As 2017 draws to a close, and we reflect on the year that’s been, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of our many achievements over this time.
What a year it has been! With so many forward moving changes and additions to the organization, it is almost impossible to pick a starting point. But let’s give it a go ….
· Numbers have grown to 27 full time and part time team members. This includes the following additions:
· Training Officer (coordination of training upgrades and continued professional development)
· Floor Supervisor (Day to day coordination of Lifestyle learning and Leisure programs)
· NDIS Coordinator (implementation of participant Life Plans in readiness for NDIS Roll Out in 2019)
· PA to Executive Officer (multi media/PR coordination, event management)
· Café Supervisor (day to day running/supervision of Industry & Co)
· All staff qualifications at a minimum Cert III Disability
· This year saw the departure of three staff members to pursue personal interests, and the addition of four new team members as well as the completion of three Traineeships
· Numbers have grown to over 90 in attendance
· My Future Program
· We now have four My Future Programs running
· Two operating from our Scarborough premises and two from our Margate premises
· Lifestyle, Leisure and Learning Program
· To reflect the ever developing process of growth we have decided to change the name of our general Activities program to better represent R.O.P.E.’s target outcomes of Independence, socialization and communication.
· The programs encompass and encourage a sense of team work and social interaction for participants both in-house and within the community.
· To add to our already well established programs, this year saw the exciting addition of two ‘after hours’ programs for R.O.P.E. participants
· Snooker (group of young men being coached by a professional snooker coach at the Redcliffe Snooker Association.)
· Drama (group dynamics, team work, confidence building and communication—encouraged by professionally trained dramatic arts tutor)
· The addition of In Home Support - Due to a change in personal circumstances of a long term participant, R.O.P.E. recognized the need to provide a service that allows participants to remain living independently in their homes with on-going support. This includes the provision of 1:1 support in day to day living, as well as overnight support, allowing the participant choice and direction of their own life.
· Art Exhibition
· In an evening of an Urban Industrial setting, R.O.P.E. held our 2nd Art Exhibition on the 26th May, Presented were various mediums of art works created by R.O.P.E. participants under the creative guidance of Art Supervisor, Sarah Stephens. All works were on sale with 75% being sold on the night. The evening consisted of champagne and canapes with a backdrop of enchanting music that enhanced the viewing experience.
· R.O.P.E. Open Day
· With R.O.P.E. celebrating its’ 20th Anniversary, Management decided to take the opportunity to develop a new venture in the form of an Open Day , held on the 26th September. Under the guidance of newly appointed PA, Donna Kellahan, the Open Day was a roaring success filled with a myriad of stall holders, community groups, and local businesses. Feedback on this first time venture was overwhelmingly positive with all saying that they would like to attend again. After the success of this event it is apparent that this will be an annual event on the R.O.P.E. calendar.
· R.O.P.E. Camp
· This years camp embraced the theme of ‘it’s magic’ and was received with delight! Memorable inclusions of camp were: River Cruise, Swimming, Museum, Magic Show, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Balloon Awesomeness, and a local indigenous dance troop.
Social Enterprises/Work Experience
All About the Gurney
· This Social Enterprise offers R.O.P.E. participants a unique opportunity to launch their skills into a service in the local community. It will entail the cleaning of Wheelie Bins and general yard maintenance. My Future 1 and 2 participants continue to build and expand their maintenance skills through a weekly maintenance program, keeping both the Scarborough Head Office and Margate Training Rooms exteriors clean in a professional manner. The skills that our participants are developing include:
· Asset maintenance
· Using a industrial gurney and leaf blower
· Exterior building cleaning
· Wheelie bin maintenance
· Participants performed a variety of tasks in the production of merchandise for sale in the Salt Café.
· Soap and bath salts production
· Refurbishing of old furniture
· Upcycling of crates into furniture pieces
· Sanding and painting in general assembly tasks
Three Legged Dog Treats Production
· Participants have researched, sourced equipment and ingredients, and produced several different types of dog treats. This has been followed up with surveys asking for feedback on the treats. In turn, participants have adjusted recipes and adhered to advice from professionals to develop three high quality standard dog treat flavors.
· Peanut Butter Delight
· Luscious Liver
· Cheeky Cheese
· Participants involved in this work opportunity, each week, help collate, fold and distribute advertising mail in the Redcliffe,. Margate and Kippa-Ring areas.