Why I choose Northcott

By Christina Trajceski, 24 September 2018 , Comments

I started attending Northcott as a taster in late 2016 when I graduated high school after finishing Year 12. The next year I finally decided to give it a go, so I signed up and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. What I like most about Northcott is the new… Read more...

Tips from a traveller with disability

Northcott customer Dale Ryan has been to America, England, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Germany, Russia, Sweden and more. With a list this long we couldn’t think of anyone better to offer advice on how to ensure disability doesn’t keep you from seeing the world. Over to you Dale… In this Read more...

Partnership supports job training

Northcott customers were presented with Statement of Attainments in Introduction to Working in a Warehouse Distribution Centre from TAFE NSW on Friday 7 September at a morning tea held at Northcott Parramatta. The customers were part of a pilot project that sees TAFE NSW collaborating with Northcott to support young people with disability to obtain Read more...

My experience with the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is suddenly alive and very real! Your package has finally come; the thing that they have been promising for years. But it’s nothing like you were expecting or promised. Actually, it kind of reminds you of a system that was around twenty years ago when you had no control Read more...

Katey leads workouts on wheels

Northcott’s Spina Bifida Adult Resource Team (SBART) provides support for people aged 18 and over who are living with Spina Bifida. This week we caught up with SBART customer Katey Chesterton to find out about the support the service provides and how she’s making her fitness career goals a reality with her business Wheelies Workout. Read more...

Accessible van drives independence

Northcott Oak Flats and Wollongong recently celebrated the launch of a new wheelchair accessible van. It has given young people with disability the opportunity to access events and locations which were previously unavailable to them. The purchase of the van was a collective effort between Northcott, Rotary, local businesses, such as Bendigo Bank, and philanthropic Read more...

Taking a break at respite

As soon as you enter Northcott’s Popondetta respite you get the sense that the staff have gone out of their way to make this a ‘home away from home’. From the relaxed outdoor space full of plants and flowers, to the customer photo collages that adorn the walls, there’s a welcoming feeling to one of Read more...

Promoting communication for all

“Communication access is about creating the kind of environment where everyone can get their message across,” said Northcott Speech Pathologist Katrina McNamee. Katrina is referring to the theory behind the Communication Access Symbol, which was created in 2011 by Victoria-based not-for-profit organisation Scope. The symbol works on the same theory as the highly-recognisable International Symbol Read more...

Pat brings culture to support role

Patrick McKechnie is a proud Wiradjuri man who has lived in Dubbo for over 20 years. For the past seven he has also been a Northcott support worker, using his Indigenous culture and his own experience with disability to support customers to achieve their goals and to access the community. We caught up with Patrick Read more...

Creative approach to therapy

What does McDonalds, basketball and Guess Who have in common? They all form part of the speech therapy strategy that Northcott Speech Pathologist Candice Slosu uses during her sessions with Northcott customer James. James and Candice have been working together since 2016 to improve James’ communication skills. After his twin brother Luke passed away in Read more...

Volunteer Cheryl uncovers new skills

Cheryl volunteers at Northcott’s Life Skills program in Ballina, supporting customers and staff with activities as wide ranging as card making, name writing, gardening, flower arranging, jewellery making, making collages, cooking, as well as going on community outings -including group coffee trips, attending Zumba and even visiting a local high school to watch a musical. Read more...

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