Group Home CQI Communication Link

Regional Managers will send out a Person-Centred report to all families and Advocates at the end of this year, setting out the outcomes achieved by each resident and group home during 2015. Feedback will be invited from families and Advocates.

Thank You to our Volunteers

Thank you to Chairman Frank Deane and all Board members for their volunteer contribution to what we are most proud of, the high quality of our service. Thank you to Ross Liddle at United Way Sydney and Ellie Comerford and Lyn Stroud at Genworth for the Corporate Partner working bees and room makeovers held recently. A vast difference was made to Ivy group home and Waratah group home gardens.

Forsight Awards 2014

At the AGM on 5 November 2014, the following Awards were presented by Jean Grunsell who introduced this medal in 2011 to be awarded to recipients who have contributed in a significant way to bettering the lives of deafblind adults, living at Forsight. This medal is presented each year.


Forsight opens another Group Home

Forsight Australia will open another group home in November 2014 when three of the five residents move into their new home in Coniston. Read More...

UPDATE on Forsight Australia Expansion

Forsight Australia opened the first of five new group homes last week when the first three residents moved into their new home in Blacktown. Two more residents have moved in this week to bring the total residents to five in this wonderful new purpose built group home. Read More...

New Group Homes for Forsight

Forsight moves closer to opening four new ADHC/Forsight Sensory Group Homes for 20 adults who are Deafblind currently living in large ADHC residences.

Planning meetings are being held to ensure a seamless transition for all residents into their exciting new environments at Blacktown, Westmead and Miranda. Special attention is being paid to colour and texture and the benefits that flow to adults who are Deafblind as they touch different surfaces to find their way around their new home.

Distinctive aromas will let people know they are back in their familiar surroundings during the early stages of the transition. Forsight is documenting progress during this exciting time measure the success of the residents as they settle into their new environments.

Forsight Expansion

We are excitedly planning for our expansion – to open 4 new Forsight community group homes during 2013 to accommodate 20 deafblind adults in the Sydney metropolitan area. Genworth Sensory hands-on kitchens will be included in the new community group homes so these kitchens will resemble Forsight’s sensory kitchens Jacaranda, Waratah and Illawarra community group homes.

UPDATE - Forsight Sensory Garden Art Studio

This project is now underway.
The wheelchair bus accessible carport and cover wheelchair walkway has been completed and we are ready to commence the construction of the Art Studio and surrounding paved area. Read More...

Our latest Backyard Blitz...

At Pines Group Home on 14 June 2012, 20 Genworth volunteers team up with Ross Liddle from United Way and the management team from Forsight to produce a fantastic result. The day turned out to be fine and sunny despite being grey and rainy prior to and after this event. Read More...

UPDATE - Community funded Sensory Garden Art Studio

This innovative and important project will enable Forsight’s deafblind adults to use their hands to be creative. They will become potters and artists when they attend this new Studio to be created at our Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks. Read More...

Sensory Garden Studio

Donations are coming in for this exciting and worthwhile project that will see the first Sensory Art Program implemented at Forsight. Donors include Genworth, Inner Wheel Clubs of Beecroft and Parramatta, MasoniCare and District 32 Masonic Association, Timothy Letts, Dr & Mrs John York and Yolanda Seach. Our target is $30,000 and to date we have raised $23,350 towards this project. Read More...

New Capital Works Project - 2012

A Garden Studio is planned for the garden at Forsight’s Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks. Funding submissions have been submitted to various community groups and it is hoped to have this project completed before December 2012. The Studio will provide a venue for up to 5 adults who are deafblind with additional disabilities to enjoy their choice of craft or artistic activity in a beautiful setting. Activities to be offered include, oil and water painting, pottery, crafts such as scrap booking, papier mache puppets and other hands on sensory activities. Read More...

Group Home Backyard Blitz

In 2011 we are already busy planning more working bees with Ross Liddle, Corporate Volunteering Manager, United Way Australia and their Corporate Partners. Read More...

Pines Group Home Working Bee

December 2010 was a busy time for those of us at the Pines Group Home make over. I would like to say a big thank you to all those who helped make this a very successful day. Many thanks to United Way Australia and Nicholas Rainey and his team of volunteers from the Commonwealth Bank, Marrickville Branch.

Here are a few photographs, showing all the action on the day.

Group Home Support - Open Close Dates

Group Home Support Centre Close/Open Dates.
The GHSC will close on Thursday 23rd December 2010 and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January 2011. Please ensure that leave time sheets and forms are submitted ASAP and normal time sheets submitted on time to your group home. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all staff.

Making a difference at Pines Group Home

Corporate Volunteering.
Ross Liddle from United Way Australia coordinated a working bee at Forsight’s Pines Group Home in Marrickville involving a team of volunteers from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia on 1st December 2010.

The Commonwealth Bank volunteers spent the day painting residents’ rooms in this beautiful old Federation group home. Forsight Foundation staff members looked after the volunteers by providing lunch and refreshments though out the day.

We are scoping more jobs for Ross Liddle and this wonderful group of volunteers who are keen to come back and assist on a regular basis.

Residents' 2009 Christmas Party

The following photographs were taken at the Residents’ Christmas party on Friday 18th December 2009.  Over 50 residents, staff and special guests enjoyed fun and laughter in the Rotary Room at our Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks.

Santa arrived to the delight of everyone present and gave each resident gifts donated by the Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook, the Inner Wheel Club of Beecroft, the Lions’ Club of North Rocks and Genworth Financial, through United Way Sydney. 

Our sincere thanks go to staff members, donors and volunteers who supported this annual event again this year.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW our Christmas Party photographs for 2009.

Group Home Support#1

In 2008/09 a CQI Strategy has been to train all staff to an agreed level of competence. Staff Evaluations and feedback provided by staff at our Quarterly General Staff meetings, Strategic Planning Questionnaires and Surveys all provide valuable information about the training needs and expectations of our House Managers, Therapists and Direct Care Workers. Read More...

Group Home Support#2

Kirsty Fromholtz

Dance Movement Therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to assist in treatment of a range of emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioural problems. Like all creative therapies the emphasis is placed on the creative process, rather than the finished product. Dance-movement therapy works on the principle that mind and body are inextricably linked and that the health of one affects the other. Read More...