed go directly to St Michaels and will be used to purchase much needed materials and equipment for the Day Program. If you would like to purchase a calendar or two please call Ade Doyle at St Michaels on 6331 7651

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The Independent New Independent Living Units

We are seeking assistance from the community via donations or sponsors to come forward and assist St Michaels convert this old Terrapin school unit into 3 modern independent living units. We estimate the project would be in vicinity of $220,000.

lot of work to be done and simply St Michaels is unable to fund the project, completely. If you are able to assist in anyway please contact Rod Campbell on 6331 7651 Thankyou for your consideration

The plans have been drafted but as the images portray there is a

Modernised Interactive Resources St Michaels Association as seeking assistance from the community and or benefactors in providing funding of $15,000 to modernise interactive resources for our clients.

It is absolutely essential to the ongoing support of enhancing intellectually and disabled clients with appropriate stimulus through suitable activities and entertainment.

For over 45 years St Michaels Association has been working in the wider community, in providing direct support to special need clients, however as finances have been strained there has not been the funding available to continually improve or upgrade these essential client resources.

Our focus is to generate enough funds to upgrade and modernise the interactive entertainment resources. These resources will enhance the lives of Tasmanian clients with intellectual disabilities through this type of activity clients will gain and or improve their motor skills, dexterity,

co-ordination, concentration and greatly assist in developing their independence. St Michaels Association Inc. is building a community in its own right, there are many special needs clients that access the facilities/ amenities/equipment on a daily basis through the student accommodation, day programme, youth break, share accommodation, community housing and independent living residents. All members of this community were invited

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to participate in the collation of the inventory/ target list and most certainly will directly benefit from upgrading, modifying and implementing new technologies. Thankyou for your consideration.

If you are able to assist in anyway please contact Rod Campbell on 6331 7651

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The Independent C.H.A.T. @ St Michaels - Overview C.H.A.T. @ St Michaels is an outreach program that provides clients with an opportunity to participate as a team in the creation of a regular newsletter based on their experiences in the programs at St Michaels. CHAT was established in February 2011 initially as a computer skills course. Over the year C.H.A.T. further developed the clients Computer Skills and introduced Internet and Literacy as part of the program The C.H.A.T. team is made up of Madeline Dunstone, Lara Stone and David Neil If you would like further information on the C.H.A.T. program please contact Donald Richards Disability Support Manager 6331 7651

Hawthorn Football Club By David My favourite team is the Hawthorn Football Club. Alastair Clarkson is the Senior Coach. Brendon Bolton is the Assistant Coach. Chris Fagan is also an assistant coach so is David Flood. I do like Hawthorn, I have been a supporter for a fair while. The club started in 1902. Hawthorn is very successful, the club has won a Premiership in each of the last 5 decades. The team has a total of ten premierships in 47 years.

Grand Finals in a row from 1983 to 1989, this is a record for AFL football. Since 2007 Hawthorn has come to Launceston to play at Auora Stadium, they play around 4 games a year here. Since 1996 the memberships have grown from 12, 484 to 56,084 members in 2011. I would like to become a Hawthorn Member. I would enjoy going to see Hawthorn play here in Launceston. Jokes By Madeline & Lara Q. What do witches use for hairspray? A. Scare spray Q. What medicine would you give a sick ant? A. Antibiotics Q. How do you start a teddy bear race? A. Ready, teddy, go Cooking with Vicki By Lara Cooking with Vicki is fun. Cooking is something we all do together. We cook every Tuesday at Merton House. We cook lunch and then eat together at the table. We take turns to set the table. Chicken Stir Fry is one of my favourite lunches. I also like Pizza. We make lots of different types of pizza’s. I have pineapple, onion, ham and cheese on my pizza. Things I do at St Michaels By David

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On Tuesday I cook with Vicki. We cook lunch together, there are 6 in the group cooking at Merton House.

to play the Xbox in the games room. I played with my Nintendo DS. I brought new games to take with me.

We cook sausage rolls, chicken stir fry with lots of vegetables and rice. Gluten free sausages and vegetables also. I like to cook Shepherds Pie with the potato on the top. It is one of my favourite meals.

When I was on the ship, Dad, Mum and I tried some snails for lunch. William wouldn't try them. Dad likes them, Mum and I throught they were awful.

