Disability Awareness Training

In line with Community Gateway’s strategy of diversification we are commencing a new service for Disability Employment Services, Disability Maintenance Services and Businesses who employ people with a disability.  Funding is available through DEEWR / Job access / Employee Assistance Fund;  to provide Disability Awareness Training (DAT) for businesses who employ a person with a disability for a minimum of 8hrs a week for 13 weeks.

Community Gateway will provide a qualified and experienced workplace trainer to design individualised training that meets the needs of the business and the worker with a disability. As the service is funded there is no cost to the employer or the worker with a disability.

The training will provide co-workers and  managers with an overview of disability, accessibility and creating an inclusive workplace while also providing more detailed information on the specific disability of the worker. The purpose of the training is to ensure the continued employment and independence of the worker with a disability through educating co-workers and business on strength based support and by looking at how any identified issues can be resolved by changes to work practices, workplace modifications or by improving communication methods.

The training can be delivered in the workplace at a time that suits the needs of the business or in our own training rooms if that is more suitable. We can deliver the training in all our current geographic locations.

For more information contact Rhonda on P: 02 4428 7304.


Younger Onset Dementia Gym Mens Group

One of our popular activities is our gym program whereby an individual fitness plan is developed for each participant who then enjoys a gym session with others living with early dementia. The aim is to promote health and well being for men who have a diagnosis of younger onset dementia and provides an opportunity to socialise. Physical exercise is an important part of staying healthy. The benefits of exercise include improvement in muscle coordination and balance, increasing blood flow to the brain, improved flexibility, improvement in overall physical function and mental wellbeing, building social networks, confidence & self esteem.

This group is facilitated by a trained disability fitness instructor and meets weekly on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30pm at The Disability Trust Gym, 39b Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow (behind Bendigo Bank). Additional gym sessions can be commenced if there is sufficient interest.

For more information contact Kate on P: 4226 3611.


Younger Onset Dementia Gym Couples Group

This provides and opportunity for both people with a diagnosis of younger onset dementia and their carers to participate in this activity. The group meets every second Thursday at the Fitness 4 All Gym at Fairy Meadow. The group meets the alternate Thursday for lunch or other planned activity.

For more information contact Kate on P: 4226 3611.


Younger Onset Dementia Community Access Group

This group enables people with a diagnosis of younger onset dementia to enjoy a range of social outings together around the Illawarra region, followed by lunch at one of our fine local cafes, restaurants, or bistros. Activities have included various short and accessible walks around the Illawarra from bike track walks along our beautiful coast line, to the Seacliff Bridge walk, as well as one of the easier Kilalea State Park walks. The group, now in their 6th program, have also enjoyed visits to some of our local iconic attractions such as the Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong Art Gallery, Mt Kembla Heritage Centre, Kiama Blowhole, Australian Motor Museum, Wollongong Botanic Gardens and Discovery Centre, Illawarra Museum, Science Centre and Planetarium, Futureworld Centre, and Shellharbour Village. Other activities have also seen the group attend the cinemas to watch the latest new movie release, or participate in a game of indoor or outdoor lawn bowls, mini putt putt, golf driving range, croquet and an all-round favourite ten pin bowling. This program is run on Tuesdays in 6 - 8 week blocks and is open to clients, non clients and carers if they wish to attend.

For more information contact Kate on P: 4226 3611.


Younger Onset Dementia Support Group for Clients and Carers

The Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) support group provides an opportunity for the participants to support each other through the journey of dementia.  The group meets bi monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 10.00am - 12pm at Meadow Cottage, 29 McGrath Street Fairy Meadow.  Guest speakers are regularly invited to attend and provide information.

For more information contact Kate or Jill on P: 4226 3611.

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