Moments That Matter - Autumn 21


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Moments That Matter | Autumn 2021

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CEO Welcome Commitment to Learning Affordable Housing in Casino Youth Week Using Technology Community Support Enjoy the Moment Noticeboard

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Tracey Mackie


and welcome, this is my first edition of Moments That Matter as Momentum Collective’s new CEO. I am very pleased to be part of such a wonderful team and look forward to keeping you updated on our progress into the future. I joined Momentum Collective as CEO in January this year and my first priority was to get out and about visiting our sites and meeting our teams and clients. I continue to meet extraordinary people who are dedicated to creating resilient and inclusive communities across the large geographical area we cover in the Northern Rivers region. Thank you to those that answered our recent planning survey. We have collated the results and will be sending out an overview and next steps this week. I am impressed by the values of the organisation and believe we are working from a solid foundation that enables us to expand and grow the programs and services we deliver in a respectful and responsive way in collaboration with our clients. Now to the business of this edition of the newsletter. I hope that you are enjoying Moments That Matter and the updates

we bring you about our work in local communities. I have been impressed by the way our teams and clients responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and how we continue to adapt and think of innovative ways to continue to provide services and support under challenging conditions. Thankfully it seems the worst of the pandemic is behind us, however we continue to be alert to outbreaks in the community and we are keeping our teams, clients and families and carers up to date on any new developments. In this edition we hear about David’s love of lifelong learning and how Momentum support worker Eilish is assisting him to meet his goals and enjoy his life. David’s story highlights the strength and determination of people living with disability and the dedication of Momentum team members like Eilish who go the extra mile to support people in the community. We are excited to let you know that our housing development application to build eight new units in Casino has been approved by Richmond Council. We hope to begin building this new affordable housing in the next month or two.

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Our Grounds Crew, a social enterprise providing professional mowing and gardening services throughout the Tweed and Byron shires is expanding. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in how the crew can help you in the garden. You can read more about the service in this edition - including a discount being offered to Moments That Matter readers in Autumn.

Youth Week is underway and our teams in Casino and Grafton are hosting and taking part in some fantastic events in their local communities. Keep reading for more information. Thank you for your interest in our work and enjoy this edition of the newsletter. If you haven’t already please sign up to receive future editions of Moments That Matter. 5

SPOTLIGHT Lifelong commitment to learning

Tweed local David Solomon has just completed his Certificate II in hospitality at Kingscliff TAFE. David, who lives with a disability, has a lifelong commitment to learning and has been studying at Kingscliff TAFE since 2018. “I enjoy studying. I have done a lot courses at TAFE. My friends from Empower (a disability support day program run by Momentum Collective in Tweed) Trinity and Deb also did the Certificate II in Hospitality.” David has a huge portfolio of certificates for courses he has completed including in hospitality, customers assistance, food preparation and hygiene, serving non- alcoholic drinks, digital media, information technology and volunteering. “I would really like to volunteer with the SES or a rural fire service,” David says. “It was terrible to see the bushfires in 2019 and I want to give back to the community and help out. I think I will look into doing my first aid certificate soon.” David’s support worker from Momentum Collective, Eilish Batkin has trained as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) and she will investigate a first aid course and enrol with David to support him with his goal. “David is really interested in the medical profession and he would like to volunteer so we have talked about doing a first aid certificate to help him meet that goal,” Eilish says. “My mum is a paramedic so we will also organise a visit to the ambulance

service where she works so that David can see first-hand how things work on the ground.” David is excited about enrolling in a first aid course and visiting an ambulance station. “I take my hat off to the paramedics – they do an amazing job,” he says. “I really hope that I can get involved in volunteering and be part of something good in the community.” When he’s not attending classes at TAFE David enjoys visiting cafes with Eilish and enjoying good food. “David really enjoys his food so we often find new cafes to try out. We also regularly go to the Currumbin Sanctuary. David’s face lights up when he visits the Sanctuary.”

