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Hearing tips from Henry

By Luisa Bustos, 4 December 2017 , Comments

Henry has a hearing impairment but he doesn’t let that hold him back in a noisy kitchen. Through various work experience placements, including in the kitchens at Sydney Southwest Private Hospital and Crossroads Hotel in Casula, Henry has learnt some strategies to help him and his work mates – despite the noisy exhaust fans, ovens,… Read more...

Gregory and Dolores Farrell Scholarship Applications Are Now Open

Are you a wheelchair user who is looking for financial support with your tertiary studies, or know someone who is? Applications are now open for the 2018 Gregory and Dolores Farrell Scholarship. The scholarships, which are administered by the SpineCare Foundation, offer financial support for students who use a wheelchair for mobility and are looking Read more...

Leaving No One Behind

International Day of People with Disability is on Sunday 3 December and this year’s theme is based around the idea of creating a sustainable and resilient society for all. In more simple terms it is about making sure that no one is left behind.   Being left behind can happen in many ways and Northcott Read more...

Thrill seeker

Sydney-based Northcott customer Travis Bellamy like many other twenty-somethings wants to live life to the fullest, enjoy new experiences and have some fun. As part of his NDIS goal to develop everyday life skills and become more independent, Travis developed a plan and organised a trip to visit his sister in Queensland. He developed a Read more...

From our archives – Malay visitor smiles for Santa

This photo of a smiling Malay boy posing with Santa shows the long-standing tradition of a Christmas Santa photo. The story behind the image gives us a glimpse of how disability was approached in times past. For example, it was common in the 1950s and ‘60s for children from nearby British colonies to be sent Read more...

Top Tips for a Successful First Date

Asking somebody you like or who you want to spend more time with on a date can be daunting and stressful. But it’s doesn’t have to be! It’s important to remember that going on a date is just a way to get to know someone better and have some fun! Northcott’s relationships and sexuality expert Read more...

Taking the stress out of Santa photos

Christmas can be both an exciting and a stressful time for families with expectations around getting involved in the celebrations and rituals. One of those is the annual photo with Santa. Proud grandparents, demands from other family members, and peer pressure all can add to the stress of organising your child to have their photo Read more...

Cricketers go into bat for Northcott

Cricket legends past and present teamed up with Northcott at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the Northcott Cricket Gala Dinner on 9 November 2017. Alongside Master of Ceremonies, radio personality Matt de Groot, entertainment included Tony Dee who sang “Yes I Can” which was the theme of the 2016 Paralympics Campaign and featured in a Read more...

Happy Mondays

When men at our Campbelltown Life Skills Group were hard to engage during the program’s regular activities on Mondays, Northcott’s Centre Based Coordinator Kerry Vivar decided to take matters into her own hands. With some ideas from participants, Kerry developed a speciality Men’s Group offering activities more suited to men’s interests. “We decided to start Read more...

Northcott’s ideas factory

Northcott Innovation (NI) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northcott. It is the design, innovation and creative hub for new thinking and insights. In this interview with Executive Director, Sam Frain, we explore the thinking and approach behind NI. Why did Northcott set up Northcott Innovation? Northcott saw an opportunity to do something different from other Read more...

Teeing up for a fun-filled summer

In Coffs Harbour, there’s a group of 23 friends who love getting out and about in the community, building their independence and simply having fun! The friends are part of Northcott’s Life Skills group which focuses on supporting young people with disability to do the things they enjoy most. The fun the group gets up Read more...

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