OCC Christmas Tree Festival


We are excited to announce that the OC Connections (OCC) annual Christmas Tree Festival will kick off on Saturday 30 November. Our popular festival originated in the 1960s in the backyard of Frank Burton, whose daughter attended our day support services. Over time the festival has grown and is today our biggest fundraiser, attracting generations … Continue reading OCC Christmas Tree Festival

2019 SASI Art Show


OC Connections (OCC) encourages families and friends to come along and support the talented OCC participant artists who have entered the 2019 SASI Art Competition. With the encouragement and support of Val Rowe, OC Connections Disability Educator, 15 artists from OCC have submitted 34 artworks into the competition. Please support the OCC artists by visiting … Continue reading 2019 SASI Art Show

Towards Employment Info Night


Thank you to everyone who attended the recent information night at OC Connections (OCC) to introduce a new initiative called Towards Employment. Please watch a recording of the presentation below. In attendance at the information night were parents and year 11 and 12 students at local schools, as well as a group of young adults … Continue reading Towards Employment Info Night

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability at OCC


Two prominent events will be held on Tuesday 3 December: International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) and Giving Tuesday. The theme for the 2019 International Day of People with Disability is promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership. In support of this theme, OC Connections (OCC) would like to celebrate the … Continue reading Celebrating International Day of People with Disability at OCC

NDIS family’s success story


Parents of OC Connections (OCC) participant Cal made the most of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by conducting research and speaking to their peers. Cal’s parents’ learnings have ultimately helped them to set up a plan for their son which has enabled him to participate more fully in his community, learn new skills and … Continue reading NDIS family’s success story

NDIS Community Forum


The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, the Shadow Minister for National Disability Insurance Scheme, and Clare O’Neil MP, the Federal Member for Hotham, would like you to join them at this important community forum on the NDIS. WHEN: Wednesday 13 November, 2019 10.30am to 12.00pm WHERE: Mulgrave Community Centre, 355 Wellington Road, Mulgrave Find out more … Continue reading NDIS Community Forum

Footy finals fever at OCCE


It was footy mania at the OC Connections Enterprises (OCCE) Annual Grand Final Lunch held the Thursday before the AFL Grand Final. Steve Betinsky, GM Employment and Enterprises, Employee Support Officer, Donna Hogan and other OCCE staff were excited to put on the footy finals lunch again in 2019. To kick off the finals celebration, … Continue reading Footy finals fever at OCCE

Carolyn realises her goal!


You may remember our article last month about the strong bond Carolyn and her support worker Nicole have formed over common interests. One shared interest is Carolyn’s goal to regularly access more musicals and concerts in the community. This month we are pleased to report that the two have planned, prepared and enjoyed a magical … Continue reading Carolyn realises her goal!

Introducing OCC Towards Employment


We are excited to announce that in 2020 OC Connections will be delivering an NDIS funded School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) pathway. Called “Towards Employment”, the pathway will provide a suite of activities to assist school leavers with disability to gain the skills and confidence to transition to meaningful employment. Who is it for? Towards … Continue reading Introducing OCC Towards Employment