August 2015
support workers doing the same
activity. A good example is cooking
where we have 3-4 people in and
around the kitchen with one support
worker providing guidance and
As we continue preparation for the
NDIS launch in Queensland and the
rollout across Australia we would like
to inform you of our latest offering.
TCCO are delivering Everyday
Learning Opportunities in several
areas and a little differently to how
we have traditionally delivered
In the new NDIS world this will be
where you will be looking at what
you actually get for the funding you
are spending. For example let’s say
you choose one-to-one support
priced at $40 per hour (not real
figures) and you wanted 4 hours
support per day for 3 days. This
would cost $160 per day or $480 for
the 3 days per week.
opportunities in a shared support
setting or what has been known as
“Group Support”. Under the NDIS
this type of support arrangement will
be available. In fact this type of
support arrangement has been
offered in Queensland for many,
many years. While for some it may
not be the correct “Fit” for many this
opens up many more opportunities
to explore and increased support
time; in some cases it certainly is
better value for the funding used. It
comes down to choice.
In a shared support arrangement you
might choose just one of those days
to be a shared support activity which
may cost $15 per hour for 4 hours or
$60 in total (which equates to
1.5hours at the $40 per hour rate).
This way you could then still have 3
days one-to-one support but for 3.5
hours instead of 4 hours each day. In
the end however the person is
receiving 4 days support instead of 3
days and has the opportunity to learn
and develop a new skill in a group of
like-minded people.
What we mean by shared support is
providing an activity or learning
opportunity where there might be 3
people sharing just one support
worker rather than 3 people and 3
You will see on the calendar for The
Hive that we have some shared
support activities available. We also
have some that we are still developing
which we will notify you of next
Hours =
Days = 4
Cost =
10am2pm =
Cost $15
per hour
or $60 in
10am-2pm =
Cost $40 per
hour or $160
in total
= 3.5hrs
Cost $40 per
hour or $140
in total
10am-2pm =
Cost $40 per
hour or $160
in total
10am1.30pm =
Cost $40 per
hour or $140
in total
10am-2pm =
Cost $40 per
hour or $160
in total
10am1.30pm =
Cost $40 per
hour or $140
in total
Example comparison between one-to-one support and shared support
Hours = 12
Days = 3
Cost =
summarises this more clearly.
While this may seem very different and
you may be uncertain about this
different type of support please
contact Kerry or Karin if you have any
questions about shared support. Also if
you would like to consider a shared
support option for an activity in The
Hive or The Shed then please contact
Karin or Kerry to discuss.
I can tell you from experience that
many people enjoy being able to
explore opportunities that come with
being able to share support in a group
For TCCO it is about offering learning
opportunities for people to learn and
develop skills they can use every day,
now and in the future.
Finally and on another note, I had the
pleasure of attending the 25th
(Community Lifestyles Association).
We have a long history with CLA and I
am very pleased that our relationship
with them has strengthened in recent
times. They are a very good
organisation and I congratulate them
on their first 25 years, may there be
many more too come!!!
Have a great month
Regards Evan
Market Day Cooking Activity
In This Issue:
Page 1 & 2
Boss’s Blurb
Page 3
Index and Misc
Page 4
Person of Interest
Page 5
From Karin’s Desk
Page 6
Activities in The Hive
Page 7
Activities in The Shed
Page 8 & 9
Daily Activities at TCCO
Page 10
Standard # 3
Page 11
Our support staff Karen and one of the
participants Caroline that worked in our
kitchen in our new Market Day Cooking
From Kerry’s Desk
Page 12
Potatoes, Eggs & Coffee
Page 13
August Birthdays &
Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
Gourmet Guru’s Recipe
Our Person of Interest
For the Month of August 2015
This Months Personal Profile:
Sarah-Anne Burton
How long have you been with TCCO?
Three and half years
Where were you born?
Maryborough QLD
Do you have a nickname?
Favourite Holiday Spot?
Sydney- taking the ferry across
the harbour is great!
Best movie you’ve ever seen?
Theory of Everything
Your favourite cartoon character?
Three people you would like to invite to
Guy Sebastian, Chris Klein, Zac Efrom
What do you enjoy doing on a rainy day?
Talking to friends on FB & emailing
What was your favorite food as a child and
what is it now?
Homemade pumpkin soup which I still love, but Potato and
Gravy KFC is my favourite.
From Karin’s Desk
The NDIS Act and the rules made under
the NDIS Act also tell us which supports
will not be funded by the NDIS. A support
will not be funded if it:
 is not related to the participant’s
 duplicates other supports already
funded by a different mechanism
through the NDIS
 relates to day-to-day living costs
that are not related to a
participant’s support needs, or
 is likely to cause harm to the
participant or pose a risk to others.
Hi all,
Remember last month I introduced the
term Reasonable and necessary
supports. Below is a list from the NDIS
website of the kind of supports that will
be funded and those which will not.
What types of supports are funded?
The types of supports that the NDIS may
fund for participants include:
 daily personal activities
 transport to enable participation in
community, social, economic and
daily life activities
 workplace help to allow a
participant to successfully get or
keep employment in the open or
supported labour market
 therapeutic supports including
behaviour support
 help with household tasks to allow
the participant to maintain their
home environment
 help to a participant by skilled
personnel in aids or equipment
assessment, set up and training
 home modification design and
 mobility equipment, and
 vehicle modifications.
When planning for the future under
the NDIS, start thinking about all the
items on the list that you may
already be using or have access to
but moreover those that you have
previously been denied or have not
had access to. Going into your
planning session with the NDIA as
prepared as possible will be the key
for you to get the best out of this
new system.
