Deafblind Awareness Week - 24 to 30 June 2014

Forsight Australia will celebrate Deafblind Awareness Week in 2014, with the following activities:

1. The launch of the Rubella Network around Australia. This network will link into the Rubella European Network that is centred at Sense UK and coordinated by Joff McGill.

Joff McGill addressed the final plenary session at the 9th National Deafblind Conference hosted by Forsight Australia at the Mercure Central Hotel in Sydney on 7 and 8 June 2014. Trish Wetton CEO of Forsight Australia joined the Rubella European Network at the 8th DbI European Deafblind Conference held in Lille France on 22 to 25 August 2012 and returned from this conference with plans to launch the Australian Rubella Network at the Australian conference. Read More...

Genworth Annual Golf Day and Fundraiser

On Thursday 19 September 2013, Genworth held its Annual Golf Day at Manly Golf Course.
Trish Wetton, CEO joined Lyndsey Mckee from United Way Australia at the Genworth Charity Hole and spoke to Genworth employees and their customers about Forsight’s services for adults who are deafblind with additional disabilities living in community group homes located in Sydney and the Nepean area.

Genworth very generously matched $ for $ donated on the day. On behalf of our deafblind adults I conveyed to Genworth CEO Ellie Comerford and organisers Dorothy Lee, Kim Matthews Stuart and Zoe Adams Lau their sincere thanks.

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.

Welcome New Staff Member

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

CEO Report to Board

My Report covers the period 23rd September to 1st December 2010. On 27th October a very successful AGM was held at the Epping Club. The meeting was well attended with over 75 residents, staff, Board members, Foundation members and friends in attendance. I was contacted after the meeting by people who attended telling me they had enjoyed this event.

Group Home Support - Open Close Dates

Group Home Support Centre Close/Open Dates.
The GHSC will close on Thursday 23rd December 2010 and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January 2011. Please ensure that leave time sheets and forms are submitted ASAP and normal time sheets submitted on time to your group home. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all staff.

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...

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.

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.

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 -