Tuesday, 30 April 2013

An inspiring story

Carrie Bergeron is an inspiring 36 year old woman with Down Syndrome who is a motivational speaker and advocate for people living with disabilities. She has been sharing her experiences as a young adult living with Down Syndrome for over a decade and has become enthralled with giving speeches to help make a difference in this world by reducing the stigma attached to disabilities.
She has written some lovely short stories and poems, which share her hopes, dreams, and desires.

Carrie believes that that all people living with Down Syndrome should be given the opportunity to reach happiness and success. She also performs interpretive dance with sign language.
To watch Carrie’s story go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAFgVfx0uH0

Monday, 29 April 2013

Genesis II

Thanks to a generous donation from Diane Burger and her family, made in memory of David Burger AM,  a bronze sculpture has now been permanently installed in our foyer.

Carol Lehrer Crawford, the artist explained the significance of the work:
“My parents (Leon and Genia Lehrer) were Holocaust survivors who gave me an appreciation of how precious life is as well as the importance of family and community.

The 3 pieces of the sculpture must be interlocked otherwise they will fall to the ground. This is a metaphor for life as well as the support that JewishCare provides to the community”. 

Diane Burger said, “Carol’s work, ‘Genesis II’, struck a chord within me. The smooth tactile surface, what it represented to her and the interlocking pieces that alone were nothing, but together form a strong, solid whole. JewishCare is an intrinsic and important part of our community, a part that provides very essential help and support to people in need. Carol’s sculpture seemed to be a good fit with the ethos of JewishCare..”

Friday, 26 April 2013

Chicken Soup for Adolescents’ Mental Health

Family dinners have always been an essential part of being Jewish. It comes with the territory. Researchers used results from a previous study on health from Canadian adolescents, and came to the conclusion – eating as a family encourages positive mental health.

Associate Professor Elgar stated “More frequent family dinners related to fewer emotional and behavioural problems, greater emotional well-being, more trusting and helpful behaviours towards others and higher life satisfaction.”

Source: http://thegazette.com/2010/03/29/jewish-students-find-community-in-unlikely-location/

Elgar continued by stating that "From having no dinners together to eating together 7 nights a week, each additional dinner related to significantly better mental health."

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Challenging Assumptions and Changing Lives

This amazing YouTube clip shows how Carly Fleischmann, who has never spoken, had been diagnosed with severe autism and intellectual disability (called 'mental retardation' in America, as referred to in the clip). 

In 2009, Carly defied all expectations. She astonished her doctors and therapists by sitting at a computer one afternoon and typing about how she felt and what her world is like.

Her parents thought they would never communicate with their daughter. Yet suddenly, their relationship opened up as Carly was able to express herself and explain her seemingly inappropriate behaviours. 

Carly has written a book about her journey called Carly's Voice and she also communicates with a wide range of people on Facebook and on Twitter.
Carly's Voice is changing the world of Autism.

Watch this short clip and allow your assumptions about intellectual disability and autism to be challenged. 


Monday, 22 April 2013

Invitation to our volunteers

JewishCare has over 500 volunteers who do a remarkable job in supporting the professional staff of the organisation .
Our volunteers work in a variety of roles that help clients and provide administrative support to the organisation that helps over 4000 people each year.
In acknowledgement of this support and in recognition of Volunteer Week we would like to extend an invitation to a volunteer breakfast on 13 May.

Volunteers are always welcome so please contact Lana on l.kofman@jewishcare.com.au to find out how you can help

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Have you heard of JewishCare's Links Program?

JewishCare commenced its Links Program in July 2006 on the North Shore and in the  Eastern Suburbs to connect local Jewish volunteers with older members of the community.

The volunteers provide social support to clients who are living at home and may be socially isolated. 

The support is usually by way of regular one  on one activities which may include: 
  • Home visiting
  • Help with correspondence
  • Reading
  • Going for a walk
  • Going out for coffee
  • Playing games e.g.chess or scrabble
The Aged Case Work and Assessment Team often refers older people who are isolated, lonely and in need of a friendly chat to brighten up their day.
If you or some one you know may be of benefit from the Links Program please call First Call 1300133660
The program coordinator will contact you to arrange a home visit and discuss the program with you. http://www.jewishcare.com.au/cms/programs/aged
Links Brochure 2012 (2.54 MB)

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Links Program please call First Call 1300133660

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Programs developed by Ageing, Disability and Home Care

The Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) Department of Human Services in NSW developed two new programs in 2010 to improve the way in which programs are delivered to adults living with a disability.

The Life Choices and Active Ageing programs were developed to provide age appropriate, flexible programs to families, carers, and adults living with a disability. 

Life Choices is for adults between the ages of 25 and 54 years old living with a disability. Life Choices provides active, well-designed daytime activities to facilitate a healthy lifestyle. Its purpose is to increase independence, develop new skills, learn new things, and to make new friends in a social environment.

Active Ageing is for adults - between the ages  55 and 64 years old  -  living with a disability (as well as people with an early onset of ageing). 
Similar to Life Choices, Active Ageing allows adults like with a disability to actively engage with others in a social setting, to become connected to the community, develop new skills, and participate in activities which suits their interests and needs.

For more information on Life Choices and Active Ageing : http://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/individuals/support/learning_new_skills/for_adults

For information on organisations that offer Life Choices and Active Ageing programs: 

Monday, 15 April 2013

Have you seen the Print35 Design Studio shop ?

The new Print35 Design Studio's new shop on Newland Street Woollahra has been open for 6 months and there has been a great response to the expanded range of gifts and printed material.

Pesach was very busy and the shop virtually sold out of the gifts which have been sourced from around the world.  We are busy now restocking new gifts especially jewellery and Judaica in time for Rosh Hashana as well as the regular gifts that are ideal to be given for Shabbat.   

If you have not yet had the opportunity to see Print35 or JewishCare for that matter please drop in or give us a call.

The shop is located corner Saber and Newland Streets Woollahra

To see how Print35 Design Studio works - have a look at the video:

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

April is Autism Awareness month

Autism Awareness has some wonderful information and links to current events and campaigns. http://www.autismawareness.com.au/events/current_events_and_campaigns
'Visitor registrations for ‘Autism: Building Positive Outcomes’ are now open!
A great day of info and support for parent and professionals, which we are delighted to say is FREE!
The event combines Autism Masterclasses and an Info Hub, where visitors can meet with quality ASD product and service providers.

Info Hub
You can meet with a wide range of autism product and service providers including early intervention options, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, educational resources and adolescent services.

Autism Masterclasses
The program is designed to give parents and professionals essential and practical information on topics such as: understanding ASD, funding entitlements, early intervention options, behaviour management strategies and addressing autism in adolescents.
The day will feature leading international behaviour analysts, Dr Bobby Newman, Dr Eric Larson & John McEachin, as well as a host of Australian autism experts.

Event Details:
Saturday 20th April 2013
9:00am - 6:00pm
The Concourse

409 Victoria Ave Chatswood, Sydney

Places are limited and pre-registration is essential. Please click on the link above to be redirected to the Autism Awareness webpage.'