Billabong Zoo Outing
26 Sep 2017
Last Thursday we had our chance to go to the Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie.
Even though we have organised to have an outing to the zoo before, in the past we were unlucky with the weather. This time the weather was on our side and it was a lovely, warm and sunny day.
Shrek the crocodile put on a great display for us and so did the koalas. The cats were more reluctant to put on a show, they preferred lazying in the sun.
Happy Clients in our NDIS Program
18 Sep 2017
We recently received wonderful feedback from our client Tim and his full time carer, trusted person and mother, Georgie.
Georgie explains that Tim used to be cooped up at home without being able to get out and about each day. Georgie, being his full time carer, didn’t get regular respite from attending to Tim’s daily needs. With the flexibility to choose what Tim wants to get out of his NDIS plan, he is now involved in the community in both social and recreational activities with the assistance of his support workers. He attends regular events in the evenings and is much happier now with the added freedom his plan gives him. Georgie has stated that Tim’s plan is the best thing she organised for him, both their lives are now stress free!
A Worthy Cause
01 Sep 2017
MSS are part of the Taree Community Connect Committee who have proudly donated $23,265.51 to “Make a Difference”. This money will go towards the purchase of an Orange Sky Laundry Van, which will provide homeless and disadvantaged people in Taree a free clothes washing service, provide resources, provide referrals to services who can help, give people someone to talk to and most of all show people they matter.
In 2016 Erin Denham, a Port Macquarie High School teacher, founded “Make a Difference” (M.A.D), a local not for profit registered charity, with the primary aim of assisting people in our local community who are disadvantaged and are experiencing hardship. M.A.D’s first project was to raise $110,000 to purchase an Orange Sky Laundry Van.
Within 8 months Erin and her team of 7 had raised $90 000 when the Taree Community Connect Committee made contact with M.A.D in regards to some funds raised by the Taree community over the past 4 years to help the homeless in the Taree area through holding Winter Sleepout events.
Alison Neale from M.A.D met with the committee to present M.A.D’s dream of helping the homeless and disadvantaged. The donation from Taree Community Connect Committee to M.A.D brought them to their required $110 000. M.A.D has now ordered the van which they will launch in late September.
The van will service all areas from Kempsey to Taree. M.A.D relies 100% on volunteers and support from the community. The focus for the M.A.D team over the coming weeks is to recruit volunteers ready to start when the van arrives. If you would like to volunteer please register with Orange Sky http://www.orangeskylaundry.com.au/get_involved
My Meals Update
11 Aug 2017
The My Meals Program has delivered 26,810 meals this financial year which is an increase of just over 10% from last year. My Meals is an amazing program with staff and volunteers working together for the benefit of the wider community. Our wonderful volunteers contribute 222.5 hours per week to the program. Volunteers have said they not only enjoy the work but they love the atmosphere in the kitchen with the staff. The menu has a great range of meals and desserts and is complimented by the range of monthly specials we offer.
Community Wellbeing July News
04 Aug 2017
In the midst of the winter months, we have enjoyed some glorious days out and about, basking in the sunshine and keeping warm near the fires. July saw us visit a number of new venues, including The Salty Dog at Coloongolook and Kenny’s Thai Kitchen at Forster. Both served fantastic meals and looked after our group incredibly well. A trip to Andy’s Cherry Pie store at Coolongolook was a necessity to purchase scrumptious Cherry Pies to devour with some fresh cream once home.
Christmas in July was an enjoyable day for all who attended. Once the logistical nightmare of transporting over 60 people to Wauchope was mastered, the day went along without a hitch. Wauchope Country Club welcomed us with a lovely venue decorated in the spirit of Christmas. We enjoyed fantastic service and delicious food! Raffles and trivia, musical entertainment, and fun with friends was all included in the day.
Krambach Hotel is also one of the favourite “country charm” venues to visit, and just sometimes, we encounter more than we expect. After a lovely hot meal, and whilst getting ready to depart, one of the locals, “Rocko”, decided he would like to join our group! Needless to say, all were very welcoming!
And to finish off the month, a game of Ten Pin Bowling was enjoyed by those who attended. Always a bit of fun, rivalry, and plenty of laughter! It’s great to see people stepping out of their comfort zones and giving different things a go.