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Samantha’s exciting start with Mai-Wel

Samantha’s exciting start with Mai-Wel Meet Samantha, a participant at The Hub who says she loves coming to her supports and making friends. Having relocated from Sydney back in 2019, attending The Hub has helped Samantha get to know Mai-Wel and meet new friends which has all contributed to a smooth transition for Samantha. Samantha’s mum Jacqueline told us a bit more about how supports at The Hub helped her after moving up to the Hunter area from Sydney. “Samantha had been living in a group home in [...]

Words of Shakespeare Easter Edition: A Triumphant Return of Agricultural Fun!

Words of Shakespeare Easter Edition: A Triumphant Return of Agricultural Fun! On the 1st of April 2021, my friends Jacinta, Sam and I went to the Sydney Royal Easter Show at the Sydney Showgrounds in Olympic Park, Homebush Bay. The Easter Show has returned a year after it was unable to be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which had called off many regional agricultural shows in Australia and all the Royal shows in the Capital cities with it in 2020. I was very devastated last year when I [...]

By |2021-05-13T15:50:42+10:0021st April, 2021|Good News Stories, Life FUNdamentals|

Participants are learning ‘All About FOOD’ at The Hub!

Participants are learning ‘All About FOOD’ at The Hub! Participants at The Hub have been taking part in the ‘All About FOOD’ program. This program is designed to provide opportunities for people to learn the fundamentals of food preparation, cooking and other independent living skills. During this session of ‘All About FOOD’ the focus was on hygiene, safe knife practices and cutting skills. Gabi, Karen and Chris (Gabi and Karen pictured) practiced their kitchen and personal hygiene skills before sculpting ‘food’ from kinetic sand in order to practice [...]

By |2021-04-20T11:23:20+10:0020th April, 2021|Good News Stories, Life FUNdamentals|

Isaac and his mates head to Sydney independently

Isaac and his mates head to Sydney independently Isaac commenced with Mai-Wel in 2015 with a strong desire to build his confidence, meet new people and discover some new interests. To help Isaac meet these goals he began supports with The Hub. These supports included evening social activities, weekend supports and individual 1:1 supports which were tailored to his interest in music and extended outings to places outside of Isaac’s local area. Isaacs’s goals very quickly developed as he built strong, positive relationships with The Hub’s staff, who [...]

By |2021-03-29T15:14:15+11:0029th March, 2021|Good News Stories, Life FUNdamentals|

Douglas’ Week at Mai-Wel on Vincent, Cessnock!

Douglas' Week at Mai-Wel on Vincent Back in July of 2020, we got to introduce you all to Douglas, who was excited to return to supports with Mai-Wel’s Life FUNdamentals at Cessnock after three months social distancing due to COVID-19. In 2021, Douglas is continuing to take an active part in supports at Mai-Wel on Vincent, Cessnock’s new hub for all Mai-Wel services, ranging from lifestyle and leisure supports to employment services for people with disability and disadvantaged youth. Last week, Douglas got to take part in the [...]

Participants create cards and connections at The Hub!

Participants create cards and connections at The Hub! Participants of Life FUNdamentals at The Hub Maitland have embraced a new activity, Cards and Connection, to create some beautiful individually designed handmade cards. The group created a stock of cards to use for future events and occasions, as well as some cards to send off to some special people in their lives. Cards and Connection was an activity delivered over four weeks in July. It was one of the first activities on offer at The Hub when the [...]

By |2021-01-15T18:58:26+11:0031st August, 2020|Life FUNdamentals|

Douglas is enjoying the opportunity to get back into the community!

Douglas is enjoying the opportunity to get back into the community! After three months isolating, which included ceasing his attendance at Mai-Wel’s Life FUNdamentals Cessnock, Douglas has returned to face-to-face supports! He was very excited to get back out into the community and engage with locals, of course while social distancing. In Douglas' first community outing he was supported to visit his favourite local businesses and enjoyed lunch at the Hotel Cessnock. Participating in his community is very important to Douglas and he enjoyed reconnecting with other [...]

By |2021-01-15T19:00:41+11:0021st July, 2020|Life FUNdamentals|

Social skills that are out of this world!

In this strange, new and restricted world of COVID-19, Life FUNdamentals Cessnock participants have found a way to engage together in a world of their own creation! Taking to the screen and the page, participants have started a Dungeons and Dragons game, which they play together over Zoom. The participants have created characters that have defined personality traits and flaws, their own world view and backgrounds, which the players use to navigate a world designed by the group. In this world they spend time having fun, saving the day [...]

By |2020-05-29T16:15:57+10:0029th May, 2020|Life FUNdamentals|

Some positive changes and opportunities have come from these times

Although COVID-19 has thrown The Hub Maitland and Cessnock many challenges, it goes without saying that staff  and participants have pulled together and remained positive and energised during this time. Although services have adapted in line with the social standards, and most importantly to ensure the safety and health of staff and participants, it is far from doom and gloom at The Hub! Rather, there are some exciting new opportunities and constructive changes. To spread a little positivity and happiness, here is a list of the top positive changes, in [...]

By |2020-05-27T13:40:47+10:0027th May, 2020|COVID-19, Life FUNdamentals|

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