Thank you to HM’s and DSW’s
Following a successful 2015 AGM on 28 October 2015, I would like to congratulate all House Managers and Disability Support Workers who accompanied residents on the night. Everyone dressed up for the occasion looking wonderful, happy and relaxed for dinner.

Group Home CQI Communication Link

Regional Managers will send out a Person-Centred report to all families and Advocates at the end of this year, setting out the outcomes achieved by each resident and group home during 2015. Feedback will be invited from families and Advocates.

Public Holidays in 2015-16

Christmas Day - Friday 25 December 2015
Boxing Day - Saturday 26 December 2015 (Saturday)
Additional Day - Monday 28 December 2015
New Year’s Day - Wednesday 1 January 2016

GHSC Christmas New Year Closure

The Group Home Support Centre at North Rocks will close at 12H.00 on Wednesday 23 December 2015 and re-open at 10H.00 on Monday 4 January 2016. Pays will be processed as normal on 28 and 29 December 2015.

Dates for your Diary

Leadership Group Meeting. A meeting will be held on Wednesday 25 November 2015 to be attended by all Leadership group members. The focus for this meeting is the NDIS. The Managers who have attended NDIS training sessions in 2015 will share information obtained so far on what Leadership team members need to be currently doing in their group homes.

Quarterly General Staff Meeting (QGSM)

The 4rd Quarterly General Staff meeting for 2015 will be held at the GHSC on Tuesday 1 December 2015 at 11am to 1pm including lunch. Guest Speaker will speak on the NDIS. It is critically important for all employees to attend this meeting. Certificates for 2015 attendance will be mailed by 23 December 2015.

Residents' Christmas Party

This year the Christmas party will be on Friday 19 December 2014 at 4.00 - 4.30pm and will be held at the Forsight Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks.

The Theme is ABBA and there will be more time for dancing this year. Dinner will be ABBA inspired. Santa will be visiting us with gifts for everyone.

Genworth management and staff have kindly donated beautiful Christmas gifts for each resident and the Rotary Clubs of Thornleigh and West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook have also donated beautiful gifts. The Beecroft Inner Wheel Club has donated gifts and bags of sweets to be given to Forsight residents for their Christmas party this year. We are so fortunate to have these wonderful donors supporting our residents again this year.

Forsight Australia AGM

The AGM was held again this year at the Epping Club. Over 90 members and guests accepted an invitation from Frank Deane, Chairman of the Board and Directors to celebrate a year of successful growth, expanding the number of group home from eight to 13. Read More...

Forsight opens another Group Home

Forsight Australia will open another group home in November 2014 when three of the five residents move into their new home in Coniston. Read More...

UPDATE on Forsight Australia Expansion

Forsight Australia opened the first of five new group homes last week when the first three residents moved into their new home in Blacktown. Two more residents have moved in this week to bring the total residents to five in this wonderful new purpose built group home. Read More...

Forsight Australia bus logo…

These will be appearing on new Forsight Australia buses that transport Deafblind adults around the Sydney, Nepean and Wollongong areas. Read More...

Social Media and Forsight

Forsight is right up there with the larger organisations in respect of its website which is colourful and kept up to date. Visit us at

You can Twitter us by going to our website and clicking on the Twitter icon on the Home page. To read our Blogs go to our website and click on the ‘BLOG’ Tab in the Menu Bar on each page.

Photographs of volunteers and lots of backyard blitz, garden and house make-overs, parties and other happenings are there to be enjoyed.

Our latest Backyard Blitz...

At Pines Group Home on 14 June 2012, 20 Genworth volunteers team up with Ross Liddle from United Way and the management team from Forsight to produce a fantastic result. The day turned out to be fine and sunny despite being grey and rainy prior to and after this event. Read More...

UPDATE - 2012 Genworth Sensory Hands-on Cooking project

I am pleased to report that the sensory kitchens at Jacaranda and Illawarra group homes in Glenmore Park are almost completed and they look amazing! Read More...

Exciting News on the current Genworth project

The Genworth Sensory Hands-on Cooking Project is at last underway. Work had delayed due to the weather in Sydney and its impact on our builder Anthony Dean, John R Dean Constructions Pty Ltd. Everyone was excited when work commenced at Illawarra group home on Monday 16th April 2012.

I was on hand at 7am with Kylie Horsfall, House Manager and the residents to photograph the builders dismantling the old kitchen cupboards and removing the old tiled flooring… see attached images.

