Jun 27, 2017
Warrah Winter News Out Now
FROM THE CEO
After so many years of festival celebrations, our community is subtly guided by the seasonal changes connected to them. This becomes more evident as we approach the middle of the year and the Winter Solstice. The beauty of the winter spiral and its call to ‘seek the light within’ lives so strongly in Warrah residents. It is carried in a way that brings the whole community along. From GK Chesterton:
Never we know but in sleet and in snow,
The place where the great fires are,
That the midst of the earth is a raging mirth,
And the heart of the earth a star.’
We all grieve for our dear friend, Warrah resident Jude Miller who passed over on May 1 at the young age of 36 years. The celebration of his life that was held at Warrah shone a light on much of what made him a unique and extraordinary person. He is dearly missed.
Warrah Tax Appeal: The Pool Project Stage 2
Many will have received our tax appeal in recent weeks. The wonderful improvements to our pool that we were able to implement from the first Pool Project Appeal in 2015 have made such a difference to how people use the pool, and we want to encourage and build on this interest. We hope to complete the project with Stage 2 making it a beautiful outdoor area for enjoyment by all. Thankyou in anticipation of your support.
NDIS Transition: Information Session for
We are all making progress with the transition to the NDIS, although at times it seems very slow and uneven! Our frustration is that in this new system, Warrah can no longer solve all the problems as we used to under the old system. The fundamental change in responsibilities in this new NDIS ‘world’ has been one of the core issues for resolution, although there are many others! We will hold a Warrah NDIS Family Information Session on Tuesday 11 July at 2pm in the Nordoff Hall. The primary focus of the sessions will be to ensure that everyone understands where responsibilities sit, who can do what, and help to build confidence of families to navigate and use the new system.
All Staff Day: Inspire, Engage, Inform
We recently held Warrah’s first All Staff Day. The day included staff from all parts of Warrah - administration, maintenance, farm, school, and front line staff delivering services. Sessions covered some of Warrah’s future plans and some of our new initiatives, followed by fascinating presentations from colleagues working in the international Curative Education and Social Therapy field. After some practical workshops – bamboo craft, bread making, farm craft, and mosaic making – a shared lunch brought us all together to finish. Feedback was very positive, particularly building insight across the organisation, and we hope to make it a regular event.
Warrah Farm Enterprises: Welcome Borja Valls
Saturday trading at Warrah Farm Shop has commenced, and our Grand Saturday Opening early in May was a great success with many visitors, new and old. Warrah Farm is a unique part of Warrah, and attracts such interest in what we do – it is wonderful to see it growing and expanding.
If you haven’t already, I hope that all our readers will take the opportunity to visit the new revamped shop and fabulous displays and extend a warm welcome to Borja Valls, our new Enterprise Manager. See also the Farm pages later in your Warrah News.
Spring Fair: Saturday 9 September
Preparation has begun for the upcoming Warrah Spring Fair. Community Development Manager Rebecca Beare is again bringing her inimitable style to this event, and we aim to have it grow in 2017. If you would like to volunteer to help, have something you would like to contribute, or simply have ideas to offer, please contact Rebecca at the Warrah Office. We need you!
Jasper Road Houses
At last our builders have been appointed, and the houses at Jasper Road will soon begin. Westbury Constructions are a construction company that has good experience in building specialist disability housing. They have completed projects for a number of other disability service providers as well as government.
After some unexpected delays, Crown Group commenced the construction of new kitchens in Macs and Wattle Tree at no cost to Warrah. Families, staff and residents are asked to be patient while the project is underway. There will be some inconvenience, but it will be kept to a minimum.
Warrah’s recent Curative Seminar has again made a great contribution to the body of knowledge and expertise of people working with children with special needs, whether teachers, support workers, or therapists. Held over three days in the April holiday break, a group from across Australia, and a teacher from Hohepa in NZ joined Warrah staff to explore ‘Autism & the Sense of Self.’ With keynote lectures from Barbara Baldwin and Dr Lakshmi Prasanna as well as contributions from therapists, it was a most successful event.