Yearly Archive: 2020

Bright Sparks building social skills through small group play in term 3

Play is an important part of a child’s development; but it doesn’t come easily to everyone.   Tarneit mother of three, Liane, says her children, Kye, 9, and 6-year-old twins Lyla and Ayva, all struggle with high anxiety and social skills.   So when...

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Volunteers looking for flexibility and fulfilment, stop right here

It’s Volunteers Week! And what better time to check in with two of our western Melbourne volunteer crew to say thank you and to find out what inspired them to give their time to Gateways Support...

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Individual support for Christina’s cooking adventures

Gateway’s participant, Christina, has been loving her cooking adventures and hangouts with her support worker, Debra, whilst her family have also been benefiting from the services.  Christina’s sister, Laura, says the services have been fantastic for her sister...

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Setting the path to post-pandemic recovery

We’ve been in this together for some time now and while our ability to be physically with you is limited, our commitment to continuing our supports for you and your family have not wavered. As...

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We spoke to members of the Gateways family about observing Ramadan during COVID-19

Ramadan – the traditional month of fasting – has begun, with people of Muslim faith around the world having to adapt their traditional observance in accordance with current isolation restrictions.  During Ramadan, Muslims fast between dawn and dusk, to practise sacrifice, self-control and...

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Gateways recreation goes online to boost social connection in isolation

Western Melbourne adult participants usually meet up with each other in person to go on exciting recreation camps and day trips around Melbourne.    But since we’ve all needed to bunker down at home during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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Happy World Autism Awareness Month as we evolve our supports for you

As we enter World Autism Awareness Month, what an amazing time we now find ourselves in! I hope you are safe and have been able to successfully and comfortably design your stay at home strategies....

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Gateways Online Therapy ensures children and teens can keep working towards goals during lockdowns

Six-year-old Raymond usually has his occupational and speech therapy sessions at school. But while he is home with his family during the COVID-19 pandemic, he accessing these important supports online. His Dad, Lingan, says this...

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No Limits for this social group linking young adults with disability with peers

Milly is quite the social butterfly. So when the teen finished school last year, her parents worried about the social options available to her. While she had programs catering to her interests and skill development, Janet and Paul...

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Adult camps crew reap benefits with pre-isolation getaway

A trip to the Mornington Peninsula provided a timely social connection opportunity for the Western Melbourne adult recreation group last month. Nine participants together with support staff and volunteers spent their time exploring the local...

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