Category: Community participation & respite

Volunteers help deliver happiness and fun at Gateways

Nerves were quickly replaced by elation after Harry Moulding’s first time volunteering with Gateways Support Services. The 26-year-old counselling student decided to volunteer his skills with Gateways because of his belief in equity for people...
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Young foodies building skills and friendship around the table

A poor experience at another recreation program left 13-year-old Seb reluctant to have another go. But with the Geelong teenager spending a lot of time socially isolated at home, his mother Kylie was keen to...
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Transition accommodation service celebrates successful first year, despite pandemic

A year ago the Fantella family was feeling a mix of nerves, excitement and tinge of sadness as their eldest daughter, Amber, prepared to leave home for the first time. Twelve months on her parents,...
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Trust and companionship at heart of seniors program

Long games of Scrabble and a shared appreciation of Western movies are the much-anticipated fixtures of Howard and David’s weekly time together. When they stop talking, that is.  Howard’s wife, Dorothy, often returns home to...
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A club for school kids seeking like-minded friends

Rihanna is a people person. In fact, when asked what she would like others to know about her, the 10-year-old responds, ‘That I like meeting people.’   But making connections and keeping up with peers at her...
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Support means James can join friends on camp for the first time

James loves his mum. But having her come to overnight camps in case he had a night-time seizure took some of the fun from this special time with friends. Now, with the right support and...
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A PLACE to call home – Gateways Support Services lays out its vision for inclusion

Our new home has a new name! Gateways Support Services staff and Board took time considering a name to best capture our vision for the sprawling North Geelong headquarters. It is a vision firmly focused...
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Seasoned Gateways Interchange Host Program Volunteer urges others to get involved

Seeking support for her own family led Nicky to open her heart and home to other families in need. That was eight years ago and now the Sunshine woman is urging others to consider volunteering...
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Self-care for parents of kids with a disability

Emergency protocols stress the need to take care of ourselves before attempting to help others. But this critically important piece of advice is often overlooked by parents of children with special needs. For all parents,...
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In-home senior visits keep loneliness at bay during pandemic times

As an older person, the social restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic hit Geelong resident Muriel particularly hard.  She was not allowed to visit husband Ted, who lives with dementia at a nearby care facility, unable to make her regular...
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