Let’s hear it for the girls


It seems the influence of the AFLW and the continual growth of female football teams in local competitions has encouraged some of OCC participants to take part in the sport. OCC participant, Linda, and OCCE supported employee, Stephanie, have laced up their boots to join the Mazenod Panthers all-abilities football team this year. They join … Continue reading Let’s hear it for the girls

Empowering our participants


True to our values of Opportunity and Choice, OC Connections has developed a training program to equip a core group of participants to be involved in the recruitment and induction of new staff to the organisation. Participant Advisory Group and Resident Advisory Group members have taken part in the training program, with great success. Organised … Continue reading Empowering our participants

Managing your money


Assistance in managing their money is a common request from our participants and their families. It is often thought that people learn everything online these days, but that doesn’t suit everyone. The CAP money course is a free basic money and budgeting course that teaches people budgeting skills and a simple cash-based system. Held over … Continue reading Managing your money

Toot Art Exhibition


Six of our artists showcased their work at Toot Artspace in St Kilda for two weeks at the end of February. Fred, Kathleen, Vlada, Peter, Joey and Craig joined creative forces for the OCC Group Art Exhibition.  The opening of the event was held on Thursday 21 February and was attended by family, friends and … Continue reading Toot Art Exhibition

Toastie Experience


Samuel, Janet, Shirley, Belinda, Linda and Stephen all took to the Catalyst Training Toastie van on 28 February to cook and sell toasties to the staff at OC Connections Enterprises (OCCE). This opportunity forms part of the Certificate I in Work Education, run by Catalyst Training. All six of the participants work as supported employees … Continue reading Toastie Experience

Community recognition for Kathy


Congratulations to OC Connections Community Living participant, Kathy, who was awarded a 2018 social housing volunteer award on Wednesday 27 February this year. Kathy received the Frances Penington Award in recognition of her outstanding voluntary contribution to her local community.  These awards publicly acknowledge an individual tenant or a group of tenants who contribute positively … Continue reading Community recognition for Kathy

Have your say


Today the Morrison government released draft Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced by people with disability. It’s important that people with disability, their families and carers can have input into what the Royal Commission should cover. To make sure this happens, the draft Terms of Reference … Continue reading Have your say

Having Our Say


Members of our Participant Advisory Group presented at Valid’s Having a Say Conference on Tuesday 5 February. Aidan, Richard, Ben and Colin spoke on being a positive influence to others and their achievements, presenting to attendees at the Conference in Geelong. The group was inspired to present after attending last year’s Having a Say Conference … Continue reading Having Our Say