Christmas Public Holidays

Christmas New Year Break 2010/2011.
Christmas Day - Official day is Monday 27th December 2010.
Boxing Day - Official day is Tuesday 28th December 2010.
New Year’s Day - Official day is Monday 3rd January 2011.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every resident and staff member a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to say a big thank you for making 2010 a happy and successful year.

I would also like to pass on to Forsight’s Chairman Mike Bailey and all Board Members a sincere thank you for each significant voluntary contribution to the Forsight Community through their Corporate Governance of this organisation. – Trish Wetton, CEO.

Group Home Support - Open Close Dates

Group Home Support Centre Close/Open Dates.
The GHSC will close on Thursday 23rd December 2010 and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January 2011. Please ensure that leave time sheets and forms are submitted ASAP and normal time sheets submitted on time to your group home. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all staff.

Residents' Karaoke Christmas Party

To be held at Forsight - Grunsell House, 241 North Rocks Road, North Rocks. Thursday 16th December 2010.
As you would be aware the Residents’ Christmas Party is on again this year. The Rotary Clubs of West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook and Thornleigh, United Way Sydney and Beecroft Inner Wheel Club are all donating gifts for every resident from their Trees of Joy.

We will invite all donors to attend our party to see first-hand how their gifts bring cheer to our residents. Directors will be invited to join us.

Following the positive feedback on the Fancy Dress Disco we have decided to adopt the format with residents being seated in a large circle. This will make it easier for Santa to hand out gifts to residents and for the karaoke microphone to be handed around.

Starts at 4.00pm and finishes at 6.00pm. Admission will be free.
Contact Trish Wetton, 9872 9000 or email

CEO Report to Board

My Report covers the period 23rd September to 1st December 2010. On 27th October a very successful AGM was held at the Epping Club. The meeting was well attended with over 75 residents, staff, Board members, Foundation members and friends in attendance. I was contacted after the meeting by people who attended telling me they had enjoyed this event.

Making a difference at Pines Group Home

Corporate Volunteering.
Ross Liddle from United Way Australia coordinated a working bee at Forsight’s Pines Group Home in Marrickville involving a team of volunteers from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia on 1st December 2010.

The Commonwealth Bank volunteers spent the day painting residents’ rooms in this beautiful old Federation group home. Forsight Foundation staff members looked after the volunteers by providing lunch and refreshments though out the day.

We are scoping more jobs for Ross Liddle and this wonderful group of volunteers who are keen to come back and assist on a regular basis.

Fancy Dress Disco

Just a reminder.... On Thursday 2nd December we will be having a "Fancy Dress Disco".... put it in your diary. We are holding this event during “Don’t DIS My ABILITY Week 2010”. The Venue is Forsight North Rocks and the time is 4pm to 6pm. Our funding body, NSW Ageing, Disability & Home Care, will be promoting our event on their website as part of the State wide celebration and promotion of people’s abilities, at . There will be plenty of music, dancing and lots of fun and good food with a theme of Rock n’ Roll.

Welcome New Staff Member

A warm welcome to our newest staff member - Kathleen Hevesi has joined the Jacaranda team.

Fancy Dress Disco

To be held on Thursday 2nd December 2010. PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY. I will do a reminder closer to the announced date.
We are holding this event during “Don’t DIS My ABILITY Week 2010”. The Venue is Forsight North Rocks and the time is 4pm to 6pm.

Our funding body, NSW Ageing, Disability and Home Care, will be promoting our event on their website as part of the State wide celebration and promotion of people’s abilities, at

There will be plenty of music, dancing and lots of fun and good food with a theme of Rock n’ Roll.

Show Your Strength Rally

Thursday 28th October 2010 – Show Your Strength Rally 2010.
We have been invited by our peak disability body, National Disability Services (NDS) to join other community and disability organisations to show the strength of the disability sector and support the very successful Stronger Together initiative.

Stronger Together is the ADHC 10 Year Plan to expand and enhance disability services. Stage 2 is from 2010 to 2016 and is dependent upon funding being approved on Monday 18th October 2010. If funding is not approved by Government, organisations will not receive any additional funding.

Full details of the Rally will be faxed to each group home. If you would like to participate in this Rally please contact Miriana Gazivoda on 0419 427 485.

Forsight Rock n Roll Disco

To be held at Forsight - Grunsell House, 241 North Rocks Road, North Rocks.
A Fancy Dress Disco for Forsight's adults and members of the local Community to dance and party together focusing on the Six Senses.

Forsight's Dance Therapist, Kirsty Fromholtz will coordinate Disco Dancing with a Rock N Roll theme. Everyone will be able to: Use their Senses to participate in a Rock N Roll themed Disco Dance Party. Catch up with old friends and meet new friends. Dress up in exciting fancy dress costumes.

Enjoy Sensory music and dance with a focus on vibration, touch and feelings. Enjoy party food that will suit all tastes. Fancy dress costumes are being provided by Dural Party Hire free of charge. Party food is being donated.