Welcome to Forsight

Forsight welcomed two new directors to the Board on Wednesday 22nd February 2012. Chairman Mike Bailey paid tribute to Toni Alexander and John Allsopp for their volunteering and their commitment to serve on the Forsight board.

Toni and John individually bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board table. All the adults who are deaf/blind with additional disabilities will benefit from the energy and goodwill that having a full complement of board members brings.

Individualised Funding Seminar in Sydney

Forsight Board members and senior management attended the NDS ‘Leading the Way’ Seminar at the Sydney Hilton on Sunday 12th February 2012. Mike Bailey, Hilton McKenna, Andrew McRobert, Toni Alexander and John Allsopp attended along with Trish Wetton and Miriana Gazivoda.

Everyone enjoyed the full day of interesting speakers talking about topics, including person-centred planning and individualised funding. By July 2014 a new funding arrangement will be put in place by NSW Ageing, Disability and Home Care that will radically change the way disability programs are funded in the future.

There will be challenges along the way and Forsight Board and management are making sure they are up there with the best.

New Capital Works Project - 2012

A Garden Studio is planned for the garden at Forsight’s Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks. Funding submissions have been submitted to various community groups and it is hoped to have this project completed before December 2012. The Studio will provide a venue for up to 5 adults who are deafblind with additional disabilities to enjoy their choice of craft or artistic activity in a beautiful setting. Activities to be offered include, oil and water painting, pottery, crafts such as scrap booking, papier mache puppets and other hands on sensory activities. Read More...

Don't Dis My Ability - Disco Night...

A celebration of a Don’t Dis My Ability, a Disco with the theme “Saturday Night Fever” will be held on at Forsight’s Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks on Saturday 3rd December 2011 at 5pm to 7pm, on the same date that people around the world will be participating in their own special Annual event for Don’t Dis My Ability Week.

Come along and join in the fun. Don’t forget the theme “Saturday Night Fever”.
RSVP: Telephone 9872 9000 or Email

United Way Australia Working Bees

We are currently planning a number of working bees to be coordinated by United Way Australia and our Corporate Partners at our community group homes. Forsight community group homes stand out in the community because they blend in with their neighbours and compete for the best gardens.

We could not achieve this outcome without United Way Australia’s support for which we are very grateful. More on this in the second half of 2011.

Promoting Healthy and Happy Lifestyles

The Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institute’s projects are well underway. Five deafblind adults with physical disabilities are to receive new wheelchairs in the very near future funded by the Institute. Read More...

Corporate Partner Projects

The Forsight Foundation, United Way Australia and Corporate Partner Genworth Financial have commenced work on the Sensory Hands-on Cooking Project using Taste, Aroma and Taste at Jacaranda and Illawarra group homes in Glenmore Park, Penrith NSW. Read More...

Deafblind Awareness Week

Deafblind Awareness Week is celebrated all around the world during the week ending 2nd July 2011.  If you wish to visit the billboard featuring Helen Keller in the Big Apple NY click here

The Forsight Foundation for the Deafblind is celebrating Helen Keller’s birthday also on 2nd July.  A Musical Evening with the theme ‘Mama Mia’ will be enjoyed by 32 deafblind adults with additional disabilities and their support workers at Forsight’s Group Home Support Centre at North Rocks, Sydney, Australia.

Corporate Patners Working Bee

United Way Australia. :)
On 30th June, United Way Australia will be coordinating a team of Corporate volunteers to make over the garden and some rooms at Forsight's Illawarra group home at Glenmore Park. Kylie Horsfall, House Manager of Illawarra and her team of staff are getting ready to host the volunteers to give them plenty of refreshments and a healthy lunch. Read More...

Genworth Financial

New President and Chief Executive Ellie Comerford.
A Charity Lunch was enjoyed by organisations supported by Genworth, including Forsight Foundation. Ellie Comerford was warmly welcomed by Trish Wetton and other CEO's with everyone eager to tell Ellie about their organisation's vision and plans for the future. Doug Taylor, CEO of United Way Australia spoke about his recent trip to the US and his visits to benevolent institutions.

Deafblind Awareness Week - 2011

We will be celebrating Helen Keller's birthday in 2011 with a Musical Evening and Dinner to be held at Forsight's Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks on Saturday 2nd July 2011. The theme of the evening will be "Mama Mia" so there will be lots of dancing and ABBA music. Prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding performers among residents and staff.

