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March newsletter

15.03.2017

 

 

Welcome

2017 is going to be an exciting year for Bridges. We are beginning to see our first clients that have their NDIS plans and are looking forward to being part of the positive changes that will result from this.

We have commenced our role as Early Childhood Early Intervention transition partners for children 0-6  with the NDIA, this allows us to continue to work collaboratively alongside our families to support them as they begin to explore ways that the NDIS can support their individual circumstances.

We are developing some new initiatives in a number of areas including family support programs, inclusion support for schools and preschools and the trial of the Bargo outreach for families from the Wollondilly. Some of these initiatives are being developed in response to feedback from our family surveys last year. Thanks for the great ideas!

Family Survey – feedback

Thanks to all the families who provided feedback at the end of last year. Here is an overview of the results:

Families identified the following as the best aspects of our service:

  1. Supportive Staff: families felt understood, were able to develop trusting relationships, have questions answered and felt that staff truly cared about each individual child and family.
  2. Great Therapy: therapy individualised to meet each child’s needs, goals were reflected in therapy and achievements made and celebrated, their child was happy and engaged.
  3. The Environment: families indicated they felt welcome, comfortable and not judged by others and that their children had fun whilst in therapy.

Families indicated that they were very satisfied,  (67%) with all aspects of their therapy and 71% were very satisfied with the individual therapists supporting their child and family.

Areas where suggested improvements could be made to our services:

  1. Expansion: of our building or working more in the other townships within the Shire.
  2. Providing additional information: better promotion of all the services that they can access here, ensuring that families have information to understand their child’s needs, continue to assist families with their understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), streamline the ways in which some information is shared, e.g emails.
  3. Professional development for other services: supporting preschools, childcare centres, schools and other services with strategies on how to best include each child within their service.
  4. Continue as you are: Many families stated “don’t change what you are doing” as “all the services are great. I cannot fault them”.

I am pleased to say that most of the suggested improvement are included in Bridges for Learning 2015-2018 strategic plan.


BDCU  My Community Partner

We are pleased to announce that Bridges for Learning is now a My Community Partner with BDCU Alliance Bank. Many people may be unaware of the Bank’s Social Enterprise “Do Good” philosophy that is reflected through  their Shared Value Approach to business.Part of this program includes corporate volunteering and the “Do Good ” boxes found in each of the branches. Through the “Do Good” boxes BDCU Alliance Bank makes a major donation to two local nominated organisations every six months. So if you see Bridges for Learning’s name on a “Do Good’ box drop a token in for us.

In addition to this, anyone in the community,  is now able to support Bridges for Learning through their savings accounts at BDCU Alliance Bank. For every $1.00 of interest earned, BDCU pays 15 cents from its own capital to whichever community organisation the customer has nominated. Bridges for Learning is a partner in this program.

We are excited by the opportunities that this partnership can lead to in the future of Bridges for Learning  and BDCU Alliance Bank in our local community.

For more information about how you can support Bridges for Learning through this program contact BDCU Alliance Bank

Bargo Sessions Begin

Matt held his first  Speech Therapy sessions at Bargo on the 3rd February, which were a great success. Currently we are offering alternating individual Speech therapy and Occupational Therapy  sessions on Fridays. These sessions are extremely popular with our Wollondilly clients, however we have a few vacancies left, so get in quick!

Sessions are conducted in the Bargo Community Hall,  96 Radnor Rd. Bargo (next to the sportsfield).

STAFF UPDATE

Welcome Lorna!

We are excited to announce that Lorna is now our 2nd speech therapist on team.She is working full time across a number of programs including, groups and individual sessions. If you are thinking about accessing speech therapy for your child, we now have vacancies available.

Goodbye to Linda!
After many years of working on reception, we bid Linda a sad farewell. Linda’s last day was the 1st March. We wish her and her family well in her new endeavours.

NDIS UPDATE

As you know Bridges for Learning has been selected to be a Transitional Partner with NDIA under the Early Childhood Early Intervention pathway for children aged 0-6.   This means that we are able to support families with children to access the NDIS. As part of this role we will be conducting their planning meetings.

When will my Planning meeting occur?
Before we can meet with you to develop your child’s plan. There are a few steps that need to occur:

  • Your child needs to meet the eligibility criteria for the NDIS.
  • The NDIA need to contact you directly to confirm your child’s details. This usually occurs as a phone call from a private number or if the NDIA are unable to contact you they may send a letter.
  • The NDIA will then contact Bridges for Learning to let us know that we can complete a plan with you for your child.
  • Until we are allocated your child’s name from NDIA we cannot begin your child’s plan.

I have been contacted by the NDIA but not by Bridges for Learning?

  • Due to the significant number of people transitioning into the NDIS, both children and adults, the NDIA are experiencing delays in providing information to services to commence planning.
  • Please be assured that as soon as your child’s details have been forwarded to us, we will contact you to organise your planning meeting.

I have not been contacted by the NDIA?

  • Please speak to one of the staff at Bridges for Learning as there are currently a variety of reasons that this may be occurring.

Our friendly staff at Bridges for Learning are happy to meet with you if you have any questions about the NDIS.

Kind regards,



Kathleen Hornery
Manager
Bridges for Learning

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