Stories - Northcott

Cricketers go into bat for Northcott

By Alex Varley, 20 November 2017 , Comments

Cricket legends past and present teamed up with Northcott at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the Northcott Cricket Gala Dinner on 9 November 2017. Alongside Master of Ceremonies, radio personality Matt de Groot, entertainment included Tony Dee who sang “Yes I Can” which was the theme of the 2016 Paralympics Campaign and featured in a… Read more...

Happy Mondays

When men at our Campbelltown Life Skills Group were hard to engage during the program’s regular activities on Mondays, Northcott’s Centre Based Coordinator Kerry Vivar decided to take matters into her own hands. With some ideas from participants, Kerry developed a speciality Men’s Group offering activities more suited to men’s interests. “We decided to start Read more...

Northcott’s ideas factory

Northcott Innovation (NI) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northcott. It is the design, innovation and creative hub for new thinking and insights. In this interview with Executive Director, Sam Frain, we explore the thinking and approach behind NI. Why did Northcott set up Northcott Innovation? Northcott saw an opportunity to do something different from other Read more...

Teeing up for a fun-filled summer

In Coffs Harbour, there’s a group of 23 friends who love getting out and about in the community, building their independence and simply having fun! The friends are part of Northcott’s Life Skills group which focuses on supporting young people with disability to do the things they enjoy most. The fun the group gets up Read more...

Moving on and following her passion

Chloe Jordan was ‘shy and didn’t like going out’ according to her Mum. That was in 2015 before she met Emma. Emma was the Northcott worker Chloe chose to support her to get her Learner’s permit, learn to cook and get fit!  Those were Chloe’s three NDIS goals as part of her building capacity through Read more...

Feel the Vibe recognised

Northcott’s ground-breaking Feel the Vibe is a finalist in this year’s National Disability Awards as part of the International Day of People with Disability (3 December). Feel the Vibe recognises that people with disability want information on sex, sexuality, health and wellbeing so that they can also have intimate relationships. The expos and forums include Read more...

Reducing head trauma for Karam

Imagine living in a country where your family isn’t safe and your two children with disability have limited access to medical support? That was the recent reality for Zeyad Mobarak Attallah and his family living in Iraq. Zeyad has two sons with disability. His youngest son, Karam, has epilepsy and is subject to 30 episodes Read more...

It’s all about connecting and conversation

Four expert tips on approaching alternate ways to communicate. People are diverse and the communication methods they use are equally different. Shirls Wong, who is an Advisor in Inclusive Practice for Northcott, says that many people can be frightened of engaging with somebody who uses different communication methods (Shirls uses a communication board and iPad Read more...

Technology helps reduce fitting trauma

Fitting orthoses (more commonly known as “splints and braces”) can be a difficult experience for anybody. For a child, who is not used to sitting still, following strict instructions and dealing with strangers who are measuring bits of their legs and feet, it is more alarming. Add to that multiple fittings and repeats whilst the Read more...

Meet Pav the fruit man!

Bananas, apples and oranges…you’ll find them all at Pav’s fruit shop. The 22 year-old has been putting his life skills into practise by making fruit runs to Northcott staff in North Parramatta. Pavle, who has intellectual disability and cerebral palsy, attends Northcott’s Life Skills Program. Always willing to put his hand up, he helps out Read more...

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