“Around the World in 80 Days” Gala Night

Wests Illawarra presents “Around the World in 80 Days” Gala Night for The Disability Trust on 22nd July at Wests Illawarra.  This year the theme is based on the iconic story of world travel and is sure to be another enjoyable night whilst raising funds to support The Disability Trust’s children’s programs in the Illawarra.

To purchase tickets please email galanight@disabilitytrust.org.au or call our head office on 4255 8000.

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The Outside Man

Only a few days to go until the opening night of this great collaboration between The Disability Trust and Merrigong Theatre Co. The support of the actors from the team at Merrigong is a testament to their commitment to create this unique pieces of work that enable all actors to showcase their skills and talents. We are proud of our partnership with Merrigong and look forward to this continuing in the years to come.

The Outside Man promises to be a highlight of this year’s theatre season with something for everyone.

Contact the IPAC box office by calling 02 4224 5999 or go online and book your tickets today http://www.merrigong.com.au/buy.html?showid=2703

To find out more please click on the links below to see an article in the Illawarra Mercury and a clip from the Channel 9 news

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4522396/love-conquers-in-merrigongs-latest-production-the-outside-man/

CEO Reaches 30 Years at The Trust

Congratulations to our CEO, Margaret Bowen on your 30 years at The Disability Trust! Margaret has led The Trust to great success over the past 30 years. Starting out with the Trust in 1987 when it’s earliest role was in developing and bringing together local services in the Illawarra and advocating for more effective ways to meet community needs.

The Trust has grown and become more diverse but has retained its connection with people with disabilities and their families and has continued to place a client-focused ethos at the heart of its operations.

Through Margaret’s Leadership during the 1980’s and 1990s The Trust provided services from Attendant Care Programs, Post School Options, employment services and many more innovative programs, designed to support people with disabilities. All of these services represented significantly new service types at the time and were a prelude to programs that are ongoing at The Trust today.

More recently Margaret has steered the organisation through some significant changes to the disability sector with the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Disability Trust has lobbied hard for the NDIS and is ready to meet the needs of both current and future service users. It is the vision of The Disability Trust to build on the strengths afforded by our local connections and partnerships with people with disabilities, their families and friends. We are committed to continuing to explore ways to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and to seeking ways to create a more inclusive world through the roll out of the NDIS.

Without the strong leadership and commitment of Margaret to The Disability Trust and the sector the organisation would not be the dynamic, innovative, adaptable and trustworthy as it is today. Margaret celebrated today with some of her many colleagues with cake and a glass of champagne.

Congratulations once again Margaret what a brilliant achievement.

E-Year in Review

Wow! What a year of change! While we knew that this year would be critically important in terms of getting the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ready I think it is only in retrospect that we can see clearly the amount of progress we have made that pleasingly sees us in a position of strength and confidence closing out the year.

If you would like to know more about the year we have had check out our Year in Review

 

 

Thomas Butler – Winner Excellence in Indigenous Programs

 

The Disability Trust would like to congratulate Thomas Butler on winning the NDS award for Excellence in Indigenous Programs.

Thomas is an Aboriginal Elder who has developed a culture group mentorship and support program with The Disability Trust, specifically designed for young indigenous men with a disability. Using a blend of modern and traditional tools and techniques, Thomas assists the young men to develop their everyday life skills as well as providing education about their culture, language and health. In its third year, participants of the program have been able to engage at a deeper level with their own indigenous and non-indigenous communities, building stronger long term relationships and futures. To find out more about the NDS awards please see https://www.nds.org.au/…/nsw-disability-industry-innovation…

Gifting It Back Christmas Carols in Wollongong

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Last Saturday we were fortunate enough to once again be the charity partner for the Gifting It Back Christmas Carols in Wollongong. This event is organised by Aleks, Branka and Zoran Marjanovic and their extended family and friends. It was a fantastic night of Christmas carols bringing our local community together. The night provided the opportunity for our very own Star Dancers & Music Makers to perform their Christmas dances for those who attended the evening which culminated in a huge fireworks display. Over 2,000 attended this year’s event which was hosted by WIN TV’s Geoff Phillips and included superb performances by Prinnie Stevens, Leigh McRae, Trent Bowater and many others. We are already looking forward to next year’s event which will be held on Saturday 2 December. Put it in your diaries now!

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Client Christmas Party – Jamberoo Action Park

jamberoo-2016-13On Saturday 3 December, 300 participants, their family and friends from The Disability Trust went to Jamberoo Action Park for our Christmas celebration hosted by the park. CEO Dax Eddy and the team from Jamberoo Action Park did such a great job of looking after everyone on the day, making sure a great experience was had by all who attended. Highlights included the brilliant rides at the park and the BBQ lunch. It was great to see so many participants having lots of fun with their friends and being able to connect with one another outside of their weekly programs. It was also great to catch up with all the families on the day and see their siblings having so much fun together. This has become an annual event for participants from our Sport & Recreation service in the Illawarra and we are deeply appreciative to Jamberoo Action Park for making this end of year celebration possible for our participants and their families.

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The Music Makers- Creative Performance Evening Fundraising Concert

The Creative Performance Evening Fundraising Concert 2017 at City Diggers, Wollongong THIS FRIDAY.

The Music Makers are so excited to announce that they will be sharing the stage on Friday night with the following amazingly talented performers:

2017 MUSIC MAKER SUPPORT ACTS:
Allison Wales Music- Allison Wales Fuzion Performing Arts
The Disability Trust- Star Dancers
The Birds School of Irish Dance- Jennifer Bird
Ryleigh Wilson- Ryleigh Wilson
Zumba Fitness – with Mish at Dapto, Shellharbour, Albion Park- Michelle Windsor
Kirrily Downy
Illagroovers- Street Beatz Hip Hop Wollongong
Olivia Spiteri
Shona Hooplova – Circus Artist
Brooke Spiteri
Thank you to everyone who will be sharing your passion to perform with the Music Makers.

We can’t wait to be entertained