2014/15 Christmas / New Year closure dates

The Group Home Support Centre will close on:
Tuesday 23 December 2014 at 12.00 hrs.

Re-open on Monday 29 December and close on 31 December 2014.
Re-open Monday 5 January 2015 at 10.00 hrs.

Add these dates in your diary for convenience.

Residents' Christmas Party

This year the Christmas party will be on Friday 19 December 2014 at 4.00 - 4.30pm and will be held at the Forsight Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks.

The Theme is ABBA and there will be more time for dancing this year. Dinner will be ABBA inspired. Santa will be visiting us with gifts for everyone.

Genworth management and staff have kindly donated beautiful Christmas gifts for each resident and the Rotary Clubs of Thornleigh and West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook have also donated beautiful gifts. The Beecroft Inner Wheel Club has donated gifts and bags of sweets to be given to Forsight residents for their Christmas party this year. We are so fortunate to have these wonderful donors supporting our residents again this year.

2014 Forsight Australia Annual Review

To read our 2014 Annual Review go to the bottom of the "Home" page of our website and download PDF for the latest news about Forsight’s programs and our expansion project to set up five new purpose built group homes.

Forsight Awards 2014

At the AGM on 5 November 2014, the following Awards were presented by Jean Grunsell who introduced this medal in 2011 to be awarded to recipients who have contributed in a significant way to bettering the lives of deafblind adults, living at Forsight. This medal is presented each year.


Forsight Australia AGM

The AGM was held again this year at the Epping Club. Over 90 members and guests accepted an invitation from Frank Deane, Chairman of the Board and Directors to celebrate a year of successful growth, expanding the number of group home from eight to 13. Read More...

Forsight opens another Group Home

Forsight Australia will open another group home in November 2014 when three of the five residents move into their new home in Coniston. Read More...

UPDATE on Forsight Australia Expansion

Forsight Australia opened the first of five new group homes last week when the first three residents moved into their new home in Blacktown. Two more residents have moved in this week to bring the total residents to five in this wonderful new purpose built group home. Read More...

Forsight Australia bus logo…

These will be appearing on new Forsight Australia buses that transport Deafblind adults around the Sydney, Nepean and Wollongong areas. Read More...

Thank You to Donors, Sponsors and Delegates

9th National Deafblind Conference – Thank You to Donors, Sponsors and Delegates

On behalf of the Conference Committee members, Janne Bidenko, Rebecca Dunkley and Juanita McLeod, I would like to thank the donors and sponsors who made the Conference happen on 7 and 8 June 2014 at the Mercure Central Hotel in Sydney. A total of $35,000 was raised through Sponsors and Exhibitors who funded conference expenses, ensuring the best Outcomes were achieved for all participants.

Deafblind Awareness Week - 24 to 30 June 2014

Forsight Australia will celebrate Deafblind Awareness Week in 2014, with the following activities:

1. The launch of the Rubella Network around Australia. This network will link into the Rubella European Network that is centred at Sense UK and coordinated by Joff McGill.

Joff McGill addressed the final plenary session at the 9th National Deafblind Conference hosted by Forsight Australia at the Mercure Central Hotel in Sydney on 7 and 8 June 2014. Trish Wetton CEO of Forsight Australia joined the Rubella European Network at the 8th DbI European Deafblind Conference held in Lille France on 22 to 25 August 2012 and returned from this conference with plans to launch the Australian Rubella Network at the Australian conference. Read More...

Success! Success! Success!

Report on the successful 9th Australian National Deafblind Conference held ‘Down Under’ in Sydney Australia on 7 and 8 June 2014.

NSW Ageing, Disability and Home Care CE Jim Longley officially opened the 9th Australian National Deafblind Conference before 100 delegates and interpreters from around Australia and New Zealand in spectacular Sydney on 7th June 2014.

Forsight Australia Board Chairman Frank Deane thanked Jim Longley and welcomed all delegates, interpreters and volunteers to this exciting 2-day Deafblind Conference held on 7th and 8th June 2014 at the Mercure Central Hotel in Sydney Australia. Read More...

United Way - Genworth - Forsight Australia Volunteer Day

On Thursday 5 June 2014, a team of Volunteers from Genworth will team up with Ross Liddle from United Way Australia to make over the garden and do an indoor project at Forsight’s Pines Group Home at Marrickville.

From the moment the team of Volunteers walk through the front door in their distinctive polo shirts there is a frenzy of activity that takes place under the watchful eye of Ross Liddle who is a skilled United Way Sydney Team Leader and Volunteer Co-odinator of Corporate projects.

Forsight employees provide refreshments throughout the entire day, plus lunch for the hard working Volunteers. In addition, they volunteer alongside the Corporate volunteers to share the experience.

We are looking forward to welcoming the Genworth team once again to Forsight with assistance from United Way Australia.

9th National Deafblind Conference, Sydney Australia

Being held at Mercure Central Hotel, Sydney. ONLY 3 WEEKS TO GO… REGISTER NOW!

Go to www.aomevents.com/deafblind2014 for Program and Presenters. The theme of this Conference is “Access to my World” and is to be officially opened on Saturday 7 June by Jim Longley CEO of Family and Community Services, Ageing and Disability. Previous National Deafblind conferences held in Australia have provided an evidence base for proof of need that this is the only forum in Australia where t=people who are Deafblind can participate actively and fully with support from family, friends, interpreters and volunteers every three to 4 years.

Sub-themes for presentations on Advocacy and Self-Advocacy, Accommodation, Community Access and Employment Support Programs, Assessments, Person-Centred thinking, talking and planning, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Social Support, Assistive Technology, Universal Design and Social Media, Early Intervention, Education and Adult Learning have attracted highly qualified presenters to present workshops and papers.

New Group Homes for Forsight

Forsight moves closer to opening four new ADHC/Forsight Sensory Group Homes for 20 adults who are Deafblind currently living in large ADHC residences.

Planning meetings are being held to ensure a seamless transition for all residents into their exciting new environments at Blacktown, Westmead and Miranda. Special attention is being paid to colour and texture and the benefits that flow to adults who are Deafblind as they touch different surfaces to find their way around their new home.

Distinctive aromas will let people know they are back in their familiar surroundings during the early stages of the transition. Forsight is documenting progress during this exciting time measure the success of the residents as they settle into their new environments.

Key Benefits of The 9th National Deafblind Conference in Sydney

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June 2014 at the Mercure Central Hotel.
People who are Deafblind, their families, advocates and Professionals will be able to access a range of Communication methods to communicate with others presenting at this conference. Read More...