Easter Bonnet Parade - 2011

Amanda is pictured here with direct care worker Colleen on her way to the SEE oundation's Easter Bonnet Parade. All Forsight's residents dressed up for this event and had a great time. When Amanda arrived home she was surprised to find that lots of Easter eggs had been delivered to her group home.

Genworth Hands-On Sensory Cooking Project

This latest project funded by Genworth Financial is one of the most exciting we have received funding for. Two group home kitchens will be upgraded to make them fully wheelchair accessible for deafblind adults to participate in cooking classes using the senses of touch, aroma and taste. Hands-on will get a new meaning - getting involved in kneading bread and pastry on a floured board will be just one of the hands-on experiences we will offer.

United Way project at Camellia Group Home, Villawood

A long time coming... well worth the wait.
Thank you to Hawker de Havilland for their generous donation in 2009 through United Way Sydney from everyone at Forsight Foundation. Read More...

Royal Freemason's Benevolent Institution of NSW

Health and Wellbeing Grant.
We were thrilled to receive a sizable donation towards this project in 2010/2011.  Our thanks go out to Alex Shaw, CEO and members of the Board of RFBI for their generosity and the support given to our deafblind adults with additional disabilities. Read More...

More on Camellia...

Camellia Garden Make-Over
United Way conducted a working bee involving volunteers from Zurich Insurance to upgrade the garden at Camellia a few years ago and the outcome of this working bee is still being enjoyed by the residents and staff members. The shrubs and plants have now matured and compliment the property.

United Way Sydney - Hawker De Havilland Project

Camellia Capital Works
The Forsight Foundation is grateful to United Way Sydney for their support to sustain our most important asset - our Group Homes. Read More...

A Visit to Muru Mittigar

On 1st March 2011 five members of District 9680 Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Texas and Oklahoma in the United States visited us. Our Forsight bus was used to take the team on a day trip to the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Educational Centre in Penrith New South Wales, Australia. Rotarian from Carlingford Club, Gary Hayman was our driver. At Muru Mittigar the team learned how to play the didgeridoo and to throw a boomerang so that it came back, then enjoyed a typical Aussie lunch.   Thank you to all at Muru Mittigar, everyone had a great time there.

The following day GSE Team Member Brad spent a vocational visit with Larry West Pest Services. Brad enjoyed comparing notes with Larry about his Pest Services Company in Oklahoma. We have posted a few snap shots of their visit HERE!

Group Home Backyard Blitz

In 2011 we are already busy planning more working bees with Ross Liddle, Corporate Volunteering Manager, United Way Australia and their Corporate Partners. Read More...

Pines Group Home Working Bee

December 2010 was a busy time for those of us at the Pines Group Home make over. I would like to say a big thank you to all those who helped make this a very successful day. Many thanks to United Way Australia and Nicholas Rainey and his team of volunteers from the Commonwealth Bank, Marrickville Branch.

Here are a few photographs, showing all the action on the day.

Our Fancy Dress Disco was a huge success!

Thank you to the staff members who supported our resident’s participation in this event. Fun was had by all when Residents and staff all dressed up to a “Rock n Roll” theme and enjoyed dancing to good music followed by a scrumptious supper during “Don't DIS my Ability Week” in December 2010.

This party was advertised on the ADHC website and was so well attended and popular that we are going to hold it again next year to celebrate Disability Week. See a couple of pictures from our party held on the 2nd December 2010.

Blooming Great...

Group Home Support Centre
Forsight Foundation Group Home Support Centre looks splendid when the Jacaranda tree is in full bloom.

The attached image was taken during the middle of November last year. Click on the image to view more detail.

Residents' Karaoke Christmas Party

To be held at Forsight - Grunsell House, 241 North Rocks Road, North Rocks. Thursday 16th December 2010.
As you would be aware the Residents’ Christmas Party is on again this year. The Rotary Clubs of West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook and Thornleigh, United Way Sydney and Beecroft Inner Wheel Club are all donating gifts for every resident from their Trees of Joy.

We will invite all donors to attend our party to see first-hand how their gifts bring cheer to our residents. Directors will be invited to join us.

Following the positive feedback on the Fancy Dress Disco we have decided to adopt the format with residents being seated in a large circle. This will make it easier for Santa to hand out gifts to residents and for the karaoke microphone to be handed around.

