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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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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