On Monday afternoon I do photography. We take photos of each other, birds, butterflies, trees and lots of other interesting things. We then put them onto coloured paper for a book. Each week we have a different photograph to use. One afternoon we went to the walking track by the river. You can also take your dog there for an exercise. We took photo’s of the water, trees, plants and ourselves. I like photography. Holiday to America and Canada By Madeline I flew from Launceston to Sydney, then went on a very large cruise ship. The pool was very large and had a big slide. I didn’t swim, it was too cold and windy. The cruise ship took along time to get to Canada. When I was on the ship I ate lots of seafood. My family and I ate afternoon tea every day. There was lots of food to choose from. My brother William likes

They were special snails. They were served warm and had a garlic sauce. You use a fork to get them out of their shells. When I was in Canada I saw a bear. He was sleeping, had lots of fur. We were not allowed to touch the bear, just take photos. My family and I went for a ride in an amphibious vehicle it looked like duck. This special vehicle drove on land and water. I got a whistle to wear around my neck. It looks like the bill of a duck and makes a quacking sound when I blow it. When we travelled we used buses and taxis. We stayed at lots of different places. I ate lots of different foods on my holiday. I had a very good time. Riddles By Madeline & Lara Q. Where do sheep have their hair cut? A. At the barbers Q. What do you call a crate of ducks? A. A box of quackers

The Independent Welcome to St Michaels

Students, teachers and parent of Exeter High School enjoyed a warm welcome at a “Welcome to St Michaels BBQ lunch during October. The purpose of the BBQ was primarily to showcase the Student Accommodation within the Desmond Wood Complex at the St Michaels Campus. A number of parents and students commented that the facilities were great and that they would be happy living in the Student Accommodation.

is primary for students that live out of the immediate area, are under the age of 16 and who are or will be attending special units in the education department ie Students Works. Accommodation is provided from Sunday evening to Friday morning during school terms.

“the facilities were great and I would be happy living at St Michaels”

Student accommodation

St Michaels Association Inc - At a glance St Michaels Association is a not-for-profit non-government organisation. Providing accommodation and support to people with intellectual and physical disabilities for over 45 years. The vision of St Michaels is to develop independence through maximising the individual

qualities of Tasmanians living with a disability. Our Mission is to support the physical and emotional needs of our clients and their families through the provision of personalised care programs, training and a variety of accommodation services St Michaels rely heavily

on grants, local community support, donations and fund raising to meet our clients needs. All proceeds received are redistributed back into the St Michaels Association Inc. community.

please complete the form see page 21 and forward it to Rod.Campbell@stmicha or post it to PO Box 306 Newstead, Tas. 7250 Thanking you for your consideration.

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The Independent Recipes to make your mouth water with Jan Rice, Lisa Jackson and Maree Stewart Ready or not, the festive season is just around the corner! On Christmas Day I love to dress up the pudding with a yummy creamy sauce. Here are 3 to choose from and of course a wonderful pudding. Please enjoy

Rum Cream Sauce By Jan Rice 125g packaged cream cheese* 30g butter* 1 egg Pinch salt 1 cup icing sugar 1 tspn lemon juice 300ml thickened cream 2 tblspn rum *creamed cheese and butter at room temp. Beat cheese until light & creamy, add icing sugar, butter, egg & salt. Mix well and beat in lemon juice. Fold in softly beaten cream & rum, mix well. Refrigerate several hours before serving.

Mum’s Brandy Sauce By Lisa Jackson 1 cup of boiling water 3 teaspoons of instant coffee 2 cups of white sugar Boil these ingredients together until mix is syrup Cool mixture before adding ½ cup of Brandy Bottle and enjoy over Christmas pudding or Ice-cream

Brandy Sauce By Maree Stewart 1 Cup Cream 2 Cups Milk Nutmeg to taste 1 Vanilla Instant Pudding Brandy – (6 or so capfuls) Beat ingredients together and refrigerate. Best served cold over pudding.

Christmas Pudding By Maree Stewart 1 Cup Mixed Fruit 1 Cup Sultanas 1 Cup Currants Orange (squeeze over fruit) Approx. 1/2 cup brandy/rum or whisky Glazed Cherries (Optional) Dried Apricots (Optional) Mixed Peel (Optional) Soak Fruit in Alcohol and juice of Orange overnight or longer. Prepare Calico Pudding Cloth 65cm x 65cm (approx), cut strip of Calico from edge to use as a tie. Lay two strips of Glad wrap cross ways in cloth, this encases mixture and prevents water from getting in. 2 Cups Soft Breadcrumbs 1 Cup Plain Flour

