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inside Issue 01, July 2007, cara quarterly newsletter A new era for Cara An opportunity in sand and sea Camp for Kids join the Navy From the Editor Cover Story: Mr Box said the decision also reflected a growing need to engage Welcome to the first edition of Inside The first of February 2007 marked a community support and meet Cara. The past few weeks have been new era for Cara with the launch of the unmet demand for disability a whirlwind of activity for the new its new brand and corporate identity. accommodation and respite marketing and fundraising team as services across the State. Over 200 staff, families, clients and we put the finishing touches on this key stakeholders packed into a “This new direction will allow Cara to first issue and the new website. If you crowded James A Nelson Hall for focus its efforts on raising awareness haven’t had the opportunity to check the unveiling which heralded an about accommodation issues and the website out, take a look at independent and exciting future profile the importance of these vital www.cara.asn.au. for the organisation. services.” Inside Cara is part of Cara’s Those in attendance were not Cara currently has over 600 children commitment to keeping you up to disappointed, the new logo and and adults utilising its range of date with the latest news, fundraising associated photography revealing accommodation and respite activities, events and the vital a contemporary image focused on services. services you help us to provide. promoting Cara as ‘a place Along with the new brand, a I truly hope you enjoy reading this first for opportunity’. marketing and fundraising team edition and I look forward to sharing Chief Executive Officer, Greg Box said has been established. Maureen more news of Cara’s success and it was important for the new branding McKinnie has joined the organisation achievements in future issues. to strongly reflect the values which as Fundraising Manager, Sarah Sarah Axford underpin the organisation such as Axford as Communications Manager independence, opportunity, inclusion and Jo Walters has been appointed CoMMunICAtIonS MAnAger and choice. Coordinator, Community Partnerships. “I feel confident that this has been The team will focus on a variety achieved and look forward to sharing of fundraising strategies including Disclaimer our story,” said Mr Box. a regular giving program, grants, bequests, corporate partnerships and The opinions expressed in Inside For the past 55 years, Cara has been volunteers. Cara are those of the individual intrinsically linked with the Spastic authors and do not necessarily reflect Centres of South Australia (SCOSA), The aim will be to raise funds to the views of Cara or the editor, unless the former SCOSA Foundation and ensure Cara continues to provide stated. While every care has been then network being the public face a range of opportunities for people taken in the preparation of Inside of the organisation and responsible with a disability and their families Cara, the information contained for its fundraising activities for much throughout their lives. within is of a general nature only of this time. “While we do not expect it to be an and does not constitute advice. No Similarly, Community Access easy feat, we are now well placed to liability is accepted for any errors it Services (CAS) operated under the establish ourselves as a leading non may contain or any damages or loss same arrangement. CAS provides profit organisation and look forward that may arise from the use of the day option services to adults with to the next chapter in our history,” information provided. disabilities and has now has adopted Mr Box said. Articles from Inside Cara may be the SCOSA brand as its own. For more information on how reproduced in other forums, provided So while to the community the Cara you can get involved with Cara the information is reproduced in full, brand may appear to be new, the please contact our Marketing and with written acknowledgement of organisation has actually been Fundraising department its source. around for a long time. on 8347 4588. The new brand came as a result of a decision made by the Board to establish Cara’s own marketing and fundraising presence, thus ending its association with SCOSA. 1 Message from Three new accommodation services will only meet the needs of twelve Cara has a significant number of carers who are ageing and no the CEO people and while we are unable to accurately quantify the number of longer able to look after their son or daughter at home, therefore we will Welcome to the first edition of Inside people and families seeking respite monitor these developments closely Cara, and thank you for your interest for weekends and holidays, we know and look for opportunities to support in Cara and for your support of the need is great. our client group. people with disability. Which is why it was disappointing So, all in all, we are in for an exciting The first six months of 2007 has seen that no new funding was announced and challenging year as we continue an extraordinary amount of work for accommodation and respite to grow and build upon our strong devoted to the launch of our fresh services in the recent State budget. foundation of over 50 years of identity, heralding an independent service to the South Australian and exciting future for Cara as While we appreciate the State community. We look forward to ‘a place for opportunity’. Government’s on-going support you joining us in helping to shape for existing services there is still a that future. Time has also been spent developing shortfall in funding, which can our strategic plan for the next make the difference between just I hope you enjoy this edition of Inside three years, during which time we providing a service and adding Cara. Thank you for your support. aim to address, with your support, those extra touches, extra activities the urgent and growing demand and extra support that really makes greg Box for accommodation and respite a place home. services across the State. CHIeF eXeCutIVe oFFICer Our goal is to increase the number