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Emily Bielefeld – Support Coordinator

Emily is passionate about families and community. She believes that everybody has the right to make their own choices about what they want their life to look like.

Emily loves helping people navigate these complicated systems and finding the right support to help them reach their goals.

She has a history in allied health and working in  charities, and is currently studying Community Services.

Emily loves being a mum to 3 kids and 2 puppies.

Get in touch with Emily– coordinator2@createasenseofplace.com.au

Ph: 0413 067 912

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What’s in a Name?

A Sense of Place has many definitions. We define it as a unique collection of a person’s abilities and characteristics that together help them feel a sense of place within themselves and their world.

It is feeling a sense of having a place to belong; emotionally, spiritually and physically. This connection to place is vital to our sense of identity and our feeling a sense of purpose.

This name resonates deeply with us. How does one feel a sense of place when their life decisions are out of their hands? We want to work with people to help them take control of their lives. We want to show people the choices they have and what is possible.We believe in strong community connections and we are committed to outcomes and delivering on our word.

With the country transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the opportunity for innovating service provision is alive.

We have taken this opportunity to start something new, something to make a difference in the lives of people living with a disability.

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

We will push the boundaries and set the benchmark, to challenge ourselves and the sector to empower people living with a disability to live the life they choose.

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Carrie Gibbs – Support Coordinator

Previously Carrie has worked with people who have a disability within a  Disability Employment Support Service and Workers Compensation.

It was within these roles that she realised that she really enjoy helping people achieve their goals and overcome their barriers.

Carrie is currently completing a Degree in Social Work and loves working as a Support Coordinator to assist people with their individual goals and aspirations. She believes having the right supports in place makes a big difference in a persons life.

Get in touch with Carrie – carrie@createasenseofplace.com.au

Ph: 0402 251 925

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5 Strengths of a Great Support Coordinator

Are you looking for a Support Coordinator but unsure of what to expect? At Create A Sense of Place, we asked the people we support, what makes a good Support Coordinator and here’s our 5 tips!

  • They have a wide network of people around them that have diverse skills and specialist knowledge – They understand and accept that they don’t have to know everything, collaboration is the key!
  • They work WITH you, not without you.
  • They think outside the box to support you to get the best out of your plan.
  • They work with you to prepare for your plan review, this can be such a stressful and anxiety provoking time! Having a good coordinator can really alleviate some of the worry and take the pressure off you.
  • They understand the NDIS/NDIA and their processes (as much as one can :-P) and keep up to date with the ever changing system!

Get in touch with us if you would like to know more!

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Anne Alexander – Support Coordinator

Anne brings to the role over 25 years experience in the field of disability and community services.

Her early years were spent in direct client support in day programs, in home supports and respite.

With study and a passion for her chosen career, Anne worked in behaviour support and client service planning where she developed solid professional working relationships. Anne’s belief is that it is only through strong relationships and collaborative practice that we can achieve so much more than when working in isolation.

Anne is firmly committed to the principles of choice and control and supports participants to be at the centre of the planning process.

Anne is also a mum to Max and a cheeky pug called Marco.

Get in touch with Anne – coordinator1@createasenseofplace.com.au
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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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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.

 

990090

 

 

 

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Mary’s Helpful Gadgets

Listed here 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 Con 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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