Having a Say in Geelong

On 6 February representatives from the Residents Advisory Group attended the annual VALID ”Having a Say“ conference in Geelong. The group had been looking forward to attending the conference since September last year when Bernadette (Bernie) brought it to the group’s attention at one of their regular fortnightly meetings. Six people were keen to attend even … Continue reading Having a Say in Geelong

Certificate 1 Graduates

OC Connections, in partnership with Go Work Skills, is extremely proud to congratulate the recent graduates of the Certificate One Training Course in Literacy. A graduation celebration held in December at OC Connections Enterprises, was well received by all who attended. All 11 participants were brimming with pride at their achievements and expressed how excited … Continue reading Certificate 1 Graduates

Christmas Fundraiser

Pictured above: (L) Councillor Stuart James and (R) Steve Dimopoulos MP, State Member for Oakleigh A big thank you to all our volunteers who helped make 2017’s Christmas Tree Fundraiser a huge success. Volunteering their valuable time to help raise funds for our charity embodies the true spirit of Christmas. We are sure their efforts were noted … Continue reading Christmas Fundraiser

Community Spotlight

Welcome to the third episode of our Community Spotlight video series. This month, OC Connections’ CEO Therese Desmond is joined by Athena Kontonis, Learning & Assessment Manager, in sharing an inspiring story of Olivia Hargroder; athlete, actor, public speaker and disability advocate who took her message to the United Nations. We also celebrate the achievements … Continue reading Community Spotlight

Goodbye to the old home

The completion of OC Connections’ Accommodation Redevelopment Project resulted in participants moving out of congregate care facilities into their new 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 … Continue reading Goodbye to the old home

Metropolitan Fundraising Stall 2017

Once again, the Metropolitan Golf Club Women’s Committee hosted their annual fundraising stall this November and invited OC Connections to share in it. Pictured above, Cassie and Ben were joined by Deb Groves and OC Connections’ CEO, Therese Desmond. The group enjoyed the opportunity to chat with the golfers about our organisation while promoting our Christmas cards … Continue reading Metropolitan Fundraising Stall 2017

Ensuring a Strong Future for Supported Employment

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has recently released their discussion paper: Ensuring a strong future for supported employment. The paper asks people with disability, their family and carers and anyone in the disability and employment sectors to have their say on supported employment. As Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice, said: … Continue reading Ensuring a Strong Future for Supported Employment