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                                                                                       ROCKY BAY
                                                                                       NEWSLETTER
                                                                                       WINTER
                                                                                       2008

                                                                                       FEATURES
                                                                                       A PEARLER OF A
                                                                                       DAY IN BROOME
                                                                                       WEEKEND
                                                                                       BREAKAWAYS
 On Saturday                                                                           DISCO FEVER
 morning                                                                               LADIES @ LEISURE
 29th March,                                                                           CLIENT
 99 passengers                                                                         INFORMATION
 departed Perth                                                                        INAUGURAL
                                                                                       EMPLOYERS’
 for a Pearler                                                                         BREAKFAST
 of a Day in                                                                           CALLING ALL
 Broome.                                                                               EMPLOYERS
                                          Michael Tait – CEO accepting the cheque      LIVING IN THE 70S
                                                            on behalf of Rocky Bay     WE’RE TURNING 70
                                                                                       LITTLE AUSSIE

 A PEARLER OF A DAY                                                                    MODEL OF THE
                                                                                       FUTURE
                                                                                       CAN YOU HELP?
   The flight arrived in Broome at                These funds are destined to
 11am and passengers were taken                provide holidays for the children and   CONTACT US
 by coach to visit the Broome                  young adults at Rocky Bay who are       ROCKY BAY
 Markets and take a tour of an old             not able to access them without this    60 McCabe St
 Pearl Lugger.                                 financial assistance.                    Mosman Park
   After this they were transported              Rocky Bay wishes to extend it’s       WA 6012
 to the Cable Beach Club Resort,               sincere thanks to the Leadership        PO Box 53
 located on the fabulous Cable                 Group at BIS Industrial Logistics       Mosman Park
 Beach, for lunch.                             who conducted this extremely            WA 6912
   This was followed by an auction,            successful event.                       T: (08) 9383 5111
 conducted by Kim Hughes, and                                                          F: (08) 9383 1230
 entertainment by Peter Dee.                                                           www.rockybay.org.au
   The auction was extremely                                                           ABN 66 028 387 386

 successful and raised $17,000
 which contributed to the total for the
 day of more than $70,000.




                                                                                                Page 1
                           A MESSAGE
                         FROM OUR CEO
           Rocky Bay was established in 1938                  There are many challenges facing
         as the Western Australian Society                 Rocky Bay and the sector currently, with
         for Crippled Children, (the name was              much competition for both fundraising
         changed to Rocky Bay in 1991), and                and government dollars, balanced with
         so this year marks 70 years of service            the need for financial sustainability in an
         to the community. We have evolved from            expensive marketplace, particularly for
         a small charity supporting children with          staff. Going forward we are discussing the
         Polio to now providing a range of services        ability to grow revenue and services given
         and support to 1000 children (and                 current workforce challenges and the
         their families) and over 500 adults living        changed nature of the workforce, where
         with a range of disabilities in the Perth         staff are requiring more support from line
         metropolitan area.                                managers than in the past.
           Like many of our peers, we have                    As part of this review we are considering
         grown in recent times. Rocky Bay will             Rocky Bay’s place in meeting the
         spend almost $20 million on supporting            various areas of unmet need – respite,
         our clients this year and employs                 housing, nursing home and high needs
         over 500 staff and volunteers in many             care, country services, services in the
         locations, with the main site still located       northern corridor and the ability to grow
         in Mosman Park.                                   the Technical Services department to
           We have a range of services; providing          provide an alternative equipment option,
         respite both in and out of homes; nursing         particularly for clients living south of the
         home accommodation; holiday and                   river. There is also a huge demand for out-
         leisure programs; employment search and           of-home (overnight) respite with our homes
         support and alternatives to employment;           booked up to 8 months in advance,
         as well as a full range of clinical services to   limiting ability to accept new clientele and
         over 800 children with disabilities, who live     respond to urgent requests. People with
         or attend school in the southern corridor.        high clinical or changing needs also have
           Rocky Bay is primarily funded by the            limited options in the sector, especially for
         Disability Services Commission (71%)              those with degenerative conditions and
         and the Department of Education,                  those wanting to age with dignity in their
         Employment and Workplace Relations                own homes.
         (10%) and relies on fees, donations                  We continue working with governments
         and support from the community for                in resolving these issues and with the
         the remainder. Lotterywest continues              upcoming election, opportunities will
         to be a great supporter of the sector             hopefully arise to state the sector’s case
         and has funded more than 50 of our                and campaign for additional monies in a
         families to obtain items such as vehicle          market place of supposed boom.
         modifications, air conditioning, home              We aim to be the leading disability service
         modifications, and personal alarms in the          provider in Western Australia and with
         past year, as well as supporting Rocky            your ongoing support and assistance we
         Bay with capital upgrade projects of our          will continue to optimise the quality of life
         facilities – over a million dollars in 2007!      for people with disabilities.




