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Mamre News - August 2023

Celebrating 40 years of Mamre

Thank you to everyone who came along and joined us on Saturday 12 August to celebrate 40 years of service to the Mamre community at our 40th Fun Fair. It was a great day filled with laughter and fun, with many friendships formed. Highlights for the day included the face painting, balloon twisting, crafts, karaoke, a performance from Flipside Circus, Bluey meet & greets and seeing our community come together once more! Read more about the event here.

This day wouldn't have been possible without our generous partners, donors and sponsors who helped make the event such a success.

The celebration was a true high point for Mamre this year and we hope everyone who came along had an amazing time. Our team loved chatting, getting to know and celebrating with our community guests. It really showed the power of the Mamre community and we look forward to holding more wonderful events soon, including our much loved Community Christmas Party with Santa (and photos) on Saturday 18 November. Find out more about upcoming Mamre events here.

It’s never been easier to start your Allied Health journey 

New customers can now make an initial speech pathology or occupational therapy appointment with our therapists quickly and easily via our website. You can also give Chat, Connect & Collab a try by booking into a session! Our Chat, Connect & Collab social group is a fresh approach to communication therapy with peers, in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Members take part in activities such as arts and crafts, music, cooking and sports. Click here to book your initial Allied Health appointment or a Chat, Connect & Collab session. To find out more about Chat, Connect & Collab, email Allied Health or call 3622 1222.   

Become a Mamre member! 

Help us make a difference by joining or renewing your membership with Mamre. Benefits of being a member include access to member-only events and community connections, and you can also help shape Mamre’s future. Annual membership costs just $1 – download the flyer here to find out more 

Understanding Legal Documents – Family Session 

Mamre’s Power to You program is hosting a free 1hr online session on Thursday 31 August at 9:30am to help families understand legal documents. Meet guest speaker Sheetal from Shakti Legal Solutions who will answer questions about legal documents like special disability trusts, wills, enduring power of attorneys and more. Click here to register.

Expos galore!

Mamre staff posing for a group photo at their booth at Source Kids Disability Expo 2023.

It’s been a big month for making connections at expos. First up was Source Kids Disability Expo followed by Geebung Special School Expo and Fresh Futures Market Kingston. Thanks to everyone who dropped by and chatted with the team at any of these amazing expos! Next up is Fresh Futures Market at McGuires Hotel on Sunday 30 August from 9:30am-3:00pm. If you’re eager to explore post-school options for young people with disability, drop by and say hi to Tracie-Lee from Power to You! 

L-R: Ethan (Marketing and Communications Assistant), Savannah (Marketing and Communications Officer), Heather (Occupational Therapist) and Sally (Allied Health Manager) at the 2023 Source Kids Disability Expo.  

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) invitation 

The NDIA invites participants and their supporters to attend a free online information session about applying for access to the NDIS, recovery coaching and support coordination. For more info and to register, click here 

Connect Play Learn 

Looking for a new approach to strengthen your parent-child bond? Connect Play Learn can help you achieve your goal! Using a relationship-focused approach, Connect Play Learn enables families to light up children’s brains and support their learning and growing. Click here to learn more or to enrol.

Support Star Award 

I firmly believe our success at Mamre is a direct result of our team’s dedication. To acknowledge and celebrate our hard-working support workers, we’ve launched a new Support Star Award. Presenting the inaugural award at our 40th event, I shared how the three nominees exemplify Mamre’s values in their work: 

  • Sandra takes the lead in getting great outcomes for customers she works with. Since joining Mamre in 2015, she’s worked with one family and we receive regular and positive feedback from them about her hospitality. Sandra goes above and beyond by providing essential care with day-to-day coordination and planning with the family. Her consistent engagement and commitment to this family has ensured that our customer can remaining living in her family home with her mother.    
  • Jamie is the kind of support worker who can work effectively with any customer or family. He has consistently demonstrated that he is adaptable and accommodating of all ages, genders and support needs. With his wonderful ability to develop trust and rapport quickly, Jamie makes new customers feel at ease with supports and makes their transition to receiving formal supports less daunting. 
  • Kylie joined the Mamre team this year to be part of our Supported Independent Living house, Arcola House in Aspley. We’ve been humbled by her commitment to Mamre despite some challenges, and her integrity and patience. Since its opening, Kylie has shown great initiative to getting the house off to a good start and actively engaging our customers in discussions about their new home. 
Support Worker Sandy receives a certificate and gift for the Support Star Award from Mamre CEO Jillian Paull while Mamre Board President Jay Emmerton watches in the background.

Well done to the nominees and congratulations to Sandra, our first winner (who you can see in the photo as I present her award). Stay tuned to find out the nominees and winner of next quarter’s Support Star Award!

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