Big goals, small steps


Short term accommodation (previously known as respite care) can support people with a disability and their primary carer to maintain a positive relationship by providing time for both to experience new things.  OC Connections offers short term accommodation options for people aged eighteen years and over and aims to provide new experiences and new conversations in … Continue reading Big goals, small steps

Certificate I in Transition Education Graduation


Congratulations to our seven participants who graduated from the Certificate I in Transition Education in July.  Brienna, Bradley, Artishna, Ariane, Zane, Shirley, Mohammad and David were presented with their Certificates by training provider Catalyst Training in celebration of their achievements. The Certificate I training involves participants undertaking one day per week developing the skills and … Continue reading Certificate I in Transition Education Graduation

Introducing our Brunch Club


Meet discerning foodies Aly, Jane, Jenny, Maryann, Adrian and Dianne.  All six live in OC Connections supported accommodation, sharing two houses next door to each other and have developed a shared interest in exploring Melbourne’s cafe culture. The club came about when the group developed an interest in healthy eating and selected to substitute their … Continue reading Introducing our Brunch Club

Make it Work Eastern Melbourne


Wed. 29 August 2018 11:30 am – 1:30 pm AEST Manningham MC2 687 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster, VIC 3108 The NDIS is making a difference every day. But we know it’s still not working for everyone. That’s why Every Australian Counts is bringing everyone together again with the Make It Work forums. The Make It Work … Continue reading Make it Work Eastern Melbourne

CommBank Foundation Grant


The CommBank Foundation has gifted OC Connections one of 1,000 Centenary Grants valued at $10,000 in recognition of the centre’s work in the field of intellectual disability.  A cheque was presented to Board Chair, Peter Willcocks, and volunteer, Alyson in early August. The grant will contribute to OC Connection’s Achieve Fund to provide specialist training, … Continue reading CommBank Foundation Grant

Bowling Fun


OC Connections Day Support Program provides a multitude of activities for participants to take part in throughout the year.  The aim of the program is to assist our participants to develop life skills, confidence, social skills, team work, independence as well as extend their knowledge in new ways. Lawn bowls at the Mount Waverley Bowling … Continue reading Bowling Fun

Craft for a Cause


Sewing is a favourite past time for many people.  It is one of many activities available to day support participants at OC Connections.  Margaret, Neil Pauline  (pictured above) and Susan have been taking part in our Tuesday sewing group run by day support worker, Roberta. Sewing projects usually include heat packs which have a simple … Continue reading Craft for a Cause

Work Experience


Work experience provides an opportunity to trial work, build job-ready skills, find out more about a particular industry and assist in transitioning to full-time employment. For some of our OC Connections participants, work experience also helps to integrate them into the community. Day support participants Jay, Artishna, Cal, Sarah and Mohammad take part in the … Continue reading Work Experience