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...

United Way - Genworth - Forsight Australia Volunteer Day

On Thursday 5 June 2014, a team of Volunteers from Genworth will team up with Ross Liddle from United Way Australia to make over the garden and do an indoor project at Forsight’s Pines Group Home at Marrickville.

From the moment the team of Volunteers walk through the front door in their distinctive polo shirts there is a frenzy of activity that takes place under the watchful eye of Ross Liddle who is a skilled United Way Sydney Team Leader and Volunteer Co-odinator of Corporate projects.

Forsight employees provide refreshments throughout the entire day, plus lunch for the hard working Volunteers. In addition, they volunteer alongside the Corporate volunteers to share the experience.

We are looking forward to welcoming the Genworth team once again to Forsight with assistance from United Way Australia.

Forsight "In Touch"... Newsletter

Forsight’s Quarterly Newsletter is being published again this year using our in-house resources to keep costs to a minimum. In touch … will also be available for viewing on our website. We will develop this Newsletter during 2013 to broaden the content and make it interesting and informative. News on items such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Individualised funding, Person Centre Planning and Inclusion are just some of initiatives we will be discussing.

A letters to the Editor Page will be developed if we receive letters from our readers.

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...

Forsight Annual General Meeting

ON 26TH OCTOBER 2011 AT 6.30PM

Dear Members and Friends of Forsight,
I am writing this personal Invitation to you to attend the 33rd AGM.

Forsight’s 2011 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th October at the Epping RSL & Community Club, Rawson Street, Epping, starting with refreshments at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

All welcome to attend. Come and hear all about Forsight’s achievements over the past financial year and our strategies for the future.

“Person-centred Planning for Deafblind Adults living in Community Group Homes” will be discussed on the night, including a Q&A session.

Come and join us. RSVP: Telephone 9872.9000 or Email

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 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.

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.

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...

Public Holidays - 2011

Public Holidays 2011 (New South Wales).
Good Friday - Friday 22nd April 2011.
Easter Saturday - Saturday 23rd April 2011.
Easter Sunday - Sunday 24th April 2011.
Easter Monday - Monday 26th April 2011.

ANZAC Day - Sunday 25th April 2011. ANZAC Day Holiday Tuesday 27th April
Queen’s Birthday - Monday 13th June 2011.
Labour Day - Monday 3rd October 2011.

Christmas Gift Giving...

We have put together a few pictures of our 2010 Christmas gift giving party, which was kindly sponsored by Genworth Financial Team. Take a look.

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!

Royal Freemasons' Donation

I am pleased to let you know that a donation has been received from the Royal Freemasons' Benevolent Institution for three projects that I submitted applications for recently.

The projects include:
One customised wheelchair for Natalie Sheedy at Illawarra group home.
Five plastic wheelchairs for recreational indoor and outdoor use for Natalie Shedy, Coral Wilson, Nolan Frazer, Steven Bartman and Amanda Swanson.
Specialised Exercise Equipment to set up a Mobile Gym to enable residents to trial items of equipent for suitablity and then keep them for an agreed length of time before trying out something else.

Our thanks go out to the Royal Freemasons' Benevolent Institution for their generous donation.
Trish Wetton.

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.

Christmas Public Holidays

Christmas New Year Break 2010/2011.
Christmas Day - Official day is Monday 27th December 2010.
Boxing Day - Official day is Tuesday 28th December 2010.
New Year’s Day - Official day is Monday 3rd January 2011.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every resident and staff member a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to say a big thank you for making 2010 a happy and successful year.

I would also like to pass on to Forsight’s Chairman Mike Bailey and all Board Members a sincere thank you for each significant voluntary contribution to the Forsight Community through their Corporate Governance of this organisation. – Trish Wetton, CEO.

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.

Fancy Dress Disco

To be held on Thursday 2nd December 2010. PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY. I will do a reminder closer to the announced date.
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 and 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.

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...

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.