Forsight Australia Gives Back to the Community

Forsight Australia continues its Community involvement through its links with Rotary, Inner Wheel and Probus Clubs in North Rocks. We share our multi-purpose room constructed by RFBI, MasoniCare, Masonic Club, Rotary Club of Carlingford, the John T Reid Charitable Trusts, Inner Wheel Clubs of Beecroft and Parramatta and Rotary Clubs of Thornleigh and West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook.

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Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution - Changes Lives

Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) is a Provider of Aged Care Services and Disability Services in regional locations in New South Wales. RFBI has been a generous donor, making a difference to the lives of clients who have special needs but do not have families since 2010. RFBI has co-funded projects in partnership with Genworth and the Genworth Foundation. Projects completed are the Sensory Art Studio and Sensory Garden, Wheelchair, additional accessible Sensory kitchens and bathrooms, Therapy equipment for seven therapy rooms, carports for group home buses and covered walkways to protect our Deafblind on their way to their outdoor laundry in our Villawood group home.

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Genworth Coffee and Catch-up

I enjoyed morning tea with DeAnna Burton at Genworth on 9 May 2017, to discuss projects and the two Backyard blitz planned for 8 and 16 June 2017.

I gave DeAnna an update on the Genworth 2016 Solar Panels project. I am grateful to DeAnna for giving me time to tell the Forsight Australia story and our vision for 2018 and beyond.
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Christmas gift giving 2016

Another Joint project for Genworth and Rotary.

When the Genworth Christmas gift giving began in 2010, our clients did not know what to do with their parcel, but when given a gift from Genworth last Christmas (1996), they knew exactly what to do with their parcel. There were lots of smiles all around as ribbons were undone paper was unwrapped to feel a special gift inside. Each employee chose to purchase a gift from a Wish list.

To compliment the generosity shown by Genworth, the Rotary Club of Thornleigh and West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook also donated gifts to reach a grand total of 65 gifts. What a wonderful achievement for Rotary members and Genworth management and employees.
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“There’s no Place Like Home”

“There’s no Place Like Home” exclaimed Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and repeated by Trish Wetton CEO on our newest video funded by Genworth.

Forsight Australia is fortunate to have Genworth and the Genworth Foundation supporting us to reach our marketing goals to turn our houses into safe and energy efficient homes where clients with dual sensory and other disabilities from all over Australia will want to live. Have a look at our newest video on our website www.forsightaustralia.org.au . The script was written by DeAnna Burton and filmed by John Hunter at five different locations all funded by Genworth. Forsight Australia group homes, sensory kitchens, gardens, sensory walks and much more are featured with Regional Manager Lena Blinko working with clients and members her team at Jacaranda and Illawarra.

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New Sensory Garden and Art Studio

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Forsight Australia has a new Art Studio and Sensory garden at our Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks. Our clients will be able to learn new skills while enjoying tactile activities.

This project was made possible by generous donations from Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution, Genworth Foundation, Inner Wheel Clubs of Beecroft and Parramatta, Rotary Club of Carlingford and Dr John and Mrs Helen York and Mrs Yolanda Seach.

The Sensory Garden is to be completed by volunteers from Genworth Corporate Services management team and staff who will all work together for a full day on a backyard blitz.

This innovative Community funded project is entirely for our clients to enjoy while learning new skills.

Sensory Art will become an integrated activity in each of our 13 Group Home Accommodation Programs in 2017. Forsight Australia already provides a range different sensory suppoand the addition of sensory art will add to the other tactile activities offered.

Sensory Art will include tactile activities, painting, pottery, models in paper Mache, herb gardening and much more.

• Imagine sitting in the sensory garden amidst tubs of aromatic herbs, lavender and gardenias or touching the water feature while a fine mist waters the fernery and washes the pebbles.

• Imagine using edible food items to create Artistry! There is no end to the choices we will be able to offer.

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Thank You to our Volunteers

Thank you to Chairman Frank Deane and all Board members for their volunteer contribution to what we are most proud of, the high quality of our service. Thank you to Ross Liddle at United Way Sydney and Ellie Comerford and Lyn Stroud at Genworth for the Corporate Partner working bees and room makeovers held recently. A vast difference was made to Ivy group home and Waratah group home gardens.

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.

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.

Forsight Expansion

We are excitedly planning for our expansion – to open 4 new Forsight community group homes during 2013 to accommodate 20 deafblind adults in the Sydney metropolitan area. Genworth Sensory hands-on kitchens will be included in the new community group homes so these kitchens will resemble Forsight’s sensory kitchens Jacaranda, Waratah and Illawarra community group homes.

Genworth 2012 Golf Day

Thursday 27 September 2012.
A big thank you to Ellie Comerford and her team at Genworth for inviting Trish Wetton CEO of Forsight to represent Forsight at the Genworth 2012 Golf Day held at The Lakes Golf Course. Read More...

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.

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...

Kitchen Make Over for Camellia Group Home

Residents at Camellia group home are thrilled with their new kitchen. A new stove top and oven, dishwasher and new cupboards plus tiled floor have made the kitchen unrecognisable. What an amazing difference. What a difference a donation makes! Image of Camillia Group Home new kitchen.

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.

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.

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.