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1 Teaspoon Carb Soda Cinnamon or similar spices (Optional) Essence - Lemon, Vanilla, Rum, Brandy, Almond (All or some) Add to Fruit by hand in large bowl, this will coat the fruit and prevent fruit from sticking together. 1 Cup Butter 1 Cup Brown Sugar (Can use White) 3 Eggs Cream Butter and Sugar add Eggs (This may curdle, just add to fruit quickly and mix with hand). Boil water in boiler add a little milk to water, this stops boiler discoloring. If making 2 puddings use extra large boiler or use 2 boilers. Ensure water is kept boiling and topped up throughout Cooking. Boil for 4 - 4.5 Hours. This recipe makes 2 average or 1 large Christmas Pudding. It is not necessary to boil again, heat in the Microwave, suitable to freeze whole or in serving slices. And to top it off here’s something to make you laugh... “Even better the second time around”

tained the people from next door, the turkey tasted just as good as it had the day before. Day 4 relations came to stay, poor gran is looking old, we finished up the Xmas pud and ate cold turkey. On the 5th day, outside the snowflakes flurried, but we were nice and warm inside, we ate the turkey curried. Day 6 I must admit the Xmas spirit died, children fought and bickered, ate turkey rissoles—fried. The 7th day of Xmas, my true love did he wince, when he sat down at the table and was offered turkey mince. Day 8 and nerves were getting frayed, the dog had run for shelter, I served up turkey pancakes with a glass of alka seltzer On day 9 the cat left home, by lunch time dad was blotto, he said he’d had to have a drink, to face turkey risotto. Day 10 all the booze had gone, except for the home brew, as if it wasn’t bad enough, we all suffered turkey stew.

On the 1st day of Xmas, my true love said to me I’m glad we brought a fresh turkey and a proper Xmas tree.

On the 11th day of Xmas, the Xmas tree was moulting, the mince pies were hard as rocks and the turkey was revolting

On the 2nd day of Xmas, much laughter could be heard as we tucked into our turkey, a most delicious bird.

The 12th day my true love had a smile upon his lips, the guests had gone, the turkey too, we dined on fish & chips!

The 3rd day we enter-

Merry Christmas

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Photo Sales Photos are taken during most of the programs at St Michaels, all photos are available to be purchased if required. For photos that appear in The Independent complete the form on page 20 and return it to St Michaels Association Inc. There are a number of different sizes available 6’ x 3’ = $2 6’ x 8’ = $3 8’ x 10’ = $7 12’ x 8’ = $10 Cost includes postage & delivery

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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING – Line Advertisements Classified advertising line ad rate = $0* (free). *limit of 25 characters per line (including spaces) x 4 lines x 1 edition. A new form is required for every edition To advertise as a *FREE LINE ADVERTISEMENT complete the form below, deliver in person to St Michaels Association, 22 Hobblers Bridge Road, fax to 63342132 or email FREE LINE AD to Name:…………………………………………… Phone:………………………………………… Date:…………………………. Address:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…...………. Classification:………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... Copy (insert the individual letters including spaces in the boxes below)

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The Independent Services offered at St Michaels St. Michaels Association Day Program is an adult training program for people with special needs that require support in the development of the life skills that they may require to live independently in the community. The program operates from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 3 pm, most weeks of the year.

Merton House Adult Accommodation is a transitional program that provides accommodation and training for adults who are preparing to live independently in the community. The program operates in the evenings from 3.00 pm to 9.00 am Monday to Friday and 3.30 pm to 9.30 am Saturday and Sunday. The residents attend day programs within and outside the organisation.

Community Outreach Program started in 1995. The goals in this program are to give people assistance in their own home environment in the areas of life skills, personal care and budgeting and banking to maintain and develop their independent skills.

Community Housing The Association also supports two Community Homes as a part of the Community Integration Program (CIP). Each

homes accommodates 4 residents who are supported in the evenings 3.30 pm to 9.30 am, 7 days a week, with day support provided on Saturday and Sunday and the residents attending their day programs during the week.

This support may be in their home, day or night, or at an educational or work facility. This program currently extends through to the Southern Region where we provide support to young children with accessing their educational programs.

Desmond Wood Complex – is a multi purpose facility that provides:

Social Club is held in the hall at St Michaels Association every Saturday Night from 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm. This is a time for clients to get together for a meal and engage in leisure activities of their choice such as card or board games, singing, dancing or enjoying a footy match on TV with a friend.

Student Accommodation for students under the age of sixteen who are attending special units in the education department. Accommodation is provided from Sunday evening to Friday morning during school terms. Youthbreak is provided to children up to the age of 25 in the Desmond Wood Complex from Friday 4.00 pm to Sundays at 4.00 pm when funding is available.

DW Units there are also 3 independent units that are an extension of the Desmond Wood Complex and are accommodated by clients that are in the need of long term support in all areas of their care.

Individual Programs St Michaels Association provides contracted support to individuals to meet their specific needs.

Independent Living Units are the most recent development at St Michaels Association. Each of the units provide independent living in a safe, supported environment. These units are more suited to clients with higher skills, requiring minimal assistance.

Did you know? The St Michaels Hall and kitchen facilities are available for hire. If you are interested in hiring the facilities please call Lisa on 6331 7651

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