New Sensory Garden and Art Studio

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Forsight Australia has a new Art Studio and Sensory garden at our Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks. Our clients will be able to learn new skills while enjoying tactile activities.

This project was made possible by generous donations from Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution, Genworth Foundation, Inner Wheel Clubs of Beecroft and Parramatta, Rotary Club of Carlingford and Dr John and Mrs Helen York and Mrs Yolanda Seach.

The Sensory Garden is to be completed by volunteers from Genworth Corporate Services management team and staff who will all work together for a full day on a backyard blitz.

This innovative Community funded project is entirely for our clients to enjoy while learning new skills.

Sensory Art will become an integrated activity in each of our 13 Group Home Accommodation Programs in 2017. Forsight Australia already provides a range different sensory suppoand the addition of sensory art will add to the other tactile activities offered.

Sensory Art will include tactile activities, painting, pottery, models in paper Mache, herb gardening and much more.

• Imagine sitting in the sensory garden amidst tubs of aromatic herbs, lavender and gardenias or touching the water feature while a fine mist waters the fernery and washes the pebbles.

• Imagine using edible food items to create Artistry! There is no end to the choices we will be able to offer.

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Forsight Australia turns 40 in 2018

– Don’t miss our Celebration – Book Now!

We will be holding the biggest birthday celebration ever in 2018 when Forsight Australia turn 40 years of age. Forsight Australia began in 1978, when a group of parents joined Founders Tom and Jean Grunsell and Roy Dodd to form the first Board and open the first group homes for students who had graduated from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Boarding School in North Rocks.

Your donation will help us to build a simple beach house on a block of land we will purchase on the South Coast for our clients, their families, employees and volunteers to share. The ‘Beach House’ will link our 13 group homes, bring Coniston and Miranda closer to Forsight Australia’s other group homes in North West and South West Sydney.

Please go to our Home Page and use the Donate Now button if you would like to make your donation (all major credit cards are accepted through PayPal).

Board Corporate Governance Workshops

Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) will conduct two workshops at our Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks in June 2017. Board Members and members of the Executive Team will attend.

Genworth Coffee and Catch-up

I enjoyed morning tea with DeAnna Burton at Genworth on 9 May 2017, to discuss projects and the two Backyard blitz planned for 8 and 16 June 2017.

I gave DeAnna an update on the Genworth 2016 Solar Panels project. I am grateful to DeAnna for giving me time to tell the Forsight Australia story and our vision for 2018 and beyond.
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Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution - Changes Lives

Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) is a Provider of Aged Care Services and Disability Services in regional locations in New South Wales. RFBI has been a generous donor, making a difference to the lives of clients who have special needs but do not have families since 2010. RFBI has co-funded projects in partnership with Genworth and the Genworth Foundation. Projects completed are the Sensory Art Studio and Sensory Garden, Wheelchair, additional accessible Sensory kitchens and bathrooms, Therapy equipment for seven therapy rooms, carports for group home buses and covered walkways to protect our Deafblind on their way to their outdoor laundry in our Villawood group home.

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“There’s no Place Like Home”

“There’s no Place Like Home” exclaimed Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and repeated by Trish Wetton CEO on our newest video funded by Genworth.

Forsight Australia is fortunate to have Genworth and the Genworth Foundation supporting us to reach our marketing goals to turn our houses into safe and energy efficient homes where clients with dual sensory and other disabilities from all over Australia will want to live. Have a look at our newest video on our website www.forsightaustralia.org.au . The script was written by DeAnna Burton and filmed by John Hunter at five different locations all funded by Genworth. Forsight Australia group homes, sensory kitchens, gardens, sensory walks and much more are featured with Regional Manager Lena Blinko working with clients and members her team at Jacaranda and Illawarra.

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Forsight Australia Gives Back to the Community

Forsight Australia continues its Community involvement through its links with Rotary, Inner Wheel and Probus Clubs in North Rocks. We share our multi-purpose room constructed by RFBI, MasoniCare, Masonic Club, Rotary Club of Carlingford, the John T Reid Charitable Trusts, Inner Wheel Clubs of Beecroft and Parramatta and Rotary Clubs of Thornleigh and West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook.

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New Board Members join our Family

Three new Board members joined the Board at the 2016 AGM in 2016 namely; Chairman Frank Deane and the Board welcomed Kirsty Fromholtz, David Long and Don Wilson on to the Board.

Christmas gift giving 2016

Another Joint project for Genworth and Rotary.

When the Genworth Christmas gift giving began in 2010, our clients did not know what to do with their parcel, but when given a gift from Genworth last Christmas (1996), they knew exactly what to do with their parcel. There were lots of smiles all around as ribbons were undone paper was unwrapped to feel a special gift inside. Each employee chose to purchase a gift from a Wish list.

To compliment the generosity shown by Genworth, the Rotary Club of Thornleigh and West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook also donated gifts to reach a grand total of 65 gifts. What a wonderful achievement for Rotary members and Genworth management and employees.
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