Starts at 4.00pm and finishes at 6.00pm. Admission will be free.
Contact Trish Wetton, 9872 9000 or email

Making a difference at Pines Group Home

Corporate Volunteering.
Ross Liddle from United Way Australia coordinated a working bee at Forsight’s Pines Group Home in Marrickville involving a team of volunteers from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia on 1st December 2010.

The Commonwealth Bank volunteers spent the day painting residents’ rooms in this beautiful old Federation group home. Forsight Foundation staff members looked after the volunteers by providing lunch and refreshments though out the day.

We are scoping more jobs for Ross Liddle and this wonderful group of volunteers who are keen to come back and assist on a regular basis.

Fancy Dress Disco

Just a reminder.... On Thursday 2nd December we will be having a "Fancy Dress Disco".... put it in your diary. We are holding this event during “Don’t DIS My ABILITY Week 2010”. The Venue is Forsight North Rocks and the time is 4pm to 6pm. Our funding body, NSW Ageing, Disability & Home Care, will be promoting our event on their website as part of the State wide celebration and promotion of people’s abilities, at . There will be plenty of music, dancing and lots of fun and good food with a theme of Rock n’ Roll.

Welcome New Staff Member

A warm welcome to our newest staff member - Kathleen Hevesi has joined the Jacaranda team.

Show Your Strength Rally

Thursday 28th October 2010 – Show Your Strength Rally 2010.
We have been invited by our peak disability body, National Disability Services (NDS) to join other community and disability organisations to show the strength of the disability sector and support the very successful Stronger Together initiative.

Stronger Together is the ADHC 10 Year Plan to expand and enhance disability services. Stage 2 is from 2010 to 2016 and is dependent upon funding being approved on Monday 18th October 2010. If funding is not approved by Government, organisations will not receive any additional funding.

Full details of the Rally will be faxed to each group home. If you would like to participate in this Rally please contact Miriana Gazivoda on 0419 427 485.

Forsight Rock n Roll Disco

To be held at Forsight - Grunsell House, 241 North Rocks Road, North Rocks.
A Fancy Dress Disco for Forsight's adults and members of the local Community to dance and party together focusing on the Six Senses.

Forsight's Dance Therapist, Kirsty Fromholtz will coordinate Disco Dancing with a Rock N Roll theme. Everyone will be able to: Use their Senses to participate in a Rock N Roll themed Disco Dance Party. Catch up with old friends and meet new friends. Dress up in exciting fancy dress costumes.

Enjoy Sensory music and dance with a focus on vibration, touch and feelings. Enjoy party food that will suit all tastes. Fancy dress costumes are being provided by Dural Party Hire free of charge. Party food is being donated.

Starts at 4.00pm and finishes at 6.00pm. Admission will be free.
Contact Trish Wetton, 9872 9000 or email


I wanted to give some feedback on your web page. I'm in the process of getting some resource pages together to provide for my middle school students.

We're getting a new student next semester who's blind and I want our whole class to be more knowledgeable on interacting with someone with this type of disability to make his transition here smooth. Your website has been a tremendous help - thank you, Tonya Perez.

Funding Approval for Jacaranda

We have exciting news about the approval of funding for our main bathroom upgrade at Jacaranda House.

We set up a meeting with the builder and Miriana at Jacaranda to discuss the commencement of this latest project including the installation of a walk in bath.

The bath company is bringing their mobile showroom to Forsight on Tuesday to demonstrate the walk in bath.  I can’t believe how fortunate Forsight is to be able create sustainable accommodation for our deafblind adults with ongoing donations from Genworth Financial, our Corporate partners, through the support of United Way Australia.
More updates to this story will follow...

Forsight Takes Delivery of a Donated Bus

The residents living at Amber group home are the proud owners of a new KIA Carnival Club purchased from our friends at Thompson KIA in North Parramatta. This vehicle was funded by generous donations received from, The Rotary Club of Carlingford, The Inner Wheel Club of Beecroft, Dr John and Helen York and Genworth Financial through their annual Golf Day proceeds.

Graham, Nerida, Libby and Kathy all love their KIA Carnival. It is very spacious and comfortable so they are very proud. Staff members, Pamela and Rebecca are also thrilled with the donated bus that has replaced their 11 year old bus.
View Images of our new donated bus.

Donors to attend a Rotary Meeting

All the above donors and recipients will be attending a Carlingford Rotary Club meeting to be held at Forsight Foundation on Tuesday 27th July where Forsight's Chairman Michael Bailey and the Treasurer Ross Davis will join Trish Wetton to tell everyone present about Forsight's Amber group home and the 7 other group homes operated by Forsight. A special thank you will be made to the generous donors by the residents.

