“HAPPY RESPITE TO BEGA!!” – CHAIR OF BEGA CHEESE LAUNCHES TULGEEN’S NEW RESPITE SERVICE

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Speaking to a packed room Barry Irvin AM, Chair of Bega Cheese said “I admire enormously people who do this work…and it’s with great pleasure that we open this beautiful facility…I’m delighted to be helping Tulgeen do this great work.”Annually Bega Cheese raises funds to donate to a not for profit.  In 2015, the recipient of this generosity was Tulgeen Group with $100,000 donated towards a range of service improvements and extensions.

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One of these improvements is the new Respite Service which was officially launched today by Barry Irvin AM, Chairperson of Bega Cheese.   The service was soft-launched in October 2015 and has already provided both home-based respite as well as respite in the new space in Spindler Street, Bega.

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In his introduction, Pete Gorton, Chief Executive Officer paid tribute to the entire INSYNC team for their work and dedication in providing these additional services.  In particular, he paid tribute to Karen Machan and Heather Cameron who were tasked to “pull it all together and make it work.”

Tulgeen clients, their families and staff were in attendance at the opening and the common area of the respite area was full.  Entertainment was provided by Tulgeen staffer Damon Davies and Wayne Ramus who sang “Happy Respite to Bega!”  Indeed, this is a very welcome service to the community.

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The Respite Service is available to anyone and runs on a 24/7 basis and on a short-term/casual basis or for a longer term.   It offers home-based support in your own home and two beds at our fully accessible INSYNC building in Spindler Street in Bega.  The accommodation at Tulgeen which is located on a quiet suburban street includes electric beds, a fully accessible bathroom for independent use or for supported personal care, climate control, televisions, a lounge room and a kitchen.  ”We realised that there was a gap in the availability of flexible respite in the Bega Valley and we hope this fills an unmet need in the community” explained Jen Russell, Client Services General Manager.

“We are very proud to have already welcomed several clients for short and longer term respite in both their homes and at Tulgeen,” said Karen Machan, INSYNC Coordinator.  ”One family had not been able to have a holiday in many, many years and our support allowed them to enjoy a much needed break from their carer responsibilities.”

“Tulgeen thanks Bega Cheese for their ongoing support.  We have been partners for many years through our social and disability enterprise Tulgeen Packaging Services, and their support in 2015 has allowed us to provide these additional supports within our local community” said Pete Gorton, Chief Executive Officer.

For more information about Tulgeen’s Respite Service, contact Karen Machan on karen.machan(at)tulgeen.com.au or 6499 0845.

‘Colour My World’ Art in the Garage Opening is A Success

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The much awaited Art in the Garage ‘Colour My World’ Exhibition was a festive event as the Tulgeen artists and staff welcomed guests eager to view the art.  Featuring the work all the artists working within the Art in the Garage program, the show was proudly presented and supported by the Bega Valley Regional Gallery.  In launching the exhibition, Iain Dawson from the Bega Valley Regional Gallery spoke of the importance of the relationship with Tulgeen and his joy in presenting the works of artists Annie, Jen, Catherine, Graeme, Cornelius, Phil, Joy, Graham, Miriam, Mitchell, Jennifer, Gavin, Craig, Ashley and Carolyn.

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Proud artist mentors, Leigh Gordon, Jenny Mackenzie and Andy Doyle were in attendance to see the fruits of their art mentoring and encouragement.

As the afternoon turned to early evening, the works on the wall and in folio were peppered with red dots.  Early birds get the worms!!

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The show continues until 2 March 2016 at Spiral Gallery, 47 Church Street, Bega.

CHAIR OF BEGA CHEESE BARRY IRVIN AM TO LAUNCH TULGEEN’S NEW RESPITE SERVICE ON 15 FEBRUARY 2016

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Annually Bega Cheese raises funds to donate to a not for profit.  In 2015, the recipient of this generosity was Tulgeen Group with $100,000 donated towards a range of service improvements and extensions.

One of these improvements is the new Respite Service which will be launched at 2pm on 15 February by Barry Irvin AM, Chairperson of Bega Cheese.  ”All our clients, their families and advocates, staff, volunteers and Friends and Supporters of Tulgeen are warmly invited to join us to celebrate this occassion” said Grattan Smith, Chairperson of Tulgeen Group.

The Respite Service is available to anyone and runs on a 24/7 basis and on a short-term/casual basis or for a longer term.   It offers home-based support in your own home and two beds at our fully accessible INSYNC building in Spindler Street in Bega.  The accommodation at Tulgeen which is located on a quiet suburban street includes electric beds, a fully accessible bathroom for independent use or for supported personal care, climate control, televisions, a lounge room and a kitchen.  ”We realised that there was a gap in the availability of flexible respite in the Bega Valley and we hope this fills an unmet need in the community” explained Jen Russell, Client Services General Manager.

