Scholarship support makes university dream a reality

By Luisa Bustos, 17 January 2020 , Comments

Afghani-born Fathema always had a dream to go to university, but she never imagined it would become a reality. Born in war-torn Afghanistan and diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Fathema thought having a disability – and coming from a non-English speaking background – would limit her opportunities. Tertiary scholarship support from Northcott, however, gave… Read more...

Early Intervention provides a head start for a great life

“Six months ago he wouldn’t say a single word in a whole day; now he doesn’t stop talking! He is achieving his goals much quicker than I could have ever imagined.” Ellen is talking about her two-year-old son Billy, who has a rare genetic condition that affects his neurological development. He has been receiving support Read more...

Sharing Scott’s signing skills

“Northcott has taken on Scott’s sign language (Auslan), and the staff are teaching the other customers [to communicate with Scott]. It’s lovely to see. They’ve taken it on because if you don’t know sign, Scott won’t communicate with you.” Scott’s mother Jackie is talking about how staff at Northcott’s Tamworth Everyday Life Skills program are Read more...

The power of partnerships for Housing customers

“It’s easy to sit somebody who might be blind and deaf on the couch, but it’s 2019. There are simple things we can do in the home to include Merryn and Travers.” When Marty from Northcott’s Behaviour Support team called in Vision Australia to assist in our Albury accommodation service, Northcott Service Coordinator Peta McCorry Read more...

Gaining confidence to go out

“When Samson first started coming here he didn’t want to go out. He would always stay in his pyjamas and he would say he felt sick in the stomach. One staff member would have to stay back with Samson. Nowadays, he looks at the clock, sees it is 9 o’clock and goes and gets changed Read more...

A community partnership to celebrate

“We’re really proud of our long-term partnership with Western Sydney University (WSU). We have achieved wonderful things with WSU and I think the students have accomplished a great deal as well. They are one of our great community partners.” Kerry Stubbs, Northcott’s CEO, is referring to the decade-long community fundraising partnership between Northcott and the Read more...

Support to get started

“Our Northcott Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Coordinator Emily took us through the NDIS process, what services will be available to us, what we can claim and so forth. We didn’t have many questions afterwards because she covered everything. Our case is probably one of the simpler ones, but to know that the help is Read more...

Moving out of home brings independence

Jenny and John never thought anyone could look after their daughter Diane the way they could. But in May when she moved out of home permanently with support from Northcott’s Housing and Supported Independent Living Services, they saw her flourish into a whole new person. “We always said we wouldn’t make her move out of Read more...

Tales from Two: Nathan and Mathew

From bubs to boys to men. Nathan and Mathew are best friends. They have known each other since they were just a few months old. As children, their friendship grew through weekends spent together at Northcott’s kids respite group at Karingal, our respite house in North Rocks. These days it can be hard for Nathan Read more...

Thinking about an inclusive society

3 December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions. Northcott Inclusive Workplace Officer Ben Keyte shares his thoughts on why IDPwD is a valuable day on Read more...

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