Stitches and Prints, one of Tulgeen’s most established and well known Disability Enterprises now has a showroom open to the public.  Located at 45 Eden Street, Bega and open from 9am to 4pm from Tuesday to Thursday each week, the friendly team at Stitches and Prints welcomes drop ins from the public.  All the favourite Stitches and Prints stock is available like the ‘I’ve been everywhere’ aprons as well as an ever evolving range of new stock.  New for this summer are our swimming and surf rashees.

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Christmas is fast approaching and Stitches and Prints has a wide range of stocking fillers for all ages.  There is the loved range of aprons and shopping bags but also a newer range of swimming rashees for both children and adults.

Don’t forget that when you purchase from any one of Tulgeen’s Disability Enterprises, you are keeping individuals with disability in meaningful employment.



steptember walk

Tulgeen invites our friends, supporters and the broader Bega community to join us for a walk around Bega tomorrow, 24 September 2015 in support of our Steptember Stepper teams’ efforts to raise awareness and funds for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Australia.


Friday, 24 September from  1300 to 1400 hrs.  Meet at INSYNC – 5-7 Spindler Street, Bega at 1250.  

Participants are requested to wear blue, purple or pink so the group is colour-coordinated.

As of 22 September,  1Tulgeen has raised $2,196 and the five teams have walked a combined 3,464,870 steps.


First iPad Course Completed


These amazing people have just completed the 8 week INSYNC program ‘Developing iPad skills to meet individual needs’. Everyone was impressed with learning new skills for using iPads and the certificates were awarded to each person during the week following their last session with Kristi.

Daniel knew some things about iPads and has now learnt that the iPad can be shown on a large screen. Daniel has taken photos on his iPad and made up a story about Aliens in Bega. This was put together in the story app ‘Pictello’.

David has learnt how to use an iPad for playing games like tic tac toe, jigsaw puzzles and finding objects. David can also use his iPad to do this independently at home.

Carolyn was a new iPad user and took to it very well. Her strong points were drawing, colouring in, tic tac toe with others and jigsaw puzzles. She also enjoyed viewing and sharing photos from her recent holiday to Queensland. Carolyn made a collage of these photos which will soon be printed and placed in her unit.

Sarah continued enjoying doing puzzles; however, she also enjoyed playing an app called ‘musical paint’. Sarah could finger paint and play tunes at the same time, then sign her name on the painted masterpiece. Very creative!

Colleen created a story book and included recent photos of her holiday to Mogo and Mogo zoo. Colleen’s voice was recorded explaining the photos. She also learnt how to do a jigsaw puzzle completely independently and can play games like tic tac toe with others. Coleen was also happy to listen to her favourite singer ‘Pink’ while she used her iPad.

Facilitator Kristi Sproates said “it was very rewarding to work with each individual and assist them to meet their individual needs when developing iPad skills and most of all I believe that everyone had a FUN time doing so.”

Tulgeen is praised for “best practice” in external audit

Tulgeen has again received a “best practice” commendation from external auditors bsi who work for the Department of Social Services to ensure that Tulgeen’s Australian Disability Enterprises conform to the National Disability Service Standards.  Tnis is a credit to all Tulgeen’s frontline and management staff who work tirelessly to ensure that Standards are exceeded.

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This audit marked the handing over of the torch from Organisation Development Coordinator Shane Ardern who moves to a Workforce Capability Manager role.  Ivan McKay who is Tulgeen’s Administration, Payroll and Facilities Manager will assume the Quality Assurance and Risk Management functions of this position. Ivan in a previous professional position was the Quality Assurance Manager at a large Not for Profit in the local area and is best placed to assume this function.


Shane Ardern (left) and Ivan McKay. Does Shane look like he’s gleeful this all now belongs to Ivan?


Shane and Ivan with BSI auditors Maria and Peter


Tulgeen welcomes new Client Services Support Coordinators today 14 September 2015

Starting at Tulgeen today in two new positions are Joanne McNamara and Brendan Taber.  The newly established Client Services Support Coordinator positions will be based with the Satellites and at Maple Court.  Under the 1Tulgeen model, Joanne and Brendan will work interchangeably and in support of each other, their colleagues and Tulgeen’s clients as Tulgeen moves forward into the NDIS arrangements.


Joanne McNamara has been part of the Client Services team for five and half years already and has recently won the promotion to Client Services Support Coordinator.  Jo will be responsible for leading and supporting the Satellites team in the first instance.



Tulgeen welcomes Brendan Taber who has relocated from Canberra.  Brendan comes with a depth of Disability experience as a DSW providing direct care services to clients with challenging behaviours, and most recently leading a team in the not for profit sector advocating and coordinating clients’ entry into the NDIS in Canberra.  Tuleen is eager to learn from Brendan’s recent experiences in working in a NDIS site.  Brendan will be initially positioned at Maple Court where he will work closely with the team, and clients there.


Come visit Riverside Nursery at the Bega Field Days – 12 and 13 Sept



Come visit the Tulgeen Riverside Nursery staff at the Bega Field Days this weekend at the Bega Showgrounds.  The weather is forecast to be gloriously Spring like at 23C and 25C for Saturday and Sunday respectively.

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There will be a selection of plants available for sale, along with craft and things handmade with love from Tulgeen’s Stitches and Prints.


Additionally, the Riverside Nursery at Taronga Crescent will also be open for our normal weekend trading – Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.  Pop in and say hello to the lovely Dan.

Looking forward to saying hello to all you gardeners and plant lovers out there.



It was a perfect Sydney evening in Chatswood and the stars were out, including Tulgeen’s stars from Studio INSYNC.  Jacinta, Cornelius, Christine and Craig were fabulous and gamourous and rubbed shoulders with other beautiful people on the red carpet.

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Suits, frocks and champagne and they had a ball.


No awards this year for our first attempt but they’re WINNERS regardless.   They’re back imminently.  The queue for autographs starts on Friday!!

Well done Studio INSYNC and that’s the whole team at front and back of house.

Tulgeen’s Studio INSYNC attends Red Carpet Awards Night Tonight

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Members of the cast and crew of Studio INSYNC’s highly entertaining ‘Off the Wall’ film and documentary will walk the red carpet tonight in Sydney to attend the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival Awards.

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Representing Tulgeen are director, Craig Beale, Off the Wall stars Jacinta Robinson and Cornelius Moon. and documentary maker Christine Boyle.

We wish them luck!!

If you missed the film and documentary, you can watch them:



On 3 September, Tulgeen honoured its origins and celebrated its present and future.

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A party was held in the Hilton Room of Tulgeen’s INSYNC day programmes area.  It was well attended by clients, their families, Tulgeen friends and supporters, community leaders and Tulgeen staff.


During the ceremony CEO, Pete Gorton launched the Tulgeen History Project in its first draft.  He invited the Tulgeen community to keep contributing to the project to assist Gae Rheinberger, the editor of the publication to keep refining it.

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The day was also used to honour Gae Rheinberger, long standing Board member and Tulgeen’s immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors.  Grattan Smith thanked Gae for her many years of service on the Board and praised her tenacity during these years which have in part allowed Tulgeen to arrive where it is today, ready for the NDIS. Gae was presented with a painting by local artist and former Tulgeen staffer, Rick Anderson.

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The celebrations continued well into the afternoon where good food and company was enjoyed.