“We are very proud to have already welcomed several clients for short and longer term respite in both their homes and at Tulgeen,” said Karen Machan, INSYNC Coordinator.  ”One family had not been able to have a holiday in many, many years and our support allowed them to enjoy a much needed break from their carer responsibilities.”

“Tulgeen thanks Bega Cheese for their ongoing support.  We have been partners for many years through our social and disability enterprise Tulgeen Packaging Services, and their support in 2015 has allowed us to provide these additional supports within our local community” said Pete Gorton, Chief Executive Officer.

For more information about Tulgeen’s Respite Service, contact Karen Machan on karen.machan(at)tulgeen.com.au or 6499 0845.

‘COLOUR MY WORLD’ – RECENT WORKS BY TULGEEN ART IN THE GARAGE ARTISTS OPENS 12 FEBRUARY 2016

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Colour My World runs from 12 February to 2 March 2016

‘Colour My World’ features recent works by Tulgeen’s Art in the Garage’s emerging artists including Jennifer Russell, Jennifer Wade, Emily Brown, Sarah Carr, Stephen Davies, Craig Haining, Graham Henkel, Ashley Irvine, Gavin Irvine, Taylor Kearney, John Kivits, Miriam Kydd, Cornelius Moon, Mitchell Proteous, Wayne Ramus, Annie Russell, Phil Skillin, Graeme Smith, Joy Umback, Catherine Williams and Jeffrey Young.  Curated by Jen Mackenzie and Leigh Gordon, Tulgeen mentors, the exhibition will be opened by Iain Dawson, Senior Curator Bega Valley Regional Gallery.12 February to 2 March 2016.   The pictured work is ‘Untitled’ by Jennifer Russell.

Art in the Garage has been Tulgeen’s flagship creative arts program since its establishment in 2001. It provides creative options for emerging artists with disability, with an extensive program of exhibitions, arts collaborations, presentations and public discussions, which help to build meaningful links to the wider community.

Art in the Garage began with the conversion of a domestic garage into a studio space for supported art making. Since those humble beginnings the project has been able to expand and evolve through the employment of practicing artists as mentors and educators. A core philosophy of nurturing individual creativity has produced a group of artists who make dynamic and original art works. The project has had 25 highly acclaimed exhibitions for both the project collectively and for individual artists. As true practicing artists, Art in the Garage artists are subject to commercially set commissions on art sales at exhibitions.   Works are priced to reflect this.

Art in the Garage has nurtured a number of artists with disability in achieving commercial success. They are eminently collectible and have experienced sell out exhibitions in recent years  These include but are not limited to Miriam Kydd, Graeme Smith, Jeffrey Young and Graham Henkel.  Join us at the opening to discover the ‘next big thing’ in our local art world.

Opening at 5pm  on 12 February 2016 at Spiral Gallery, 47 Church Street Bega.  ALL WELCOME.

If you are an artist with disability who wishes to become involved, please contact Karen Machan on 6499 0845.

Watch ‘Miriam’s Gift’ a clip about one of Art in the Garage’s practicing artists, Miriam Kydd to see how her life has been transformed by her arts practice –  https://vimeo.com/154682357

FREE NDIS INFORMATION SESSION IN COOMA – 4 FEBRUARY 2016

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THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME

  • What does it mean for you?
  • How will you be able to access the NDIS?
  • What will the NDIS fund?
  • How can you start to prepare?

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COOMA NDIS INFORMATION SESSIONS – FREE

Thursday February 4th, 2016.
Session 1: 10am – 12.30pm Session 2: 6pm – 8.30pm

Werri-nina Centre, 227 Sharp Street, Cooma.

“To make the NDIS work it is essential people are confident and well informed through all stages of the planning process.” Pieta Manning.

This session will be presented by Pieta Manning whose company Your Plan Your Way is currently working with ACT participants aged from 2 years to 61 years providing independent pre planning advice and coordination of support for NDIS plans. Pieta has extensive experience assisting people through all stages of their NDIS plans and is committed to providing accurate information about how the NDIS can work for people and to share the experience and learnings of Your Plan Your Way.

Feedback from the NDIS Information sessions at Fighting Chance in Frenchs Forest, Sydney

“I learned more about the NDIS in this session than in any other workshop I have attended”

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“The last session I went to was a full day of presenters and you answered more questions for us in just 2 1/2 hours.”

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IF THERE IS SUFFICIENT INTEREST, PIETA HAS OFFERED TO RUN A SESSION IN MERIMBULA.  PLEASE CONTACT TULGEEN ON events@tulgeen.com.au to register your interest.