On Thursday 19 May, staff at the OC Connections’ Warrigal Road site welcomed the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers and for Child Protection and Family Services, Mr Anthony Carbines and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Mr Steve Dimopoulos for a tour of our Day Support facility.
The tour, organised by the Department of Fairness, Family and Housing (DFFH), was an opportunity for the Minister to see the NDIS in action, while showcasing the support and programs that OC Connections provides people with disability.
“It is important that when the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers makes a policy decision, he has a personal connection and a picture of who and how they will be impacted by Government decisions,” says Therese Desmond.
The visit coincided with our Participant Reference Group meeting, providing a chance for the Ministers and their teams to see in action the important engagement and contribution of participants to the operations of OC Connections. They were impressed by the concept and pleased to see it in action.
The team spent over an hour at Warrigal Road and provided a positive report on their experience. Minister Carbines later posted on his social media feeds:
“It’s no wonder Oakleigh’s Steve Dimopoulos MP was so keen to visit OC Connections – there’s a real buzz here – they’re a disability support provider where inclusive opportunities for daily activities, work & community visits for people with disability are at the centre of all they do.
Steve Dimopoulos is a great supporter of OC Connections and we thank him for continuing to show his support and encourage his peers to see in person the work that we do. Thank you also to the small team of staff who worked hard to make the visit a success, despite their busy schedules. Thank you to Day Support management, facilities and corporate teams for your work in making our visitors feel welcome.