For this Cara relies on the support of respite nights available to families of the community and we look by 15 per cent and to establish forward to working with you to ensure three new accommodation services, the sustainability of our services while continuing to advocate for the into the future and providing more awareness and inclusion of people opportunities for people with a with disabilities in community life. disability and their families. From the many people using our Despite no real increase in respite, Cara is aware of 43 people State Government funding, the seeking accommodation. Eight are Commonwealth has announced a listed as urgent, while an additional separate fund for the establishment three are without a home and reside and expansion of services for older permanently in respite care. carers and has also set funding aside to enable young people to move out of inappropriate Nursing Home environments. 2 Cisco hardware The project will be completed in three stages with the first two stages resulting Cara is delighted to be part of the Proof Points project and will start to on its way in faster, more reliable network services and internet across Cara. take receipt of the new hardware in approximately two months. The ink is drying on an agreement between computer company Cisco, Most importantly, stage three will involve The project is being supported by the Cara and scosa which will see Cara’s the implementation of technologies Australian Cisco Foundation Board entire IT network infrastructure replaced such as VoIP (Voice over IP). This with special thanks to Cisco IT Vendor with state of the art Cisco products. technology has the potential to provide Manager Asia Pacific, Mike Lovick. significant cost savings through free The Cisco Civic Council, a group of telephone calls between Cara services. Cisco employees that assist non profits and indigenous communities across The technology can also be used for Australia through providing innovative video conferencing, for the benefit of networking technology have chosen kids and adults and their families who Cara to be part of the Cisco SA use our services, especially in regional Demonstration Project, Proof Points. areas. VoIP will also assist with staff training and internal communication. Magill respite “It is really important for our staff to see the difference they can make backyard blitz in the community and we are really pleased to be creating this Thanks to the Hills Industries staff, opportunity for Cara,” Mr Twartz said. Cara’s children’s respite service at Magill is about to receive a The Magill respite service provides backyard blitz. care and support to 32 children with a disability and their families. The staff charitable fund which is matched dollar for dollar by Hills Cara’s respite services enable Industries has donated $11,500 families and carers to take a break, for a much needed upgrade to knowing their children are safe, well the services’ play equipment and supported and most of all having backyard environment. a great time in an exciting and challenging atmosphere. The upgrade will include the installation of new play gym and We are always looking to provide an activity wall that will feature a that extra touch, extra piece of range of interactive toys, musical equipment or activity to make a instruments and games. child’s stay in respite as entertaining and stimulating as possible said Cara The back fence will also get a face Chief Executive, Greg Box. lift with a bright mural and a sensory garden will be established with herbs, “Thanks to Hills Industries and their textured plants and equipment staff, the kids that access this service so children can explore different will be able to spend time in a fun textures, smells, tastes and sounds. and creative environment,” Mr Box said. Graham Twartz, Finance Director, Hills Industries was on hand to present the The project is expected to be cheque to Cara President, Nita Curtis completed in a couple of months, on a recent visit to the service. however it will rely on the help of volunteers. Mr Twartz said that Hills Industries staff were excited about their Anyone interested in being involvement in the project and involved with the project as were looking forward to seeing the a volunteer should contact play area finished. Jo Walters on 8347 4588. South Coast A big thank you to South Coast Lending and all the sponsors lends its support including AluFarm Products, Boutique Vineyards, GB Construction, Over 40 guests attended South Thrifty Link, Goowla Hotel, Goowla Cara Presiden t nit Coast Lending’s annual Camps for accepts the ch a Curtis Meat, Greg Johnston Installation Hills Industries eque from Kids fundraiser held at the Goolwa Services, Hurst Plasterboard, Goowla Director, grah Finance Aquatic Centre on Sunday 3 June. am twartz. Conveyancing, Simplicity Funerals, The dinner organised by South Telfers English Bakery & Tearooms, Coast Lending owner, Jacqui Goowla Aquatic Club, Goolwa Bus & Aylesbury raised $3000 for the Coach, Driftwood Pty Ltd, Chris Follas, Clayton Bay Camp. and Porter Street Wildlife Gallery. Guests enjoyed a three course dinner including sumptuous seafood from AluFarm Products and delicious wines donated by Mt Jagged Winery and Ballast Stone Estate Wines. 