Starts at 4.00pm and finishes at 6.00pm. Admission will be free.
Contact Trish Wetton, 9872 9000 or email


I wanted to give some feedback on your web page. I'm in the process of getting some resource pages together to provide for my middle school students.

We're getting a new student next semester who's blind and I want our whole class to be more knowledgeable on interacting with someone with this type of disability to make his transition here smooth. Your website has been a tremendous help - thank you, Tonya Perez.

Funding Approval for Jacaranda

We have exciting news about the approval of funding for our main bathroom upgrade at Jacaranda House.

We set up a meeting with the builder and Miriana at Jacaranda to discuss the commencement of this latest project including the installation of a walk in bath.

The bath company is bringing their mobile showroom to Forsight on Tuesday to demonstrate the walk in bath.  I can’t believe how fortunate Forsight is to be able create sustainable accommodation for our deafblind adults with ongoing donations from Genworth Financial, our Corporate partners, through the support of United Way Australia.
More updates to this story will follow...

Forsight Takes Delivery of a Donated Bus

The residents living at Amber group home are the proud owners of a new KIA Carnival Club purchased from our friends at Thompson KIA in North Parramatta. This vehicle was funded by generous donations received from, The Rotary Club of Carlingford, The Inner Wheel Club of Beecroft, Dr John and Helen York and Genworth Financial through their annual Golf Day proceeds.

Graham, Nerida, Libby and Kathy all love their KIA Carnival. It is very spacious and comfortable so they are very proud. Staff members, Pamela and Rebecca are also thrilled with the donated bus that has replaced their 11 year old bus.
View Images of our new donated bus.

Donors to attend a Rotary Meeting

All the above donors and recipients will be attending a Carlingford Rotary Club meeting to be held at Forsight Foundation on Tuesday 27th July where Forsight's Chairman Michael Bailey and the Treasurer Ross Davis will join Trish Wetton to tell everyone present about Forsight's Amber group home and the 7 other group homes operated by Forsight. A special thank you will be made to the generous donors by the residents.

Australasian Housing Institute

Recently, Trish Wetton received her Certificate of Membership of the Australasian Housing Institute.  The Institute promotes high standards and good practice for everyone working in social housing across Australia and New Zealand.
Trish is featured in the May 2010 edition of the AHI Publication: Housing People in a “Meet a New Member” segment. If you wish to read about Trish in the “Meet the New Member” segment, please follow this link...

Bathroom Reno for Illawarra Group Home

The Forsight Foundation is continually upgrading and modifying its 8 group homes to ensure all are fully wheelchair accessible.

This bathroom upgrade at Illawarra group home was fully funded by the Ageing, Disability and Home Care Department in 2009 to meet the changing needs of residents living at Illawrra.

Beecroft Inner Wheel Club

The Beecroft Inner Wheel Club members knitted warm woollen scarves for 32 residents to keep out the winter cold whilst giving each resident a tactile furry/fluffy scarf. Residents, Amanda, Andrew and Neil are pictured enjoying the experience. Everyone was able to choose using touch and smell and it was a wonderful sight to see everyone rugged up ready for Winter. There were giggles when the scarves tickled a few chins!

Our heartfelt thanks go to the Inner Wheel members from everyone at Forsight for the fine scarves that are going to be enjoyed by all for many winters to come.

More Renovations

MORE RENOVATIONS - at Waratah Group Home at Quakers Hill this time!!!

Major works have been undertaken at Waratah group home to modify the kitchen and expand the family room and also modify two bathroom to make them fully wheelchair accessible and patient hoist friendly at a cost of $125,000. Five young adults who are deafblind with additional disabilities have lived at Waratah since it was set up in 1989. In 2008 United Way Sydney offered Forsight the opportunity to upgrade a dark and inaccessible home into a bright open modern home.

Sensory items are installed to provide touch cues and to assist residents be more independent whilst enjoying the luxury of having modern facilities.

The photographs show the new kitchen which is mostly white. Light and bright surfaces give residents with sensory impairments more opportunities to use their residual sight to maintain or increase their independence. The floor is also white making walking around the room easier. At the end of the newly expanded family room a new window has been installed to allow the morning sun to flood into the entire kitchen family room area.

What a difference this Genworth Financial project makes to the lives of the five residents who live there -

What's Happening at Forsight?

Another United Way Sydney Project!
Donation by Genworth Financial.

Jacaranda group home in Glenmore Park we are building an addition to expand the kitchen family room to include a rumpus room. These photographs show the new roof line out from the rear of the existing building.
Genworth Financial is funding this Capital Works project in 2009/10 to modify Jacaranda group home to make it fully wheelchair accessible.
There are 2 Stages to this project:
Stage 1: Climate controlled multi-purpose room.
Stage 2: Expansion of living to include an outdoor patio out from the front living room, with wheelchair height tubs full of perfumed plants for the ultimate sensory experience.

A Big Thank You for Hilton

An Award for Hilton McKenna
Forsight takes the time to thank Community Volunteers.