Page 2
OUT AND ABOUT WITH
GETABOUT
  Getabout would like to send a huge
thank you to Marjory and her staff from
AZ Designz for their donation of 5 large
bean bags for the new Getabout Games
Room. Your donation saved Rocky bay
a substantial amount of money and is
greatly appreciated.
http://www.azdesignz.com

Recreation Through Respite
  We are excited to have several new
members entering the program in the
coming weeks. We are looking forward
to watching the current World Champion
Wheelchair Basketball Team, Perth
Wheelcats, play and defend their title in
July and we’re all thrilled about meeting
the players.

Disco Fever
 The Disco attended by several Rocky
Bay clients is still proving to be a huge hit
with 10 clients attending last month along
with several staff members. It’s hard to tell
who has the most fun! The parents also
appreciate the time to enjoy some well
earned R&R.                                     Some of the lively bunch at the Disco



Ladies at Leisure Community
Recreation Group - Says Thanks!
  One of our very successful community
recreation groups, Ladies At Leisure,
held a BBQ in May to raise funds to
assist members with the ever rising costs
associated with community access.
  Over $270 was raised on the day and it
was fantastic to see everyone who visited
the recreation centre enjoying lunch in the
grassed courtyard.                              Tia, Ruth and Hannah at the BBQ

Getabout Investigating Satellite Service in Joondalup
  After recent consultation with the Disability Services Commission, the Joondalup North
area has been identified as lacking in comprehensive local services for people with
disabilities. It was recognised as the most appropriate area to establish a service such as
Getabout with its broad range of benefits to meet the needs of the local community.




                                                                                              Page 3
         COMMUNITY
         LIVING
         Respite Services
         Weekend Breakaways
           The new Weekend Breakaway program
         has been successfully running for six
         months now. Some of the activities
         enjoyed so far have seen us visit the               I would like to take this opportunity to
         Chocolate Factory in the Swan Valley,             thank all the staff who have been involved
         Jandakot Airport and the annual Crab              in the program to date and whose input
         Fest in Mandurah.                                 and enthusiasm has been fantastic.
           We have been fortunate to receive a             I would also like to ask for suggestions
         small grant for the purchase of sporting          of activities and outings that would be of
         goods, craft equipment, board games               interest to our clients. My contact details
         and a Play Station with games which               are below.
         have been invaluable in providing                 Michelle Lyall
         entertainment for our clients during down         Weekend Breakaway Coordinator
         times or wet weather, a BIG THANK YOU             Ph: 9383 5184
         to all concerned.                                 Email: michellel@rockybay.org.au




         CLIENT INFORMATION
         Companion Card now free                             Arrangements will be made to
           Following the budget announcement by            reimburse all current cardholders who
         the Treasurer on the 8 May 2008, a decision       have a paid the $30 fee. For further
         was made to distribute The Companion              information regarding the re-imbursement
         Card free of charge to people with                go to www.wa.companioncard.org.au or
         disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria.   phone 1800 617 337.


         Allowances and Bonuses                               The Government has guaranteed that the
         for Carers                                        bonus payments of $1000 (Carer Payment)
           From 20 March, for the first time,               and $600 (Carer Allowance) will be paid this
         recipients of the Carer Payment will              year, but has flagged that it will establish ‘a
         also receive the Utilities Allowance.             more sustainable system for the future’.
         This has been increased by the Federal               The FaHCSIA website has more
         Government from $107 to $500 a year               information about payments to carers
         paid quarterly. Carers will also receive an       at http://www.facs.gov.au/internet/
         increase in the Telephone Allowance from          facsinternet.nsf/disabilities/carers-nav.
         $88 to $132 a year.                               htm#Payments.


