Camp for Kids join the Navy An opportunity in sand and sea A new by hjkuiw354


  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                            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
    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.

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

    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
    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.

 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.

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    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.

                                            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
                                                                                      dip in the
                                            people with a disability the               wheelcha
                                            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  
Dora the Explorer activities run by         Special thanks to City of
Centro Colonnades.                          Onkaparinga Library, Bunnings                      Cara Volu
                                                                                               natalie at eer Karyn helps
                                            Colonnades, Noarlunga TAFE,                                  the Bunnin
“It was great to do the fun activities                                                                              gs Worksho
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.

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.

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