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CONGRATULATIONS KEVIN!

Congratulations to Kevin, one of New Haven Farm Home’s Support Workers, who received our Spring 2019 Staff Recognition award, acknowledging his constant commitment in encouraging the people we support to achieve their goals.

Kevin has been part of the New Haven Farm Home team for almost 10 years. During this time he has supported our clients as they transitioned from our old style services and accommodation into the person centred support they receive today, assisting each individual to increase their confidence and independence.

Kevin plays an active role on our Work Health and Safety Committee and also assists our team and organisation through a range of general maintenance tasks.

GET TO KNOW DENNIS

Dennis is a friendly man who loves to have a chat. He is knowledgeable about a range of topics and enjoys living in his home at one of New Haven Farm Home’s Richmond sites.

Dennis is very proud of his Aboriginal heritage and enjoys being involved in regular activities and social groups for Aboriginal men which allows him to keep a close and active connection to his heritage.

Each week Dennis attends a pottery class at Blacktown Arts and Craft Group. He has been doing pottery for the past year and it is great to see his skills and talents through his artworks.

Dennis is very clever at repairing and restoring old radios and electronic devices, returning them to working order. He has been supported to set up a workbench area at his home which gives him the space to store his tools and work on a range of woodwork or restoration projects.

His engagement in the local Men’s Shed group is a great way for Dennis to grow in his skills and abilities in woodwork, learn the correct way to use a range of tools and socialise with other men in the community.

Dennis is a keen fisherman. He loves an afternoon by the water fishing and enjoys finding new spots to try. He also likes visiting national parks and lookouts.

Gardening is another interest of Dennis’. He volunteers at the local community garden and even has his own worm farm!

A VISIT FROM SUSAN TEMPLEMAN MP

Thank you to Susan Templeman and Kim from Susan’s office who visited New Haven Farm Home and the people we support.

Susan and Kim spent several hours at New Haven Farm Home, meeting Ron, Colin, Stephen and John, learning about their interests and the ways they are involved in our community.

Susan also spent time with some of the New Haven Farm Home staff, learning more about out organisation, our dedication to person centred support and discussing ways to better support people living with a disability.

CONGRATULATIONS MILLIE-LEE!

Congratulations to Millie-Lee Fontaine, who was awarded the Winter 2019 Staff Recognition Award!

Millie-Lee has been a Disability Support Worker at New Haven Farm Home for 2 years and is committed to actively contributing to the growth and development of our services for both the people we support and other staff.

Ensuring people living with a disability have freedom; choice; respect; inclusion and feel uplifted to be themselves is important to Millie-Lee. She is passionate about helping clients explore new and different activities and experiences and supporting them to continuously learn.

Thank you for your hard work and commitment Millie-Lee!

JUNE 2019 CLIENT UPDATES

New Haven Farm Home clients have been working towards their individual goals over the past few months and have achieved some great things.

Here are just a few!

ROY MOVES HOUSE

Over the years it has been wonderful to see Roy grow in his independence and confidence.

Roy loves going out to the local pub with friends for Trivia nights; going to the races; participating in activities with a local church group; going to the raffles at the club; playing bingo and keeping up to date with local news.

To support Roy in his interests and achieving his goals in regularly getting out and about in the community and participating in regular community based activities with independence, New Haven Farm Home have worked with Roy to enable him to move to one of our Richmond based sites.

Roy is now living with some of his friends and is thriving in his new home. He is now able to walk to the local record store independently and it is great to see him continue to grow in his confidence as a valued community member.

FIRST PLACE FOR PAT!

Congratulations to Patrick Brennan who won first prize at the Hawkesbury Show for his decorated cake!

Pat was supported to plan and design his cake and chose to learn how to create a dog shaped cake topper.

Inspired by his love of dogs and his weekly volunteer position at GuideDogs NSW, Pat showed patience, dedication and lots of creativity as he practiced his cake decorating skills and ultimately created the final cake for the show.

We think he did a great job and are very excited for Pat and the recognition of his abilities.

Thank you to Madelaine, one of New Haven Farm Home’s support workers, who supported Pat in this project. Madelaine constantly guided and encouraged Pat to achieve his show entry goals.

Well done Pat!

MEET SHANE

Shane has recently moved to New Haven Farm Home’s Bosworth Street site and we are very happy to help you get to know him!

Shane is a friendly and outgoing young man. He enjoys chatting to people and making new friends.

He is an absolute coffee lover! Not only does he enjoy a cup at a café, but he also loves to make coffee for others!

Shane aspires to be a barista. Working towards this goal, Shane is about to complete a course at the Australian Barista School in Sydney. He is very excited about this opportunity to develop his skills and take another step closer to his employment goals.

Once a week, Shane works at the café at the local Western Sydney University campus. He loves meeting people and working in their coffee shop.
Shane enjoys listening to Elvis; going to the Friday night raffles at the local golf club; ten pin bowling and spending time with his family.

One of Shane’s goals is to develop his cooking skills, and is being supported to learn how to prepare and cook new meals which he shares with his house mates.

On the weekends, Shane likes to take a road-trip to different towns to have a look around, learn new places, and of course stop for a coffee! In the last few weeks Shane has enjoyed visiting both Wollongong and Mount Panorama!

MEET JESS

Jess moved into New Haven Farm Home’s newest site on Bosworth Street Richmond in August last year.

She is a kind and caring woman who tries to be very helpful to staff and her house mates. Jess shows a genuine concern for others and likes to make sure everyone is safe, well and looked after.

Jess loves to go shopping, especially for tops and skirts in her favourite colours – pink and purple! Jess is being supported to develop skills in budgeting and money management. She is learning about saving and the value of money when shopping and is very proud of going to make regular payments on her lay-by.

Art, craft and flowers are just some of Jess’ interests. She really enjoys making cards for others and even makes her own wrapping paper! Jess loves celebrating and always puts lots of effort into using her art and craft to decorate for birthdays and make others feel special.

Jess is currently decorating flower vases, combining her love of art and craft with her interests in flowers and flower decorating.

Zumba every Friday at Active8 Gym is one of Jess’ favourite activities. She loves to dance and sing especially to songs by Mariah Carey.

Jess enjoys cooking and is being supported to learn new skills when preparing meals to share with her housemates and when baking treats to share with her family when they come to visit.

CONGRATULATIONS LEANNE!

Congratulations to Leanne Davey, one of New Haven Farm  Home’s Disability Support Workers who was awarded the Autumn 2019 Staff Recognition Award!

Leanne has been part of the New Haven Farm Home team for nearly 5 years and is constantly demonstrating her commitment to supporting people living with a disability to grow their skills and abilities, be active in the local community and achieve their goals.

Leanne was nominated by her peers for the dedication she shows to supporting both clients and other staff.

Congratulations Leanne, and thank you for your hard work.