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SASI Newsletter - July 2016
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WHAT'S NEW AT SASI 

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO - KATH FERRY

The start of a new financial year on the 1st of July seems like so long ago now. We are almost at the end of the month!
 
Doesn’t time fly?
 
This month SASI hosted a very successful networking night for the Frankston Business Network. This saw over 100 local businesses attend our head office in Frankston. It was great for businesses to get together and also gain an understanding of the work the SASI team does in the local area.
 
We also welcomed Mathew Kerr to the newly formed General Manager Services role. Mathew will oversee all SASI services including accommodation, day, recreation and respite. Mathew comes to SASI with a wealth of experience in the human services sector. 
 
NDIS held a further ‘Essentials Briefing’ this month to keep the sector informed about its development. SASI is holding further information sessions for parents and carers in August. These sessions will continue until the rollout comes to the local area.
 
We are currently gearing up for our external accreditation audit in August. This occurs every three years. The process ensures our compliance with disability guidelines and regulations so we deliver a safe, professional and tailored service to clients.
 
I hope you are all keeping warm in this cool wintry weather
 
Happy reading,

Kath 

FEATURED EVENT

The SASI Art Competition is in its fourth year, growing and becoming quite competitive. We welcome all people with a disability to exhibit. See details at the end of this newsletter. 

FEATURED THIS MONTH


A word from CEO Kath Ferry

LATEST NEWS


Beachlynn Day Service News
Welcome to our new General Manager - Services

RECREATION GALLERY


Bowling
Dancing 
Scienceworks
Ski fields
Mornington
Picnic, Movies & Star Wars

OTHER NEWS


Bastille Day Wrap Up
Save the Date: SASI Art Competition

AUTISM NEWS

LATEST NEWS FROM SASI

BEACHLYNN 

Beachlynn were lucky to receive a generous donation from the All Souls Opportunity Shop this month. This happened in tandem with a brilliant fundraising effort by the Beachlynn staff and clients. Footy days, hot dog and pie days, as well as discos, were part of the fun. Money raised went towards the purchase of a new outdoor piece of equipment called a ‘spring pad.’ The pad helps clients improve their balance while having a good time. We’d like to thank the All Souls Opportunity Shop for their kind donation. Thanks also to all the clients and staff at Beachlynn who are enjoying the new equipment.
Jacob the new 'spring pad.'

WELCOME

 
Welcome to our new GM for Services - Mathew Kerr who commenced at SASI on the 18th of July. Mathew comes to us with a solid background in disability management. He has worked at ACSO, Yooralla, Wesley Mission and DHS.  Mathew will oversee the accommodation, day, recreation and respite services at SASI. 

We asked Mathew a few cheeky questions about his life. These were his answers: 

 

Q: Born and bred where?
Melbourne and proud of it.
Q: AFL team? 
Essendon
Q: Favourite food? 
Afghan Chicken (the cafes in Dandenong), followed closely by Dumplings.
I also love Mexican and I don’t mind a good pizza or hamburger.
Q: Favourite drink? 
Ice Coffee or Big M. Love a good milkshake - caramel! 
Q: Favourite film?
Casablanca.
Q: Reading, Movie, Dinner or Footy at the MCG – what’s your choice?
Footy at the ‘G’ but love a good book in front of an open fire.
Q: Name 3 people you would like to have at your dinner party?
Edmund Barton, Nelson Mandela and Bruce Springsteen 
Q: Preferred holiday destination
Love Hawaii (America meets the Pacific Islands) but feels like Southern Europe
Q: Something we don’t know about you?
I love country music and am proud of it

SASI TRAINING

SASI delivers customised fee-for-service autism training courses for business, professionals and the community. The Australian Association of Social Workers, the Australian Community Workers Association and the Australian Counselling Association endorse our training.  
 
Members of these organisations can claim professional development points for attending. There’s a mixed bag of training happening in the next few months in various locations. Professionals in the legal sector, childcare services and social workers will be joining us. Many other groups and individuals are also coming along.  
 
To book a session or find out more:
 
Contact training@sasi.org.au or call us 9773 6044
 
Don’t miss out on a fun, practical and worthwhile learning experience at SASI!
 
Andrew Broom

RECREATION NEWS

SASI clients recently enjoyed many fun and exciting activities as part our recreation program over the June / July school holidays. Adventures included Disney on Ice, Scienceworks, Imax and Museum, trampolining, pottery, ten pin bowling, cinema visits, dancing at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance and a trip to the snow at Lake Mountain.
 
Here are some great pics that showcase all the fun that’s been had!
BOWLING FUN
LEFT: Michael Bowling RIGHT: Christopher at Scienceworks
DANCING
Group shot at dancing
Christopher at dancing
SCIENCEWORKS
Christopher at Scienceworks
SKI FIELDS
LEFT: Eliyah at the snow RIGHT: Jason at the snow
Kelly at the snow
Top - LEFT: Simon TOP RIGHT: Luke.
Bottom - LEFT: Lake Mountain RIGHT: Jason
MORNNGTON
Angelos and Richard enjoying the winter sunshine in Mornington
PICNIC, MOVIES & STAR WARS
TOP: Winter picnic. LEFT: Michael at the movies. RIGHT: Star Wars fun. 
MOVIES
Greg went to the movies and then to McDonalds
MORE FUN
Top: Tim feeding the birds. 
Bottom:  LEFT: Brook and Luke at Melbourne Museum RIGHT: Ben achieving his goal of making a sandwich.

BASTILLE DAY WRAP UP

Bastille Night fundraising event -14th July 2016

SASI held a wonderful Bastille night dinner at the Frankston International on July 14th. SASI Ambassador Lucy Nicolson who is an opera singer suggested this event. Lucy has many links to the arts and wanted to achieve the goal of raising funds to assist SASI clients go away on a camp.

Lucy started off the evening with some popular arias. There were other performances throughout the night including some Edith Piaff, which was wonderful. Then the ‘Can Can’ girls put on a highly energetic display of dance to the enthralled audience. In the background our artist Joe Zapp painted an original canvas of Van Gough holding his ’starry night’ painting. This was auctioned later in the evening.

SASI was supported by a large number of local businesses who generously donated items for the silent auction. All agreed that the evening was wonderful and everyone had a lovely time. The clients from Beachlynn are set to enjoy the spoils of the funds raised on a camp in late October.

We hope they all enjoy the experience.

To watch video footage of Bastille Day click here

SAVE THE DATE
SASI ART COMPETITION

The SASI Art Competition is in its fourth year, growing and becoming quite competitive. We welcome all people with a disability to exhibit. This exciting event provides a platform for collaborative and inclusive energy for all entrants.

Entries Open
Monday 17th October – Friday 28th October
Exhibition Venue & Date
Cube 37, Davey Street, Frankston
19th November – 24th November
Presentation Event
Thursday 24th November 6pm – 8pm
Details
For adults with a disability
2 dimensional artworks only
Up to 3 pieces per entrant
$10 per piece 
Contact SASI

Level 1, 54-58 Wells Street
(P.O. Box 11271)
Frankston Vic 3199

T: (03) 9773 6044
E: enquiries@sasi.org.au

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