3 Grant keeps Cara gets active Active Support will ensure clients have a valued lifestyle, are part of Camps for Kids Every day we all make decisions about our life; we choose what we the community and continue to on the move want for dinner, hop in the car and develop new skills and social networks. go shopping, pay bills, catch up with Variety Club SA is set to keep Cara’s All are contributing factors to friends, and go to the movies or even Camps for Kids program on the a persons overall health and head to the gym. move after agreeing to fund the a solid foundation for good program’s transport costs over the However, for a person with severe communications skills, self-esteem next twelve months. and multiple disabilities making and self-confidence. Camps for Kids organises 14 camps similar decisions and participating in everyday activities can not always It will also ensure clients have choice a year at various locations across be done independently. and control over their life and are the State, providing over 74 kids treated as individuals. with a disability the opportunity to Cara’s service philosophy has always participate in recreational activities, strongly reflected core values such Cara’s Skills Enhancement Service will socialise with their peers and as independence, opportunity, work with Dr. Keith McVilly from RMIT challenge their abilities in a fun, safe inclusion and choice. We constantly University, Melbourne and Associate and supportive camp environment. seek new ideas, research and Professor Rodger Stancliffe from the The camps which are run during innovation that can be applied to Centre for Developmental Disability school holidays and annual public our services for best practice. Studies, University Sydney, who holiday weekends also provide together have developed a train the That is why Cara has committed to trainer model for Active Support. families and carers with a well implementing a new program across earned break from the everyday its 26 supported accommodation Once qualified as accredited Active responsibilities that are part of caring services, called Active Support. Support trainers, the team will then for a child with a disability. train other staff and implement Developed and evaluated in the the program using a staggered Camps for Kids Coordinator Jessie United Kingdom, Active Support approach across the organisation. Flavel said the grant provided by is designed to improve and Variety Club SA would go towards the Cara will also work closely with increase the level of participation hire of wheelchair accessible buses Associate Professor Stancliffe, Dr and engagement of people with for each of the camps. McVilly and Dr Brian Matthews of disabilities living in the community. “We are always looking for new and Flinders University’s Department for exciting community based activities People with a disability can often Disability Studies on the framework for our Campers to participate in,” feel like spectators in their own and timeframes for the collection Ms Flavel said. lives, which can lead to feelings of data to support the evidence- of helplessness, dependency and based research component of “Having readily available transport disempowerment. the program. for the kids opens up a range of opportunities that would otherwise Active Support provides a structured Active Support is one part of Cara’s be inaccessible while on camp,” and holistic approach to address commitment to providing quality Ms Flavel said. these issues and aims to provide services with a focus on individual participation opportunities to all needs and community participation. The camps involve a number of members of a household. activities including day trips to local It is hoped that the program will tourist attractions, theme and wildlife The process involves staff working become a leading benchmark parks, canoeing, sailing, fishing, with clients to develop daily activity, in South Australia for support to shopping and sports. support and opportunity plans so that individuals with severe and they are not doing things for people multiple disabilities. This is the fourth year in a row Variety but working with them to take part in For more information on the Club SA has supported Camps for all the activities of every day life. program please contact Cara’s Kids and we thank them for their on-going commitment. Skills enhancement Service on 8347 4588. Campe rs and Siahl i the move on Chelsea Clare. . cool off in 4 Kaitlyn of the takes charg S e Investig eahorse ator. Navy gets on Some of the passengers even got a chance to take the wheel and learn board with what it is like to steer a boat, then it Camps for Kids was time, reluctantly to head back to shore. A perfect winter morning greeted Hungry from all the salt air, kids on Cara’s recent GTS Dolphin passengers and crew were treated to school holiday camp as they arrived a delicious barbeque lunch on return at the Royal South Australian Yacht to the squadron thanks to Barossa Squadron at Outer Harbor for an Fine Foods. adventure on the high seas. Commander Jackman said that the Thirteen kids and crew climbed Navy was thrilled to be involved with aboard the Navy workboat Seahorse Camps for Kids and provide a unique Investigator and the Natani 2, opportunity for those attending kindly on loan from the Royal South the camp. Australian Yacht Squadron for a cruise around the Port River that “We recognise the efforts of definitely did not disappoint. organisations such as Cara in improving the lives of kids living with Commanding Officer of Navy disabilities and see activities such Headquarters South Australia, as this one as an integral part of Commander Andrew Jackman and Navy’s engagement with the South crew, Petty Officer Maurice Watson Australian community,” Commander and Seaman Tristan McPherson Jackman said. tacked a course along the river highlighting the various sights of the The trip organised by Flotilla for historic Port. Kids, Patron Annie Rogers with the support of the Royal Australian Navy Much to the delight of all passengers and Royal South Australian Yacht the boats were greeted by a pod Squadron was most certainly the of friendly Port River dolphin’s intent highlight of the four day camp. on having some fun. A group of sea lions basking on the break water Special thanks goes to Flotilla rocks also created much excitement for Kids, the Royal Australian Navy, as the boats sailed by. the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron and Barossa Fine Fire rescue boat, the MV Gallantry Foods for providing such a made an appearance and provided fabulous opportunity. a spectacular sight with its water cannons in action. 