Australasian Housing Institute

Recently, Trish Wetton received her Certificate of Membership of the Australasian Housing Institute.  The Institute promotes high standards and good practice for everyone working in social housing across Australia and New Zealand.
Trish is featured in the May 2010 edition of the AHI Publication: Housing People in a “Meet a New Member” segment. If you wish to read about Trish in the “Meet the New Member” segment, please follow this link...

Bathroom Reno for Illawarra Group Home

The Forsight Foundation is continually upgrading and modifying its 8 group homes to ensure all are fully wheelchair accessible.

This bathroom upgrade at Illawarra group home was fully funded by the Ageing, Disability and Home Care Department in 2009 to meet the changing needs of residents living at Illawrra.

Beecroft Inner Wheel Club

The Beecroft Inner Wheel Club members knitted warm woollen scarves for 32 residents to keep out the winter cold whilst giving each resident a tactile furry/fluffy scarf. Residents, Amanda, Andrew and Neil are pictured enjoying the experience. Everyone was able to choose using touch and smell and it was a wonderful sight to see everyone rugged up ready for Winter. There were giggles when the scarves tickled a few chins!

Our heartfelt thanks go to the Inner Wheel members from everyone at Forsight for the fine scarves that are going to be enjoyed by all for many winters to come.

More Renovations

MORE RENOVATIONS - at Waratah Group Home at Quakers Hill this time!!!

Major works have been undertaken at Waratah group home to modify the kitchen and expand the family room and also modify two bathroom to make them fully wheelchair accessible and patient hoist friendly at a cost of $125,000. Five young adults who are deafblind with additional disabilities have lived at Waratah since it was set up in 1989. In 2008 United Way Sydney offered Forsight the opportunity to upgrade a dark and inaccessible home into a bright open modern home.

Sensory items are installed to provide touch cues and to assist residents be more independent whilst enjoying the luxury of having modern facilities.

The photographs show the new kitchen which is mostly white. Light and bright surfaces give residents with sensory impairments more opportunities to use their residual sight to maintain or increase their independence. The floor is also white making walking around the room easier. At the end of the newly expanded family room a new window has been installed to allow the morning sun to flood into the entire kitchen family room area.

What a difference this Genworth Financial project makes to the lives of the five residents who live there -

What's Happening at Forsight?

Another United Way Sydney Project!
Donation by Genworth Financial.

Jacaranda group home in Glenmore Park we are building an addition to expand the kitchen family room to include a rumpus room. These photographs show the new roof line out from the rear of the existing building.
Genworth Financial is funding this Capital Works project in 2009/10 to modify Jacaranda group home to make it fully wheelchair accessible.
There are 2 Stages to this project:
Stage 1: Climate controlled multi-purpose room.
Stage 2: Expansion of living to include an outdoor patio out from the front living room, with wheelchair height tubs full of perfumed plants for the ultimate sensory experience.

A Big Thank You for Hilton

An Award for Hilton McKenna
Forsight takes the time to thank Community Volunteers.

Chairman Michael Bailey presents Director Hilton McKenna with an
Award of Excellence for his contribution to Forsight's Strategic Planning process during 2009-10, at the March 2010 Board meeting held at Forsight.

Hilton is Chairman of the Board Planning and Strategic Committee and his contribution to planning and developing Forsight's newest expansion initiative is much appreciated by the Forsight Community.

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Residents Celebrate Easter at Forsight

Easter is a special time at Forsight.
Many of our residents spend the Easter break at Forsight so we make sure the spirit of Easter touches everyone. Residents and staff are grateful to receive donated eggs from our Corporate partners through United Way Sydney. This year Graham, Chris, Libby, Nerida and Matthew had first choice of a wonderful array of Easter eggs donated by United Way. We thank United Way for making Easter such an enjoyable event. View images from this years celebration.

Fundraising for Forsight

To be held on Tuesday 16 February 2010, at the Forsight Foundation Centre, 241 North Rocks Road, North Rocks. Read More...

Welcome from the CEO

Welcome to The Forsight Foundation for the Deaf/Blind website. If this is your first visit to our new website I hope you enjoy browsing the domains and the information you discover. During your visit to this website you will learn that The Forsight Foundation is a unique organisation. You will read about us being the only service in Australia providing personalised accommodation service to adults who are deafblind with additional disabilities in community group home settings. Read More...