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Welcome to 2017

Is anyone asking “where did January go”!  At Create a Sense of Place, we are very excited about the year ahead and the opportunity to engage with our wonderful participants and help them on their way to create their own sense of place.

Being our first NewsSense of the year we would like to briefly introduce our team:

Brigette Kirkpatrick:  Founder & CEO – Support Coordinator/Social Educator

Mitchell Jones:  Support Coordinator

Carrie Gibbs:  Support Coordinator

Cody Brisley:  Support Coordinator and Mentor

Jumbles the Bulldog: the member of the team who is lazy but guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face and the team mascot!!

In the Chinese Horoscope 2017 is the year of the Rooster.  Therefore to start the year off on the right footing, below is the positive capabilities of a Rooster:

“The Rooster can be forthright, brave, enthusiastic, loyal, hardworking, tenacious, resilient, adventurous, meticulous, prompt, astute, well-dressed, proficient, down-to-earth, gregarious, communicative, sensible, generous, charming, ebullient and terminally witty”.

Well all you Roosters, are you?

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Mary’s Physiotherapy – #1

These exercises are for shoulders, arms, back, legs, knees and feet – enjoy

EXERCISES RIGHT / LEFT 20 TIMES EACH

PUSH SHOULDERS BACK

SHOULDER SHRUG

ROTATE SHOULDER BOTH WAYS

EXTEND ARM STRAIGHT OUT TO SIDE

LIFT ARM ABOVE HEAD

LEGS RIGHT / LEFT 20 TIMES EACH

WHILE SITTING MOVE KNEES IN & OUT

EXTEND LEG & MOVE OUT TO RIGHT / LEFT

EXTEND LEG TO FRONT & LIFT UP & DOWN

EXTEND LEG PUSH LEG INTO CHEST & OUT

FEET RIGHT / LEFT 10 – 20 TIMES

ROTATE BOTH FEET & STRETCH FOOT TILL STRAIGHT & PUSH DOWN ON CALF.

MOVE BOTH FEET BACK & FORWARD

PUSH FEET ONTO PALM

ARMS MORNING RIGHT / LEFT 20 TIMES EACH [OR 20 TIMES]

BOTH ARMS ABOVE HEAD BIG BODY STRETCH WHILE LYING DOWN

BOTH ARMS ABOVE HEAD UP & DOWN

RIGHT / LEFT ARM UP / DOWN ABOVE HEAD   [WHILE HOLDING MONKEY BAR]

RIGHT / LEFT ARM CURLS                                                                “

RIGHT / LEFT ARM PUNCH AIR STRAIGHT UP

RIGHT / LEFT ARM AT ANGLE TO SIDE

 

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Welcome to Create A Sense of Place

Hello and welcome to CREATE A SENSE OF PLACE and our first newsletter.  Our aim is to continually evolve, enabling us to improve and broaden our scope to ensure people living with a disability, along with their families and carers, have access to the services for adult with disabilities they deserve and are entitled to.

Create A Sense Of Place provides excellent services for adults with disabilities under NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme).

CREATE A SENSE OF PLACE has been in the making for a number of years.  Brigette’s passion to work with people with disabilities was ignited 15 years ago. When travelling Europe, she was working in a bar/restaurant in London and saw a man sitting in the gutter – against all regulations she took a plate of food out to him, sat with him, they talked and they cried together.

On returning to Sydney her education and training began – at times tough but always rewarding.  Brigette has worked for community and not for profit organisations for a number of years, but always had the thought that she would like to have her own business which would be totally focused on improving peoples’ sense of self and wellbeing.

Contact us for disability assistance and disability grants.

You can also help people with disabilities by disability funding for them.

Keep smiling!!

Next newsletter —- how did the name CREATE A SENSE OF PLACE come about.

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Meet Mary

My Motto: One day at a time.  When you know better you do better.

I have MS (multiple sclerosis) secondary progressive.
I live on my own in a unit and I have care 7 hours a day 7 days a week.
(7.00am-9.30am pc.)    (12.30 pm 2.00pm lunch)    (6.00pm-9.00pm)

Thanks to NDIS.

I’ve progressed a fair bit this year. I’m classed as a quad now. I can’t move from the waist down &my left hand is in a brace to stop the fingers curling up. I can only use right hand a little bit.

I’ve had this illness for about 22 years. I’ve picked up quite a few tips /ideas for managing this illness & any illness (stroke or anything.) I’d like to share some of these tips/ ideas with you.

  1. Move, Move, Move, Move  – It’s my way of coping with what I have.
  2. The MOST IMPORTANT thing I can do for myself at this progressive time is exercise.
  3. I am lucky to be able to have my carers do my exercises 5 times a day 7 days a week.
  4. They work for me. (Check with your doctor before doing these things.) The exercises have been doing have been checked by a physiotherapist. I have altered them to suit me. I try to do them 5 times a day.
  5. I do 20 stretches on each limb.  1 lot in morning x 2 (i.e. 40) lunch & dinner.

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MARY’S HELPFUL GADGETS

Listed are items that help me maintain my lifestyle.  The must have items are indicated with ***.