5 An opportunity Vanessa Dale representing St George Foundation said it was fantastic to to test the waters see the gift they provided creating so much joy. When Cara recently re-branded a number of photographs were taken “St George Foundation is really to illustrate the services we provide. pleased to offer this opportunity to For one of these photographs (see Cara to assist people with a left image) there is more to the disability to actively participate in image than meets the eye. the community,” Vanessa said. The wheelchair in this picture isn’t just The beach wheelchair is available for any wheelchair, in fact it is a state of short term loan from Cara’s Resource the art beach wheelchair designed Library. Special thanks to the St to allow independent travel on George Foundation, their on-going sand and in shallow water. This is a commitment to Cara is task that is not easily achieved in a greatly appreciated. standard wheelchair. Presented as a gift to Cara by the St George Foundation the wheelchair is the only one of sa its kind in the State. It offers Pandy take each b dip in the people with a disability the wheelcha ir. opportunity to get out onto the sand and into the shallows. For Pandy Tsimboukis, who is featured in the photograph, it was his first real opportunity to test the waters, literally. Pandy had not experienced a dip in the surf before and was elated with the results. School holiday For Jordan’s Mum Judy Chancellor, the availability of fun with Cara another option for care during school holidays was wonderful. Cara’s vacation program has proved a success with a number of southern “Sometimes activities provided by teens taking advantage of the regular vacation care programs opportunity to make the most of are not suitable for Jordan, and the school holidays. this program not only provides an The program which was run for the alternative but also gives him an first time in July, thanks to a St George opportunity to participate in different Foundation grant, is designed for activities while socialising with his young people with a disability unable peers in a much more supportive to access existing school aged environment,” Mrs Chancellor said. vacation care. Following its success in the July it is It operated for six days of the two hoped that the program can be week holiday period and provided a run every school holiday in three range of recreational activities from locations, across the city. urban trekking, music, arts and craft, For more information about games and sports. the program or to sign up as The highlight though according a volunteer please contact to participant Jordan Chancellor Wendy Stockton on 8347 4588 or was definitely the Spiderman and firstname.lastname@example.org. Dora the Explorer activities run by Special thanks to City of Centro Colonnades. Onkaparinga Library, Bunnings Cara Volu nt natalie at eer Karyn helps Colonnades, Noarlunga TAFE, the Bunnin “It was great to do the fun activities gs Worksho p. and hang out with other kids my Centro Colonnades, Morphett Vale age,” Jordan said. Baptist Church and the Department of Recreation and Sport for their Over the six days other activities contribution to the July school included a special workshop holiday program. organised by Bunnings, a Fantasy themed craft day and treasure hunt at the local library, bowling, karaoke and the movies. 6 Cara-creating Cerebral Palsy a lifetime of Awareness opportunity Week 2007 For more than 55 years, Cara The dates for Cerebral Palsy Awareness has been supporting thousands of Week 2007 have been set. This year, South Australians with severe and the national awareness week runs multiple disabilities to live full and Sunday 5 – Sunday 12 August. rewarding lives. Cara will be joining the festivities We offer a range of accommodation with a breakfast for invited guests and respite services for people with to be held at AAMI Stadium on disabilities so they have the opportunity Wednesday 8 August 2007. to be part of the community and The event is kindly sponsored by experience all that it has to offer. Les Brazier Special Vehicles. Our innovative and trained staff Singer songwriter Tim James will also be provide various levels of individual visiting Adelaide during the awareness and family support. We also provide week. He will be performing at the the opportunity for people to participate in skills training to enhance Designer gets Governor Hindmarsh Hotel on Saturday 11 August 2007. their confidence and independence. into the ‘nack’ Tim has Cerebral Palsy and is on From having time out enjoying our Camps for Kids as a child, to of giving a personal mission to raise money through his album sales for the experiencing the independence and The team responsible for Cara’s new members of Cerebral Palsy Australia in confidence gained from living in a look, Nicknack who specialises in all states, including Cara. group home or unit later, as an adult, Brand Communication, is not only talented but very generous. Nicknack For more information on tim’s Cara provides ongoing opportunities has provided a large amount of performance and how to purchase for a person with a disability in-kind support to Cara over the past tickets please call Cara Head office throughout their life to make new few months developing our new on 8347 4588. friends, learn new skills and to participate in community activities. identity and branding. So that we can continue to provide We think it looks fabulous and I hope quality accommodation and respite you agree! Nicknack’s on-going and to meet the growing demand for commitment to Cara is invaluable our services, we need the support of and we look forward to working with the community. them on future projects. www.nicknack.com.au Please consider making a gift to Cara Your gift will enable a person with a disability to have the opportunity to live with dignity and independence in the community. Yes, I would like to make a gift to Cara. Mr / Mrs / Miss / Ms Address Suburb State Postcode Phone Email Please accept my gift of $20 $50 $75 $100 Other $ Please make cheque/money order payable to Cara Or debit my credit card visa mastercard Card No Cardholder’s name Signature Expiry Date / Please return the completed coupon in the reply paid envelope. Mail to Cara Po Box 237, Woodville SA 5011, telephone (08) 8347 4588 thank you for your support Gifts over $2 are tax deductible. A receipt will be sent to you shortly.
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