Northcott’s new ‘Support Assistant’ program feeds new passion

By Luisa Bustos and Belinda Magritzer, 9 July 2020 , Comments

More than half the participants in the first cohort of Northcott’s new Support Assistant paid internship program will join our workforce as Support Workers. Former hospitality worker, Kristopher Reyes is one of them. After completing the training program which included learning modules and more than 60 hours of work experience, Kris started working as a… Read more...

Finding opportunities in changes of routine

The start of the year brought lots of joy for Northcott Vocational Skills customer Maddy Pham as she started her first job working in an admin role at a company in Wetherill Park. However, a couple of months later, the company she was working for couldn’t get enough supplies due to the COVID-19 situation, and Read more...

Boredom Busters – fun and easy entertainment at home

When the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions came into place, Northcott Innovation (NI) started looking for ways to provide Northcott housing customers with ideas for some entertainment at home. That’s how Boredom Busters, a series of videos that offer a range of fun and engaging activities using everyday household items, was born. NI, a subsidiary of Northcott, Read more...

Deanna and Christell’s journey to living independently

When our customers Deanna and Christell talked about wanting to move out of their family homes, our Support Coordinators in Wagga Wagga listened – and took action. “It was really important for the girls to have had the support of Northcott. It’s quite a long process and you really need to have ticked a lot Read more...

Better housing choices for people with disability

Northcott welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement yesterday of more flexibility and increased choice for NDIS participants to live with their families, friends and partners. The changes to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) rules mean couples will be able to share a bedroom where they choose to do so, and children will be able to share a room Read more...

Top tips for successful dating

Dating can be hard and confusing for everyone. Northcott’s Sexuality and Relationship Education service has developed a series of three videos with tips for people with disability who are single and interested in dating. These videos were created thanks to a grant from insurance brokerage firm InterRISK. They were produced in response to the cancellation Read more...

Making a big move

For our Taree customers, becoming firm friends through Northcott was the first step towards moving into a home together. Emma, who was living alone before moving in with Jackie, says: “I love living the life of freedom, with company to share the fun.” Housemate Jackie (pictured above with Emma) adds: “I have a friend to Read more...

Northcott-led ‘FutureFit Forum’ tackles post-school transition

Following the positive feedback received from attendees at our first FutureFit Forum in Term 1, Northcott has again brought together a selected group of Support Transition Teachers (STTs) and disability industry experts to continue the conversation. The purpose of these events is to share insights and ideas to better support young people with disability to Read more...

After a difficult start, things start falling into place

Northcott Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Coordinator Angelique Shorten received this letter from Casey, the mother of her young customer, River. It beautifully describes their journey as a family, so we’ve shared it just as it was received. “Hello Angelique, When I was told our daughter River was on the autism spectrum, I got all Read more...

Northcott and Western Sydney Uni develop fast-tracked disability training

To address workforce shortages in the disability care sector brought on by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, Northcott has joined forces with Western Sydney University (WSU) to rapidly upskill, retrain and employ displaced workers. Aligning with the Australian Government’s Higher Education Relief Package – which provides opportunities for significantly discounted short online courses – the Read more...

‘Exploring Inclusion’: last chance to access conference materials

Heard great things about the recent Virtual Disability Conference? It’s not too late to check out all the action! Post-event registration is still available until the end of May. You will get full access to recordings of all four conference streams. E-posters are also now available to anyone who registers for the conference. The content Read more...

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