About Windgap Foundation

“Windgap Foundation is a not for profit organisation, providing services to people with intellectual disabilities, including supported employment, supported accommodation, training, community access and community participation. Celebrating more than its 60th year of operation, Windgap has established an outstanding reputation as a quality disability service provider in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and prides itself on its values of ‘caring, integrity, independence, innovation and empowerment’. It is Windgap’s mission to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities by supporting them in reaching their full potential and raising community awareness as to their needs and aspirations.” Windgap Privacy Policy

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WINDGAP NEWS

 

Transition to Retirement has a new name!l.a.w

Introducing: Life After Work

What is L.A.W?

L.A.W is a unique and industry leading initiative that supports individuals living with disability to transition from Supported Employment into a quality retirement lifestyle. The program was created to address the increased risk of social isolation for older individuals living with a disability as they retire from the workforce. L.A.W provides support services focussed on community inclusion, skill development, Independent living skills, self care, growing connections and exploring new interests. L.A.W is available to individuals over the age of 55 who have been in long term employment at an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) and who have identified that they would like to begin the process of transitioning into retirement. The program is not government funded and places are offered on a fee for service basis.

 

Mr Espresso by Windgap

Mr Espresso by Windgap @ Matraville

Mr Espresso by Windgap

Windgap and Mr Espresso are proud partners for an exciting social enterprise that provides employment opportunities for eager members from Windgap who have been trained at theEastlakes DSK Hospitality and Learning Centre. Youth Employment Program’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 brings inclusion and meaningful employment opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities.

 

 

Grab Your FREE Coffee on Tuesdays!!!

Free coffee Tuesday

 

 

NAIDOC Day at Windgap

NAIDOC DayWindgap hosted Naidoc Day event to celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique and timeless connection to land. This year, the theme was: ‘we all stand on sacred ground: learn, respect and celebrate. Community celebration was held at Eastlakes head office which started with welcome to the country speech by highly respected and well known member of the Aboriginal Community: Charles (Chicka) Madden. The day continued on with servings of traditional food: dampers, kangaroo stew and sausages and entertainment from Aboriginal dancers and welcomed special guests Matt Thistlethwaite MP and Travis Russell in place of Bruce-Notley Smith MP. We would like to thank staff members who helped in organising and making this another memorable event.

Making Airwaves 6th Podcast on Eastside Radio

Making Airwaves 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. The latest team from the Making Airwaves project, had their 6th podcast on Eastside Radio 89.7FM. The ‘Breaking Voices’ team covers everything from facts about The Beatles recordings, an interview with Australian actor Gerry Sont, Batman impersonations from one of the presenters and insight into the views, opinions and personalities of our animated hosts. In this broadcast we hear from the talented Shai, Joe, Lynne, LC, Shadman, Sammy and Alex Butters. Also, three of our fabulous participants (Shai, Lynne & Joe) were interviewed by Eastside Radio host Mick Paddon, you can hear their interview by clicking the link below: http://eastsidefm.org/finding-out-about-making-airwaves/

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ABC News Coverage at Windgap Foundation: Disability Budget Announcement

6557370-3x2-940x627[1]The Hon. John Ajaka, NSW Minister for Ageing, Disability services made an announcement on disability budget at Windgap’s latest residential house in Bega Avenue, Little Bay. ABC News covered the announcement which also included interviews with one of Windgap’s resident Ralph Gelling, his niece Allison Freeman and Residential Services Manager Joanne D’Arcy. To view the coverage, click below and feel free to leave us a comment:

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Rabbitohs Stars Cooked for their Fans at Windgap

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Windgap would like to thank a host of current and future Souths Sydney Rabbitohs stars, including George Burgess, Alex Johnston, Dylan Walker, Chris Grevsmuhl and Windgap’s Ambassador Matt King who visited Windgap to meet fans, sign autographs, pose for photos and learn more about our services. Before putting on a BBQ lunch for the supported employees, the players have also helped them in the workshop.

 

 

Windgap Bega Avenue Opening

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Windgap’s Residential Services hosted an open day for the entirely new premise in Bega Avenue, Little Bay which is enabled by the $2million grant. In April 2015, the newly built residential home has been completed and the keys to the house were handed to Windgap. The house now accommodates five clients. The event saw the attendance of The Hon Minister John Ajaka, Bruce Notley-Smith MP, Ron Hoenig MP, Michael Daley MP, Mayor Ben Keneally, Mayor Ted Seng, Windgap’s Board of Directors, associates, ambassadors, staff and families.

 

 

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

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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. For an expression of interest to volunteer, please click here, email volunteer@windgap.org.au or call us on 02 8337 3646.

Garden Makeover from The Soroptimist Group

Transition to Retirement site was fortunate in having the Soroptimist Group over forthe soroptimist group, Transition to Retirement, volunteering at Windgap 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 Gala Ball 2015

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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Post Bastille Day Party

Windgap and the Soroptimist International would like to raise funds for Transition to Retirement Garden Project. Please RSVP to terry.maunsell@gmail.com french

Video Gallery

Introduction to Windgap Services

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Ken’s Windgap Journey

View the short video of Ken Clapp’s Windgap journey. YouTube Preview Image

Volunteer Video

For any expression of interest to volunteer with Windgap, please email volunteer@windgap.org.au or call us on 02 8337 3646 YouTube Preview Image

 

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