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Pictured: Eilish and David holding his certificate presented by Tafe, NSW. 7

SPOTLIGHT New affordable housing for Casino

Artist impression of property

Momentum Collective has secured approval from Richmond Valley Council to build new affordable housing in the Casino community in 2021. The development will deliver eight new affordable housing units on land in Centre Street Casino, including one disability accessible property. These new homes will benefit low and moderate income earners in key industries who often struggle to access rental properties in the local community. The housing development will provide a welcome boost to affordable housing stock in Casino and create employment opportunities in the region. We know that many people working in key industries in Casino are finding it

increasingly difficult to access affordable housing in the private rental market. Momentum Collective is committed to working on solutions to increase housing stock that is accessible to people on low and medium incomes. We believe strongly that access to good quality, affordable housing is fundamental to people’s wellbeing. One of the new properties will be accessible for a person living with a disability. As a registered community housing and disability services provider, we are acutely aware of the need for more safe, secure and affordable housing for all members of our local community. This project is a commitment to the Casino community and also acknowledges the importance of meeting the housing needs of people with disabilities.

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Youth Week activities

spend money on expensive fast food; KFC and McDonalds are favourite staples.” The Faster Food program teaches quick and easy recipes based on fast food with a healthy twist. Delivered over six weeks, the program introduces participants to budgeting, menu planning, ingredient selection, food production and most of all, cooking healthy meals in minutes.

Young people in Casino are learning the arts of cooking and film-making thanks to programs being delivered by Momentum Collective in partnership with local company Twisted Tucker and filmmaker Vinnie McManus of Short Black Films. Momentum’s Community Support Manager Annika Olsson said the programs were designed to create opportunities for young people in Casino to explore healthy eating options while having some fun as well as gaining exposure to the art of film making and having a creative outlet that tells a story we can all relate to. “We know, both from observation and from anecdotal evidence, that many local families, particularly those that access Casino Neighbourhood Centre services, are facing financial and or food stress,” Annika says. “Paradoxically, many of the same families

Annika says the film-making workshop which also runs over six weeks, aims to unleash the creative monster in all participants. “Lauren’s Dilemma, a short film created by the young people under the guidance of Vinnie McManus of Short Black Films, tells the story of 14 year old Lauren and the life- changing decision she has to make. Will she follow her dreams or will she do as her Dad orders? To find out how the story unfolds, come along to our Youth Week screening event at the Civic Hall on Saturday 8th May.” 9

SPOTLIGHT Carelink - using technology to improve our services

Since 2018 Momentum Collective has been using Carelink technology to improve our service delivery for clients and make life easier for our teams. The Carelink Go Phone app has allowed our teams to access rosters and client information on their phones. With half of our workforce providing outreach services in the community, Carelink saves time and allows teams to view rosters and upload documentation on the go. The software allows our teams to record and update important information on the care and services they provide to our clients. It has been invaluable in the transition to the NDIS which requires our teams to document all of the support activity they engage in with NDIS participants. Karen, a support worker with our Empower! program says Carelink allows her to easily

organise her notes. “I can link multiple clients to a single group note using Carelink,” she says. “This is handy for big groups of people being supported in our program.” Zak works in disability outreach and relies on his mobile phone for accessing important documents and recording information. “The Carelink Go app means I can access the tools I need without having to spend time traveling to and from the office. This means I can spend more time with my clients.” Our amazing team including Wayne, Mon and Caroline (pictured below) continue to develop Carelink functions to meet the needs of our clients and teams. If you are a Momentum team member who would like more information or assistance please contact the Carelink Support Team on 1300 061 815 or

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SPOTLIGHT Ballina Refuge boosted by community support