Portable house phone with jack for headphone attachment

Headphones (to plug into portable phone)

Hydration bladder (2Lt) used by hikers/bikers available from camping shops ***

Stable table with a cup holder pk. 2

Aquium hand washing gel ***

Finger grip for turning pages – available at newsagent ***

Shower organizer, which has pockets to hang shampoo etc.

Insulated covered mug with large handle, therefore less spillage ***

Massage brush for shampooing hair

Reacher

Squishy foot & neck massagers

Facial wipes, Anti-bacterial wipes as well as Mr Sheen wipes & disposable gloves ***

Large pill containers to organise 1 week of tablets – one each for day and night

Sheepskin ugg boots with Velcro openings

Small timer

Caddy for all controls such as TV, DVD, and Air Cond etc.

Black bum bag that clips around waist ***

Osboforme chair back support

Sheepskin for chair seat & foot plate covers

Pump tooth paste

Electric or rechargeable battery operated toothbrush ***

Pump pack shower gel & shampoo 1.5lt ***

Purse with lots of easy access compartments for cards such as Medicare etc..

Bedside table on wheels ***

Freestanding triangle bed pole ***

Air ripple mattress overlay ***

Electric wheelchair [PAPD]

Electric hospital bed (PAPD) Check if ordered all together there may be only one payment of $100.00

Small ELF hoist (PAPD]

Gel seat for wheelchair (PAPD)

Sugar cube – less spillage

Large urn – easy to pour out water

Mobile phone to use for reminders when unable to write. ***

Spray bottle of Betadine – no need to touch wounds ***

“No Touch” Thermometer

Card shop in a box – saves having to go & buy cards all the time

Flushable wipes -for toileting ***

And a couple of tips for healthier living:

Exercise arms/legs with program given by physio’s – selected 10 to do EVERYDAY!

With the help of my Carer I do legs /arms with small hand weights. VERY PASSIVE EXERCISES

D-Gas peppermint tab at night to help with wind & bloating.

And most importantly – 3 litres of water EVERYDAY

 

 

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IT’S ALL IN THE NAME

As indicated in the previous newsletter – the big question!  “how did Brigette come up the great name CREATE A SENSE OF PLACE?”.  Well it was quite a family affair when she asked us to think about a perfect name for her business – different names were thrown into the hat and rejected.  Until Easter 2013 we were together as a family and Brigette’s brother opened a bottle of red wine…..now I know what you are thinking – WRONG!!  We had not consumed a drop but the name was right in front of us on the label “A SENSE OF PLACE”.

Perfect, the name says it all.  It embodies everything that Brigette wants her business to achieve and that is for everyone to “CREATE A SENSE OF PLACE” where opportunities are created which enables all to aim for their goals with dignity and friendship.

Wasn’t a bad drop of wine either.

Until next time, keep smiling.

By the way if you have any ideas for the newsletter or would like to submit your own newsletter – email it through to admin@createasenseofplace.com.au

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Founder

Brigette Kirkpatrick:
Founder & CEO: Support Coordinator/Social Educator
Contact: brigette@createasenseofplace.com.au     ph: 0410 782 755

Favourite Quote: “My brain and heart are my temples. My philosophy is kindness:”  –  Dalai lama

I fell into working with people with disabilities through volunteering in 2006 and I have never looked back. During my 10 years I have undertaken an array of different tasks including support work, mentoring and program coordination and development.  I have developed and implemented programs for kids and adults around building healthy relationships and have also been a person centred planning coordinator, an intake officer and a coordinator of supports.

Currently I am undertaking my postgraduate in Counselling, majoring in Grief and Loss. I understand how important it is to talk things through, and most importantly, just having someone to listen to you without judgement.

I have always focused on individual goal setting, planning and achievement for myself and for the people I work with and support. I am passionate about equality for all.

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Our Vision, Mission & Values

Our dream is for everybody to recognise their ability to create their own life. At Create A Sense of Place, we want everyone to live their life with purpose, to discover their own sense of place.

                                       Vision:     For people living with a disability to recognise and unleash their potential

                                       Mission:  Encouraging people with a disability to build on their sense of belonging

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Our Services

Create A Sense of Place provides the following capacity building supports under the NDIS for people of all ages, living with a disability:

Coordination of Supports:

We focus on providing independent coordination of supports for people who are a part of the NDIS.  Our aim is to link you with the most suitable services by getting to know you, finding out what is important to you and how you like to be supported.  We can explain the NDIS to you in your language, and ensure you get the service you deserve and are entitled to. We work with you to build your capacity to coordinate your own plan.

NDIS Category: Coordination of Supports Mentoring:
Our mentoring program is values based and it is as individual as you are. Tell us what you are looking for and we can develop a program that is uniquely yours. Unsure about what you might want? We can work with you to get some ideas.
NDIS Category: Increased Social and Community Participation & Assistance with Daily Life
 

We can also run group workshops in resilience and self esteem building, having healthy relationships, being a good friend and much more. Please call us on 0410 782 755 if you would like to know more! Read More