Do you need help understanding the NDIS?

reimagine is a new free online resource designed to help people gain confidence navigating the NDIS and understand how it can support mental health recovery aspirations. The online tool is designed to be a one-stop-shop that not only provides information about the NDIS, but can be used as a side-by-side conversation and planning tool.

Designed to help people living with mental health conditions, families, carers and service providers work better together, reimagine:

  • outlines the steps and processes required to apply for NDIS funding
  • explains the language of the NDIS including psychosocial disability
  •  helps you prepare your access request through interactive activities
  • helps you identify goals and aspirations to support you in the planning process
  • provides hints and tips from people who have been there

Click here to go to the reimagine website.

Joy and Pauline haircuts

Check out Joy and Pauline who have had a mini-makeover! Both ladies got haircuts simultaneously and had a great time at Value Cutz and Colour in Merimbula.

Joy was encouraged to pay for her own haircut at the end which supported her independence.

Looking good ladies

Tulgeen’s 40th Birthday Celebration

We celebrated our 40th birthday with more than 100 clients, carers, board members past and present, and local council and business identities yesterday.

Mayor Kristy McBain helped mark the 40th birthday celebration at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre by describing Tulgeen as “a real strength of our shire” and even a reason people moved to the region.

Tulgeen CEO Jen Russell said “This occasion is very special and important to our clients, as many have been clients with us since the beginning.  I must also acknowledge how wonderfully supportive our local community is, we should be very proud of how inclusive the Bega community is.”

Jen Russell said “With an innovative and progressive team of staff and volunteers, we develop new initiatives to meet increasing demand, with energy, passion and committment. The implementation of the NDIS combined with our deep roots in the Bega Valley community are paving the way for a bright future for Tulgeen.”

Tulgeen presents to View Club Annual Zone Conference

It was great to present to the View Club’s Annual Zone Conference last week.

Club representatives from Narooma to Eden heard of activities Tulgeen can provide for people living with disability.

Susan Stephenson of Eden View Club and conference organiser with Karen Machan and Jen Russell from Tulgeen.

Tulgeen’s Busy Film and Theatre group

Check out our happy Film and Theatre group. They are busy preparing props for their next film production.

Pencil in the end of June to see ‘Fast and Furious’ Tulgeen style. We can’t wait!

Jacinta, Graham, Andy and Taylor


Ashley, Brad and Mitch

Special O Group

Tulgeen clients that are part of “The Special O Group” went to Canberra last weekend and played Ten Pin Bowling. There were smiles all round, as you can see in these photos


Special thanks to volunteers Kathy Porteous and Joe Stewart for making this happen.

Our community is greater for their efforts.

National Volunteer Week

It is National Volunteer Week. This week, we celebrate and give thanks to the generous contribution of our volunteers. Tulgeen volunteers are a core part of our organisation. For this, we are very grateful. Volunteers enrich and enable many peoples lives on a daily basis. Thank you.

Fun at a Art Workshop at Bithry Inlet

Artist, Julian Meagher lead a workshop for Tulgeen Clients this week. Thank you Bega Valley Regional Gallery for arranging this valuable workshop.

We certainly made the most of the opportunity and the sunshine in this pristine environment. 

Tulgeen helps welcome Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove to the Bega Valley

Earlier this month, we were delighted to attend the civic reception to welcome Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Lynne Cosgrove to Bega, hosted by Bega Valley Shire Council.

Pictured here; Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Lynne Cosgrove with Rose Hulst, Carrie-Ann Halpin, Joy Umback, Mary-Ann Krol, Kristina Walker and Wayne Ramus, of Tulgeen.

Successful nomination to the Bega Valley Shire Council Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee

Jen Russell CEO has successfully nominated her membership of the Bega Valley Shire Council Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee 2017-2021. The first meeting will be held on Monday 8 May 2017. Jen looks forwards to working with the broader community, Council and other committee members to advocate for people with disability to support positive outcomes for our shire residents and visitors.