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MSWA Bulletin Winter 2020

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ACCOMMODATION & OUTREACH HAMILTON HILL SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION NEWS Our wonderful residents have always been proud of their lovely homes, and the surrounds, at Hamilton Hill; as are the great staff. Now we have another reason to show off about our facility; a beautiful re-vamped kitchen in the original site. We now have a larger, more functional, modern and high quality kitchen where residents’ meals, and our famous catering for special events, can be even better – if that’s possible! Thanks to the generosity of a group of donors at last year’s MS Dinner Auction, and the interior design skills of Andrea Taylor, this makeover has been better than we could have imagined. As they are now open, we have the enviable opportunity to hit the shops to get the right accessories to add the finishing touches! JAYNE O’SULLIVAN MANAGER HAMILTON HILL Refurbished kitchen at the MSWA Hamilton Hill residential site. TREENDALE GARDENS NEWS Treendale Respite open again! Having been closed for respite for several weeks we are all glad to say “we’re open for respite again”, and we would love to take your booking! The COVID-19 precautions and the Government’s closing of intrastate borders with the creation of zones, resulted in us closing respite. Now many restrictions have been lifted we are pleased to say we are open for bookings for the respite house and the family unit. If you have never been to Treendale Gardens for respite, we are situated in lovely surrounds in Australind, close to a park and local shops, and 20 minutes out of Bunbury. Our friendly staff are experienced in providing support and care for people living with moderate and high care needs due to MS and other neurological conditions. The respite home has six bedrooms, three bathrooms, communal lounge and dining areas, and outside courtyards. The family unit is selfcontained with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, large communal areas and outside courtyards. The homes are fully accessible and we have care support staff onsite 24/7. For bookings and other enquiries please don’t hesitate to call our friendly staff – Linda, Paula or Jenny on 9725 9209 or email PAULA KENNEDY COORDINATOR SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION TREENDALE 28

WHAT ABOUT THE CAMPS? We have not forgotten the camps! We know what the camps mean to our Members, especially those who have had the opportunity to participate in them over the many years we have run them. Unfortunately, like many things, COVID-19 resulted in the planned camps being cancelled, but we can’t wait to get them started again when it’s safe and appropriate. They are a place to de-stress, laugh, and to enjoy the company of friends or to make new ones. A brief getaway can make a very positive difference, especially for the carers. Lotterywest has been very generous over the years, giving us a grant each year, and once again they have provided funding to support our camps program, supporting Members, carers and families. Camps will happen again but, as I write this, I cannot say exactly when. It may be possible for us to run single-day events that are fun and can bring people together. How long has it been since you had a day at the zoo, or watched a sunset while enjoying fish ‘n’ chips? If you would like to be informed of any single-day events, please contact Dawn Burke by emailing I would also like to say a huge thank you and belated farewell to Sumit, who left MSWA in January to take up other opportunities. Sumit was with MSWA for nearly 10 years. He facilitated the camps for many years and made sure that everyone was safe, well fed and had fun on the camps. The good news is that Dawn, his offsider at camps, is still here and ready to welcome you back again. Much of the time staff spend on camps is voluntary and the support carried out by staff and volunteers attending the camps is what makes it possible to run them. SANDRA WALLACE MANAGER WORK, HEALTH, SAFETY AND SUPPORT SERVICES Sumit Sandhu enjoying a carers’ camp on Rottnest Island, Feb 2016. WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE THE BULLETIN ONLINE? Register your email address today to start receiving our monthly Vitality e-newsletter or the Bulletin magazine online. Email or call 9365 4814 and let us know your current email address, or to update your contact details. 29