One journey ends and another begins

Pictured above from left to right: Peta Denham Harvey – Manager Strategic Outcomes Department of Health & Human Services, Jill Gardiner – Deputy Secretary, Eastern Division Department of Health & Human Service. Therese Desmond – CEO OC Connections, Vicki Hayes – General Manager Engagement and Partnerships OC Connections, Maurice Pitard – Chairman OC Connections

On the Thursday 3rd of August 2017 OC Connections celebrated the completion of the Accommodation Redevelopment with a well-attended function at the local Oakleigh RSL.

The celebration provided the opportunity for OC Connections to thank everyone involved in this very successful three year project.  Our partners included:

  • The Department of Health and Human Services
  • Colcept Architects
  • Builders- Williams, Mackie and Metcalfe
  • Residential Advisory Group
  • Families, friends and supporters

The project was led by OC Connections General Manager Engagement and Partnerships, Vicki Hayes and the Residents Advisory Group and resulted in the development of five new community homes and one unit.  The last of the five homes was completed in December 2016, with a two bedroom extension to an existing house being completed in April 2017. The development was completed ahead of time and within budget.

The afternoon was tinged with sadness that the project had come to an end, however everyone was overjoyed for the residents who have commenced an exciting adventure living their lives in beautiful purpose built homes.

Key to the redevelopment’s success was the commitment of everyone who was involved to work with the residents to identify how they wanted to be supported and the model of housing that reflected personal tastes and preferences about how each person wanted to live.

OC Connections is proud of its achievements as this project has meant that for the first time this group of people with disabilities are living in new homes where they have had choice over all aspects of the development. They determined what the homes would look like, how they would be decorated, and what supports would maximise independence and give each person a greater sense of choice and control over their own lives.

On Thursday we celebrated all of the people involved who were dedicated to ensuring that this group of people living with a disability have contemporary, individualised community living options.  Most importantly we celebrated the exciting futures ahead for the residents who have comfortably settled into their new homes and are already exploring the new opportunities this move provides.

Please enjoy below the photos from our celebration

Click here to watch our short documentary about the project.

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