Chairman Michael Bailey presents Director Hilton McKenna with an
Award of Excellence for his contribution to Forsight's Strategic Planning process during 2009-10, at the March 2010 Board meeting held at Forsight.

Hilton is Chairman of the Board Planning and Strategic Committee and his contribution to planning and developing Forsight's newest expansion initiative is much appreciated by the Forsight Community.

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DonorTec provides donated and discounted  technology products and services from companies such as Microsoft, Symantec, Sophos and Cisco to eligible income tax exempt (ITE) Australian nonprofit groups. Via this program nonprofits can access the latest technology via donations or generous discounts. Read More...

Deafblind Conference 2010

Trish Wetton, CEO of Forsight, will be speaking at the 8th National Deafblind Conference 2010.
Held on 28-30 April.
Trish will be speaking on the Twelve Important Lessons from an Australian Accommodation Support System for Deafblind Adults. If you wish to hear Trish speak she will be at the Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Her Session time will be on the afternoon of Friday April 30th during Session 2.

Lesson 12 - Final

The Final Lesson from the Development and Operation of an Australian Accommodation support system for Deafblind Adults. Read More...

Forsight Diabetes Management Training

Staff Training in Diabetes Management.
Direct Care Workers at Jacaranda Group Home learn how to take and interpret Blood Sugar Level for deafblind residents who have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Australia provides an intensive on the job training session to ensure all staff working with residents who are deafblind with additional disabilities can competently communicate the process to them to ensure that minimal stress is experienced during the twice daily procedure. Finger Spelling and Augmentative communication methods are used.
View Jacaranda Group Home Training images.

Lesson 11

Changing needs
Lesson 11 Program development must take into account the changing needs that arise from; improvements or deterioration of an individual’s condition; on-going developmental opportunities, different life stages; and choices made by the individual resident.

The changing needs of deafblind residents are monitored by the Forsight Foundation management and staff in collaboration with other services, families, Advocates and Guardians. A pro-active approach is used to ensure that early symptoms or deterioration of a resident are picked up. The ‘Preventive activities over the Life Cycle’ system provides a guide for screening for age related illnesses. Screening is firstly identified in the Individual Plan and then included in the DDHU Care Plan.

An accommodation retirement program operates at some group homes for residents who do not attend day programs or supported employment services full-time.

Link to Lessons 1-12 as they are being posted.

Residents Celebrate Easter at Forsight

Easter is a special time at Forsight.
Many of our residents spend the Easter break at Forsight so we make sure the spirit of Easter touches everyone. Residents and staff are grateful to receive donated eggs from our Corporate partners through United Way Sydney. This year Graham, Chris, Libby, Nerida and Matthew had first choice of a wonderful array of Easter eggs donated by United Way. We thank United Way for making Easter such an enjoyable event. View images from this years celebration.

Lesson 10

Comprehensive services
Lesson 10 Providing comprehensive supports on an individual resident basis requires a planned approach with emphasis on periods of transition between phases, for example, that which occurs on leaving school for adulthood.

All new admissions require an individual planning approach. The Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) Vacancy Management Committee oversees all placements. The comprehensive DADHC proposal for funding is based on Assessment outcomes and budgetary guidelines. Residents entering the Forsight Foundation from School would access the same process as the adults who transfer from another adult service such as an Aged Care Nursing Home, DADHC large residential or group home.

The location of family and friends of deafblind residents is taken into account to ensure relationships can be easily maintained. Day programs and supported employment services, including transport needs are identified.

Link to Lessons 1-12 as they are being posted.

Lesson 9

Specialist supports
Lesson 9 These are essential as part of the agency’s comprehensive service provision.

An experienced member of the Forsight Foundation management team attends all appointments at the Developmental Disability Health Unit (DDHU) at Royal Rehabilitation Hospital or attends appointments with any treating Specialist with each resident. This practice ensures continuity and accurate information is provided confidentially. A comprehensive Care Plan is developed by the DDHU and regularly reviewed. A team of specialists is involved in the implementation each Care Plan. In addition, Forsight Foundation Care Plans are developed for all hospital stays and Specialist treatments to record all information.

Clinics are conducted regularly by Westmead Dental Hospital, Dysphagia Clinic, Clinicall and Macquarie University Audiology Clinic for all residents at Forsight Foundation Group Home Support Centre at North Rocks. Clinicians are always pleased to examine residents who are relaxed in their familiar surroundings.

Staff are kept informed of all specialist support arrangements through the Trans-disciplinary team confidential approach using group home computers.

Link to Lessons 1-12 as they are being posted.

Fundraising for Forsight

To be held on Tuesday 16 February 2010, at the Forsight Foundation Centre, 241 North Rocks Road, North Rocks. Read More...

Lesson 8

Forsight Foundation staff training includes Certificate IV in Disability Studies and in house training. Competent staff can provide learning opportunities to residents across all programs. Read More...

Lesson 7

Forsight Foundation believes that all residents where possible go home to their families during Christmas and Easter breaks. Read More...