Page 4
ROCKY BAY
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Rocky Bay Employment Services & The West
Australian’s Employers Breakfast 8th May 2008
  The Rocky Bay Employment Services             Tony Waters, Director
Employer Breakfast, held at the Burswood        of Rocky Bay
Resort, was graciously supported by The         Employment Services
West Australian Newspaper which has             gave an informative
committed to supporting the breakfast on        and jovial speech
an ongoing basis.                               outlining the benefits
  The event is held to recognise the value      of employment
of our current employers and to show            for people with
appreciation for their continued support over   disabilities and
the last 12 months; but for many of them        the effects on the
the support has been over several years.        labour market. Tony
  The event was held in The Swan Room,          ended with a slide
Burswood on a very fresh, but thankfully        show of our current
dry, morning.                                   employers and their
  At 7.30am guests were welcomed by             employees, many of
Haley Ballingall – Manager for Monitoring       whom have reached         The colourful entry to the
and Support, followed by a presentation         milestones in their       Swan Room and enjoying
from Mr Michael Tait, CEO of Rocky Bay.         partnerships.             breakfast at the get together.


Celebrating Employment 2008                     Phillips at Jasol 7 years, Tibby Durrani at
  Rocky Bay Employment Services has had         Whittington Herbs and Spices 5 years,
great success in placing 36 Job Seekers         Alan Jenkins at Termimesh 4 years and
into employment so far this year. We are        Andy Maynard at Termimesh 3 years.
lucky to have some very supportive and            Congratulations to all concerned.
dedicated employers.
  One of our biggest employers, Jasol
Australia, has employed a further 5 clients
bringing their total employed to 16. Other
supportive companies include, Snack in the
Box, By Gobo, APACE, and Sealanes.
  Some new employers to join the ranks
are, The Town of Mosman Park, The
Factory, Hills Health Care, Mon-E IT
Business Solutions, Planet Books, Lawley
Pharmaceuticals and Aussie Crates. Our
clients are now happily employed in various
positions within these and several other
companies.
  We also celebrated some long term
milestones earlier this year with several
of our clients working for many years
with the same company. Frank Knowles
at HR Products for 9 years; Michael
Barrett-Lennard at Rocky Bay Inc 8 years;       Dino, Cristy and Karen at Town of Mosman
Colin Scrivens at Foodbank 8 years; Mal         Park & Renae & Lisa at Snack in the Box


                                                                                                 Page 5
         CALLING ALL EMPLOYERS
         Can You Help?
           Rocky Bay is looking for employers           Rocky Bay Employment Services
         who are willing to assist in providing       provides assistance for people who have
         opportunities for work placement or work     disabilities. We provide insurance for the
         experience to school students who are        Monitoring and Support person and the
         about to leave school.                       school student during work experience.
           We need employers who can provide          We also take every effort to match the
         between 8 and 12 hours work or work          student with the job requirements. Yet
         experience each week. In return they will    another offer you can’t refuse!!
         receive an eager worker/student with their     If you would like to find out more,
         own support person to provide assistance     please contact Linda or Haley on
         whilst at the worksite!!! Now doesn’t that   9228 2511 at Rocky Bay Employment
         sound like an offer you can’t refuse?        Services. We are always happy to assist.




         FUNDRAISING
         Quiz Guru’s Living in the 70’s
           As another way of commemorating
         Rocky Bay’s 70th year, the second annual
         Quiz Night was held on Friday 6th June at
         the Mosman Park facility, incorporating a
         70’s theme.
           Just over 200 supporters attended
         the evening dressed as their favourite
         70’s stars. This included appearances
         from Angus Young, Stevie Nicks and the
         Village people. The Quiz Master, Craig
         McAllister kept things rolling with an
         array of general knowledge and music
         questions including the odd round
                                                      Some of the 70s rock stars who attended the Quiz NIght
         focused on 70’s music accompanying the
         theme.                                       70th Birthday Celebrations
           The evening was a great success,           Rocky Bay is turning 70!
         raising over $5000 for Rocky Bay               Clients, families and staff members
         including proceeds from lucky dips and       (past and present) are invited to help
         silent auctions.                             celebrate Rocky Bay’s 70th birthday at
           Thank you to all those who attended        a morning tea to be held in the grounds
         the night and got into character with 70s    of Rocky Bay on Tuesday September
         outfits. We look forward to seeing you all    9th 2008. More information will follow so
         again next year!                             please keep this date free.



