A young boy putting a Christmas hat on his grandfather's head.

In the first part of Dawn’s Story, Dawn was diagnosed with Dementia and has taken up residence in an aged care facility.  When Bill her husband visits, there has been talk of how Christmas will be celebrated. Joyce, her favourite tea lady and friend has offered the family some tips for celebrating a dementia-friendly Christmas and holiday period.

Community Engagement Conversations

Season’s Greetings from the Community Engagement Team. It has been a while since I last wrote something for the eNews. I went on annual leave, blinked and now find myself knee deep in December, with only 18 more sleeps till Santa comes… yay!

Image of rainbow watercolour silhouettes. Two people. One speaking.

The Australian Government is funding free and independent counselling, as well as advocacy, legal and financial supports for people engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

A photo collage of an ice-cream Christmas Pudding, on a plate with strawberries on the side. Christmas decorations are in the background.

Rather than spending hot summer days with the oven on for 4 hours while the Christmas Cake cooks, my family tradition is for an easy Ice-cream Pudding. It is as simple as letting the ice-cream soften, and mixing in the ingredients before re-freezing. No cooking is needed.

Professionals working with paper work and calculator

As of this week, people with disability accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can request plans for up to three years. This means that participants can opt to not have regular annual or biannual reviews of their NDIS plans.

An image of a young boy on a surfboard in the ocean with a volunteer.

With 16 branches covering NSW, QLD, WA, VIC, SA, and New Zealand, the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia (DSA) began in 1986. Run entirely by volunteers who love what they do, it is the only registered charity not for profit organisation in this sector.

A display of cut slices of rocky road made from white chocolate. It has marshmallows and cherries and nuts.

Christmas is a time for sharing traditions. This is a simple recipe for Rocky Road with a festive twist. Great for parties and to share with friends. Package it in glass jars with some ribbon as a gift. We promise you will be asked for more!

Out of control fire ravages trees

On Tuesday 12 November there were over 300 new fires across New South Wales, especially in the Mid and North Coast regions... As the temperature hit the high thirties in some parts of the state, the catastrophic fire danger warning was issued in the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney and Illawarra/Shoalhaven regions. 

An image of the Canadian Rocky Mountains viewed from inside a train with a glass roof.

Since July 2019 new regulations came into place in Canada. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) recognizes the right to equal access for persons with disabilities and have set up an accessibility complaints process. 

Image of popcorn and two movie tickets

The NSW Companion Card program is for people with significant and permanent disability who have a lifelong need for a high level of care to participate in community events and activities.