Pat brings culture to support role

By Kate Reid, 15 August 2018 , Comments

Patrick McKechnie is a proud Wiradjuri man who has lived in Dubbo for over 20 years. For the past seven he has also been a Northcott support worker, using his Indigenous culture and his own experience with disability to support customers to achieve their goals and to access the community. We caught up with Patrick… Read more...

Creative approach to therapy

What does McDonalds, basketball and Guess Who have in common? They all form part of the speech therapy strategy that Northcott Speech Pathologist Candice Slosu uses during her sessions with Northcott customer James. James and Candice have been working together since 2016 to improve James’ communication skills. After his twin brother Luke passed away in Read more...

Volunteer Cheryl uncovers new skills

Cheryl volunteers at Northcott’s Life Skills program in Ballina, supporting customers and staff with activities as wide ranging as card making, name writing, gardening, flower arranging, jewellery making, making collages, cooking, as well as going on community outings -including group coffee trips, attending Zumba and even visiting a local high school to watch a musical. Read more...

Tamworth Life Skills get active

Our Tamworth Life Skills customers love getting outdoors for a game of OzTag. The non-contact team sport is similar to touch football, with players attempting to score goals while their opponent tries to ‘tag’ them by removing a Velcro attached tag. The game is so popular with our customers that it will soon be a Read more...

Developing social skills: Part 2

For young people with autism or intellectual disability, one of the most important aspects of a successful job search is the development of social skills. Northcott’s Vocational Skills Advisor Richard Bright explains the key to this skill development is building resilience and learning to understand social cues. This is achieved through modelling socially appropriate behaviour, Read more...

Vocational Skills Campbelltown

Drop in and check us out! Contact our Campbelltown team if you would like to drop in and spend a few hours learning more about our program. This is suitable of students who have ‘School Leaver Employment Support (SLES)’ funding, ‘Finding or keep a job’ funding or ‘NDIS Individual’ funding. What to expect: Get first Read more...

Developing social skills: Part 1

For young people with autism or intellectual disability, one of the most important aspects of a successful job search is the development of social skills. Northcott’s Vocational Skills Advisor Richard Bright explains the key to this skill development is building resilience and learning to understand social cues. This is achieved through modelling socially appropriate behaviour, Read more...

School holiday fun and learning

Northcott’s Outside of School Hours Care (OSHC) is not your typical child minding service. Offering the opportunity for kids with disability to have fun, make friends and develop the skills they need to build healthy relationships, the service is designed to provide individual support to ensure every customer gets the most out of their experience. Read more...

People with disability invited to share thoughts on sexuality

There aren’t many spaces where disability and sexuality is openly discussed. But Northcott Innovation aims to change that by encouraging people with disability who identify as LGBTQI, or questioning, to express themselves through the ‘Velvet Expressions’ research project. The ‘Velvet Expressions’ sessions are a series of evenings of wild and wonderful conversations that aim to Read more...

Helpful tips for travel training

Gaining skills and confidence to get yourself from A to B without relying on family or friends is one of the most empowering ways to build your independence. But if you’re not accustomed to train or bus travel, catching public transport around your community can be daunting and confusing. What options are available? What is Read more...

Campaign Monitor staffers ‘Give Back’

Russell, a volunteer from our corporate partner, Campaign Monitor, first came to know Northcott through his sister-in-law, former customer and employee, Nabila. Through Campaign Monitor’s Giving Back Program, Russell and his colleagues have participated in many different volunteering opportunities with our customers. We spoke to Russell to find out more about his volunteering experience. Why Read more...

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