Page 6
Little Aussie Grand Finals                               Junior Model
  The finals of the Autumn Heats of the                   of the Future
Little Aussie competition were conducted                   The Grand Finals
last week at Phoenix Shopping Centre                     of the Junior Model
and Belmont Forum. Just over 360                         of the Future were
Smilers, Bright Eyes, Crowning Glory and                 conducted on
Personality children were presented to                   Saturday 4th July
the judges for selection of winners.                     at Centro Galleria.
  During the finals, children and families                Seventy entrants
                                                         were presented to                        Our junior winners
were entertained by Bananas the Clown
who did magic tricks and made some                       a panel of judges for selection of age
funky animals from balloons. There was                   winners in both the male and female
a painting table for children where many                 categories.
budding artists were spotted.                              The winners received prizes including
  Congratulations to our winners and to                  Modelling tuition, a photographic
all our lovely entrants in the Little Aussie             portfolio, a Centro Galleria voucher,
competition.                                             trophy, flowers and a sash.
  The Spring competition dates are listed                  Congratulations to all our winners and
below for those of you who may like to                   especially to all entrants in the competition.
join the fun again.
                                                          Junior 5-8 encouragement award ‘Female’
                                                          Olivia Trahair
                                                          Junior 5-8 encouragement award ‘Male’
                                                          Ronan Valentino
                                                          Junior 5-8 ‘Winner’
                                                          Louise D’Souza
                                                          Intermediate 9-12 encouragement award ‘Female’
                                                          Allysha Gray
                                                          Intermediate 9-12 encouragement award ‘Male’
Our gorgeous Little Aussie winners
                                                          Adam Hunt
Spring Dates                                              Intermediate 9-12 ‘Winner’
Phoenix ........................................7.8.08    Francois Meiring
Centro Warnbro ............................8.8.08
Kingsway City .............................14.8.08       Raffle
Lakeside Joondalup ...................15.8.08             The second raffle of 2008 was drawn
Centro Maddington ....................21.8.08            on Saturday the 28th June at Centro
Midland Centre Point ..................22.8.08           Galleria. The winner was from Bunbury
Centro Warwick ..........................28.8.08         and she has been presented with her
Mirrabooka Square .....................29.8.08           cheque for $50,000. I’m sure she will
Ellenbrook Shops .........................4.9.08         have no trouble spending it.
Centro Mandurah ........................ 5.9.08
Belmont Forum...........................11.9.08
Phoenix ......................................12.9.08
Kardinya .....................................18.9.08
Centro Galleria ........................... 19.9.08
Kwinana Hub ............................. 25.9.08
Centro Warnbro ......................... 26.9.08
Belmont Forum.......................... 2.10.08
Ocean Keys ............................... 3.10.08
Ellenbrook Shops ......................9.10.08
Thornlie Square ....................... 16.10.08
Centro Galleria ......................... 17.10.08       Our happy raffle winner receiving her cheque



                                                                                                         Page 7
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
WITH ROCKY BAY!
Employment Opportunities                                                         Rocky Bay is committed to your
Genuinely Rewarding Work with hours to                                           on-going training and professional
suit your lifestyle                                                              development. Providing services within
Currently recruiting                                                             our community to optimise the quality
Disability Support Workers                                                       of life for people with disabilities
(Previous experience not essential)                                              For further information, please visit
Also seeking Expressions of Interests from                                       our website;
• Speech Therapists                                                              www.rockybay.org.au
• Physiotherapists                                                               Or contact Elaine Green on
• Therapy Aides/Assistants                                                       9383 5170.




ROCKY BAY
RAFFLE!
For your chance to win $50,000 cash
or a car of your choice to the value
of $65,000, simply fill in your details
below and post to Rocky Bay,
PO Box 53 Mosman Park 6912.



  Please find enclosed $................... for Raffle Tickets
  and $................... donation in the form of a cheque/money order or
                ■ Bankcard ■ Mastercard ■ Visacard
  Please debit my
  Card number ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
  Expiry date ■ ■ / ■ ■
  Name: .......................................................................................................................
  Address: .....................................................................................................................
  ..................................................................................................................................
  Signature: ..................................................................................................................
                                                                                                                                       CF 02272




                    Permit No LS 036822. Permit Holder B Cottrell. Drawn 27.9.08. Results published in The West Australian 04/10/08.

				
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