Community Spotlight October 17

Welcome to the launch of our Community Spotlight video series. In our first episode, we interview OC Connections’ CEO Therese Desmond and chat with her about the Port Adelaide AFL player, Jack Hombsch, who recently won the Jim Stynes award for his work supporting people with intellectual disabilities.

AGM 2017

This month we celebrated in style the achievements over the past year at our Annual General Meeting. Highlights include the completion of the Accommodation Redevelopment Project and the launch of OC Connections involvement in the Defence Administrative Assistance Program (DAAP) at the Department of Defence, Victorian Barracks. Click below to watch the video of two inspiring DAAP employees more »

Food Van

On the morning of October 11, OC Connections Enterprises, the local community and commuters passing by were fortunate to have the opportunity to buy their lunch from a “Gourmet Toasties” food van. The van was staffed by several participants from OC Connections who thoroughly enjoyed the work-experience opportunity that this initiative provided. The food van is more »

Pain Awareness Project by scope

  Are you a parent/carer or support worker of an adult who: has a health condition associated with pain and has an intellectual disability as defined by at least four of the following? Absence of speech Major sensory impairment (vision or hearing) Severe problems with movement Dependence on others to meet basic daily needs Apparent lack of more »

Victorian Disability Awards

For the past 7 years the Victorian Disability Awards have recognised and honoured individuals and groups who make an outstanding contribution to empowering  people living with a disability to live fulfilling lives as fully inclusive members of their communities. The Victorian Disability Awards are a joint initiative between National Disability Services (NDS) and the Department more »

Aidan’s Starlight Wish Comes True

If you are granted one wish what would it be? Some people might wish for something grand like winning Tattslotto, a world trip or world peace others wish for smaller things like an opportunity to meet their childhood hero. Several years ago, Aidan, a participant at OC Connections, was recommended by his healthcare professional to the Starlight more »

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 more »

The 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Survey

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is inviting people with disability, their carers and families to complete the 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Engagement Survey. An important part of the work of DSS doing is finding out what people with disability, their families and carers think about disability in Australia and the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 more »

Visit from the Hon. Minister Martin Foley

On Wednesday 19 July, 2017 OC Connections was visited by the Hon. Martin Foley (Minister for Housing, Ageing & Disability; Minister for Mental Health; Minister for Creative Industries; Minister for Equality). Several years ago the Victorian Government partnered with OC Connections to redevelop its congregate care facilities and build five new supported accommodation homes in more »

Lily Rodricks wins the Alan James Award

    The Oakleigh and District Rotary Club has supported OC Connections for many years. We are thrilled and proud to announce the winner of the Alan James Award at last night’s Oakleigh Rotary Club dinner was our own Lily Rodricks from OC Connections Enterprises. The dinner was a wonderful success. The award is named more »