Domestic and family violence continues to be a serious issue which impacts many families nationwide. A 2016 study found 17% of Australian women aged 18 and over (1.6 million women) had experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15. In Ballina alone, from January 2020 to December 2020 there were 127 cases of domestic and family violence formally reported to police. Our Ballina Women’s and Children’s Refuge provides safe accommodation and support to women and children escaping domestic and family violence. Between July 2020 and March 2021 our domestic and family violence service in Ballina supported 403 women and children. Momentum Community Support Manager

in Ballina, Michelle Teece, said there is an ongoing need for support and funding for the refuge. “Our women’s and children’s refuge in Ballina is grateful for the overwhelming and ongoing support of the local community. The refuge is providing a safe and supportive environment to women and children in the region escaping domestic and family violence,” Michelle said. “We are very grateful for the support we have received from the community so far and will continue to engage with local community groups and businesses to raise awareness of this issue and gain support for the women and children in Ballina who are rebuilding their lives with a lot of strength and determination.”

Help us make a difference to the lives of those in our community who need it most. Would you like to donate? Momentum Collective is a charitable organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient status. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

If would like to organise a fundraising event please get in touch with us at

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We are grateful for the ongoing support of our partners, providers, employees and volunteers. A special thank you for your recent donations and support:

• Ballina RSL Club • Dolly Fletcher • Escabags • The Fit Way Ballina

• LUVme • RawFast • Rotary Club of Ballina on Richmond • Share The Dignity • Social Futures • Unlimited Arts Patchwork Group

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ENJOY THE MOMENT Out & about, or at home. Your moments, your life.

Sunshine & Smiles in Grafton Some of our Grafton team enjoying a day outsite at the Bulgarr Ngaru Community Day.

International Women’s Day Celebrating the wonderful women we work with and support within our Momentum community. #ChooseToChallenge

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Lookin’ Good Empower! Empower! participants rocking their new purple t-shirts. Designed with the Empower! lightning bolt to represent power and positive energy.

Making Connections Gary, Bill and Marco enjoying a cuppa at Connections Centre in Tweed Heads. #MentalHealth

What’s Cooking!? #SupportedLiving resident James cooking up a storm in his kitchen with Kristie.

Bright and Sunny in Casino Fred, Deb and Ron visiting the sunflower patch in Casino. #NDIS 15


11:00am – 1:00pm , 27th May 2021 Chris Cunningham Park, Bay St, Tweed Heads Welcome to Country, Kids Caring for Country, free BBQ, information stalls, activities & more! We’ll see you there! Keep up to date by checking out our events calendar at and following our Facebook page. National Reconciliation Week 2021 Join together at our free community event in Tweed Heads to mark the beginning of National Reconciliation Week 2021. When: Where: What: Celebrating Local Heroes Come along to our free community event in Casino to mark Neighbourhood Centre Week, Beef Week and National Reconciliation Week 2021. When: Where: What: 10:00am – 1:00pm , 27th May 2021 138 Canterbury Street, Casino Welcome to Country, stories from local heroes, free BBQ, information stalls, activities & more! Upcoming Expo’s Disability Service Provider and Participant Connection Expo When: 10am - 4pm, April 30 & May 1 Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Glenelg St

Gold Coast Disability Expo When: 9am - 3pm, June 18-19 Where: Gold Coast Events Centre, Racecourse Dr

COVID Vaccine update To keep up to date with information about the vaccination rollout for clients and employees, please view our COVID-19 page on our website:

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MomentumCollective’s Grounds Crew is a professional lawn and gardenmaintenance service currently operating in the Tweed and Byron Shires. Our Grounds Crew members are employed under the Australian Disability Enterprise program– supportingpeople livingwithdisability togainpaidemployment, experience and skills and to make a contribution to their local communities. The Grounds Crew takes great pride in the work they do mowing lawns and maintaining gardens. Grounds Crew team member Jason says his work gives him a sense of confidence and helps him keep fit. “I really enjoy being part of the team. It gives you a good sense of values – you know you have helped out the community being part of the Grounds Crew team. We all get on really well and work hard to do a great job for our clients.” Grounds Crew is dedicated to high quality landscaping and will maintain your property with enthusiasm and care.


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