Human rights at the end of the Mardi Gras rainbow

Glitter is in the air, everywhere we look around. Well, it is when it’s Mardi Gras float building day. This year Northcott, People with Disability Australia and Creativity Inc. have joined forces to spread the message of disability rights and sexuality. Everyone has been busy decorating mannequins and signs with colourful glitter and paints for Read more...

Developing skills for a positive future

“When your child has a diagnosis and their brain develops differently, it’s totally out of bounds for you unless you have proper knowledge. Candice was the door for us into our kids’ life. Each and everything she does just adds a missing part to the puzzle in their development.” Muzammil and his wife are raising Read more...

Olivia’s short stays with Northcott build independence

“Going [to respite] gives me a break, gives mum a break and gives both my brothers a break. You have a lot of fun, meet new people and make nice friends,” says Olivia, a regular customer at our Tamworth short stay (respite) house. Olivia spends one weekend a month at our respite service in Oxley Read more...

One-on-one support sees Chloe thrive

Two hours a week of dedicated one-on-one support from Northcott throughout 2019 – combined with changes at school and access to therapy services – has made a world of difference for 15-year-old Chloe, and her family. “Chloe was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) in kindergarten so we were Read more...

Northcott CEO to step down

Northcott Chief Executive Officer Kerry Stubbs has announced that she will step down later this year. She will remain in her current role until a new CEO has started to ensure a smooth transition. In making the announcement, Ms Stubbs said: “As much as I love Northcott and the work we do, it is time Read more...

Creativity Inc and Northcott join forces: more opportunities for customers

Customers and staff from Creativity Incorporated (Creativity Inc) joined the Northcott family late last week. Northcott agreed to acquire Creativity Inc to ensure customers would continue to receive services and supports well into the future. Based in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, Creativity Inc has 130 staff members and 250 child and adult customers who access services Read more...

Building capacity…and a bathroom!

“I’m more than happy with Northcott. Hayley has been supporting me with everything – funding issues, rostering issues, anything I need or if I have any queries about anything.” When Jodie was approved for an NDIS plan in 2016, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) suggested she choose a Coordination of Supports service to assist Read more...

Jayden shines as Tamworth Festival Community Ambassador

Two years ago the most common place to find our Tamworth customer, Jayden, was in his bedroom. This year, thanks to confidence-building support from Northcott, the 17-year-old has been hitting the main streets of Tamworth as a Country Music Festival Community Ambassador, acting as a guide for visitors enjoying the festival. Jayden is a self-confessed Read more...

NDIS review: report released

An independent review – aimed to improve processes and remove barriers in the laws that make it difficult to effectively support people with disability – was released publicly on Monday 20 January 2020. Senior public servant David Tune conducted the review and has made 29 recommendations on how the program can be improved for participants, Read more...

Scholarship support makes university dream a reality

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...

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