Meet Geoff. Geoff is an amazing support worker and has now moved into DW’s Support Coordinator role for the Deaf Community. Geoff is deaf and has always used his brilliant insights and experience to help and support other deaf people in the community.
Geoff worked as a cabinet maker all his life. Now he is 'semi-retired' but stays actively involved in the community. His passion for others has translated to much respect within the deaf community. We are extremely excited to see his wealth of life experience in this coordinator role.
Geoff will coordinate our Deaf participants to work with their NDIS packages to achieve their goals and increase their involvement in our local community.
Would you like Geoff’s skills and experience to help you with your NDIS? Contact him on [email protected]
A few of the team braved the rainy cold weather last week enjoying a historical afternoon at the Downs Steam Train Museum. Several participants are looking to engage in volunteer work on Tuesday mornings there. It was truly a well worth the trip!
Due to another function at Emerge, next Tuesday morning Connecting the Dots Cooking is moving to the afternoon and we’ll be visiting the Downs Steam Train Museum. We’re encouraging all our DW community join Jean and David to tour this treasured historical museum. Meet us at 16 Cambooya street south Toowoomba, but please contact David on 0406 243 705 or Jean on 04111 656 81 to confirm numbers.
What a great time we had cooking! On a very chilly morning, we whipped up these wonderful tasting lasagnes. Participants get to take home their special meals for family and friends to enjoy. Who wouldn’t be delighted to have this served for dinner?
Sneak preview into next week's cooking Beef and Black Bean with special fried rice kicking off at 9.00 am Tuesday. Text Jason on 0406 243 705 if you have a participant who’d love to take part.
We had many familiar faces from the DW community join us for our first day of Art Group and Connecting the Dots program! We enjoyed much chatter, lots of colour and of course, the wonderful hosting by the Emerge Team.
In the spirit of empowerment, we have started our new program, Connecting the Dots!
This will be in the context of community and a safe, friendly place to learn and discuss many valuable topics including
Meet Kerrod - an intelligent wood worker who is a perfectionist in his work and loves to have meaningful conversation. Kerrod is also blind and deaf.
DW support workers Geoff and Peter (who are deaf) worked alongside Kerrod's existing support team (from other agencies) to train in his adjusted communication style. The connection Geoff & Peter had straight away was amazing! Geoff found out him and Kerrod went to the same deaf school and knew a lot of the same people.
Support team member, Jenny wanted an innovative way of training support staff that would become a resource for providers while also telling the story of Kerrod’s rich and unique skills and abilities.
Big congratulations to Jenny for 'thinking outside the box' and to the existing support staff that took the time to be involved with this project
In this video, his family and friends show how they communicate. It's pretty obvious how much they treasure Kerrod's friendship and being a part of the rich life he lives!
Sandra the adventurer was at it again - on an adventure – with a day trip to Gatton. She lived there many years ago and it was the first time Sandra has been back.
Sandra showed her support worker, Bree, the sights and all the places Sandra remembered and where she used to live. They had a great time down memory lane. Sometimes we take for granted being able to travel to wherever we want. What a great day!
And, as always, how can we miss a chance for a MacDonalds lunch? 😊
Amalina has provided a high quality of support for our participants and is now moving to a new role – Support Coordinator. This role will include connecting DW participants with allied health professionals, service providers and with any services to enhance and assist our participants to achieve their NDIS goals.
Amalina was a school teacher and came from Malaysia to Australia for further study. During this time, she fell in love with Australia and decided to call it home. She is mother to 2 beautiful girls and wife to an understanding, supportive and charming husband.
Her favourite place to be is outdoors appreciating nature – bush walking, hiking, cycling with her family and picnics in the park. Even in the rain, Amalina enjoys being outside dancing in the wet backyard with her daughters!
As a school teacher, Amalina always had a soft spot for people with disabilities (not that teachers ever have favourites! 😊 ) and dreamt of living in an inclusive society. 2020 has seen her find a role fulfilling this dream and helping others realise their dreams and making them happy.
We truly enjoy Amalina’s heart for others and her adventurous spirit and it’s wonderful to have her in this coordinator role on the DW team!
We are privileged to have Jason’s creativity and passion for thinking out of the box when it comes to supporting DW participants. He has always encouraged the team with inventive ideas for participants, so we are formalising and recognising this contribution by appointing Jason in the role of Activity Coordinator.
He has always held a passion to see people grow and thrive. There is no one better suited to this role with his innovative ideas for activities, training, and coaching, along with many community connections and extensive experience.
In his spare time, Jason doesn’t seem to stop moving! An enthusiastic muso, he plays guitar and writes songs. His own personal goal is to continually work on keeping an open-mind so his heart is always soft. His fitness regime is the very physically intense Muay Thai fighting. Jason also keeps his heart soft and his mind grounded by volunteering for Rosie’s friends on the street.
Watch this space - Jason has already been planning some incredible training......more details soon!!