To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Windgap hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast which was catered and served by the Transition to Work hospitality team. Windgap would like to thank all past and present volunteers, board members, ambassadors and students for their work, dedication and support. Windgap Foundation’s volunteer program has been a great success since its launch in 2013. In less than six months, seventy volunteers, professionals, students, stay-at-home mothers, artists, accountants, educators, website designers, animators, graphic designers, bakers, nurses and many more people interested in the organisation had been placed within Windgap’s services. A year after launching the program, the number of volunteers including students had reached one hundred.
Windgap Foundation with the support of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation has partnered with Eastside Radio 89.7FM, to develop the ‘Making Airwaves’ project, an opportunity for people with an intellectual disability to learn radio presentation and production skills, creating their own radio show.
On Tuesday 31st March 2015, the latest team from the Making Airwaves project, ‘Breaking Voices’ broadcast their program on Eastside Radio 89.7FM.
The ‘Breaking Voices’ team covers everything from paranormal activity to the Rabbitohs to information to support the visually impaired. You’ll hear brave telling’s of personal injustices and survival, favorite songs and encounters with celebrities.
Now in its 4th instalment, we are proud to present another episode of Making Airwaves!
We would like to thank our sponsors, staff and volunteers for supporting and sharing our vision!
Transition to Retirement site was fortunate in having the Soroptimist Group over for a garden makeover. Last year, the Soroptimists have been involved in supporting Windgap’s gardens in Residential Services and now, the ladies Terry and Marcia rolled up their sleeves with the retirees and clients. They had a fantastic morning planting and putting up the finished mosaic artwork in the garden.
Windgap and Mr Espresso is now proud partners for an exciting social enterprise that will provide employment opportunities for eager members from Windgap who have been trained at our Eastlakes DSK Hospitality and Learning Centre. Transition to Work’s Tim Lockwood, Laura Cameron and Wai Sing Siu have already started serving delicious coffee and treats at The Mr Espresso by Windgap Café at 522 Bunnerong Road, Matraville. The official launch was on 3 December, on The International Day for People with Disabilities with the attendance of Councillor Brendan Roberts, Minister for Disability Services Hon. John Ajaka, Ron Hoeing, MP., Councillor Murray Matson and Michael Daley MP. With the support of the community and sponsors, Mr Espresso by Windgap will bring inclusion and meaningful employment opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities.
On 9th May, Windgap held its Grand Ole Opry Gala Ball at The Australian Turf Club. The night was a great success with over 400 people attending. The evening included many highlights: Laura and Raya from Windgap’s Youth Employment Program (YEP) were brought on stage to talk about their experiences at Windgap, plus the evening included Jean Kittson (MC), Dolly Parton by Donella Waters, Johnny Cash & June Carter tributes by Cash Only band and Stump the Guru with Max Hitchins which was a hit. Also, there were many great raffle and silent auction item winners.
Thank you to all our partners, sponsors, people who attended, donated and volunteered their time which made this another spectacular Gala Ball!
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