It has to be said though that your NDIS
plan is a life-long plan and therefore will
evolve and can be changed at any time
to meet the needs of participants.
So put your thinking caps on and start
listing the things that will make your life
the best that it can be now and in the
There are some kinds of supports that
will not be funded or provided by the
Until next time, Karin
Motivational Speach
We have a budding Picasso in
our midst
These are pictures of me whilst I was
delivering a motivational speech to my
My plan in life is to help people through
my story, understand themselves and
people with disabilities.
This is my second of many inspirational
speeches to come. If I can achieve so can
everyone! If you would like to see more
go to youtube (how my faith gave me
Thankyou Sez
Michael enjoying painting in the HIVE.
And here is a lively crew of our Hive
regulars enjoying a celebrationary lunch
for Donnas 46th Birthday at the RSL in
Maryborough. What a lovely way to
spend an outing with Friends.
Happy Birthday Donna.
More and More Activity in
Another one of the outstanding
The Shed
This draw was designed and created
again by Peter, The Shed coordinator
with the help of Max one of our support
Every day brings more interested
participants to The Shed.
We had our first visit from some of the
guys from Endeavour this week and they
had a great time creating.
It was manufactured to fit into Claus’
vehicle at a fraction of the cost of buying
it elsewhere, these guys are doing a
wonderful job.
And here are some hands on shots with
Brian and Barry and their support
Daily activities
Everyday sign Language
Everyday Movement &
Time: TBA
The Hive Birthday Cake
On the first Wednesday of
the month.
Everyday Computers &
Internet Basics
Time: 9.30-12.00
Time: 9.00-2.00
Everyday Numeracy &
Everyday Pallet Products
Time: 10.00-12.00
Time: 9.30-1.30
Time: 9.30-12.30
Everyday Sign Language
Everyday Sign Language
Time: 10.00-12.00
Everyday Pallet Products
Time: 9.30-1.30
Everyday Movement &
Time: 10.00-1.00
Time: TBA
Time: 9.30-12.30
Time: 9.00-2.00
Market Day Cooking
Everyday Computers &
Internet Basics
Time: 9.00-2.00
Time: 9.30-12.00
Everyday Pallet Products
Time: 9.30-1.30
Standard 3
Responding to Individual needs
The organisation provides appropriate services
that are identified/assessed, planned,
monitored, reviewed and delivered in
collaboration with the person using the service,
their representative and/or relevant
stakeholders. The organisation uses referral
pathways and partnerships to promote
integrated service provision
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you
where you want to go, no one else.
Les Brown
From Kerry’s Desk
Community Resource Unit website:
Getting ready for the NDIS
Queenslanders with Disability
Participant Readiness Activities
QDN (Queenslanders with Disability
Network Ltd) have recently held Plan
participants were guided through the
understanding the new Scheme. It
was pleasing to see many of TCCO’s
participants attend these workshops
and hearing about their goals and
dreams for their future. This has
been followed up with a Masterclass
which discussed starting plans to
take to the NDIA in the future.
Deaf Services Queensland:
Parent to Parent:
You can access the above websites to
find out more or don’t forget the
NDIS website or
the Department of Communities,
Child Safety and Disability services
There will be future Participant
Readiness activities like the above
workshops, meetings, forums, online
resources and home visits, coaching
and mentoring.
Alternatively TCCO will endeavour to
keep participants, families and carers
informed of any upcoming events.
Currently nine organisations are
funded by the Department of
Communities, Child Safety and
Disability Services to deliver
Participant Readiness activities.
Til next time
In some cases, organisations will
work with a specific group of people
living in certain areas of the state. In
the Central Coast region the
following organisations are affiliated.
Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its
rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
Potatoes, Eggs and
“Father, what does this mean?” she
Once upon a time a daughter
complained to her father that her life
was miserable and that she didn’t know
how she was going to make it. She was
tired of fighting and struggling all the
time. It seemed just as one problem was
solved, another one soon followed. Her
father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He
filled three pots with water and placed
each on a high fire.
He then explained that the potatoes, the
eggs and coffee beans had each faced
the same adversity-the boiling water.
However, each one reacted differently.
The potato went in strong, hard and
unrelenting, but in boiling water, it
became soft and weak. The egg was
fragile, with the thin outer shell
protecting its liquid interior until it was
put in the boiling water. Then the inside
of the egg became hard. However, the
ground coffee beans were unique. After
they were exposed to the boiling water,
they changed the water and created
something new.
Once the three pots began to boil, he
placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the
second pot and ground coffee beans in
the third pot. He then let them sit and
boil, without saying a word to his
daughter. The daughter, moaned and
impatiently waited, wondering what he
was doing. After twenty minutes he
turned off the burners. He took the
potatoes out of the pot and placed them
in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and
placed them in a bowl. He then ladled
the coffee out and placed it in a cup.
“Which one are you?” he asked his
daughter. “When adversity knocks on
your door, how do you respond? Are you
a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
Moral: In life, things happen around us,
things happen to us, but the only thing
that truly matters is how you choose to
react to it and what you make out of it.
Life is all about leaning, adopting and
converting all the struggles that we
experience into something positive.
Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter,
what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and
coffee,” she hastily replied.
“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the
potatoes.” She did and noted that they
were soft.
He then asked her to take an egg and
break it. After pulling off the shell, she
observed the hard-boiled egg.
August Birthdays
Kerry G 3rd, Natasha 5th, Lisa M 7th, Lillian C 8th,
Maddy P 21st, Courtney S 25th, Robbie T 27th, Donna R 29th.,
August Birthstones
Two birthstones are available for August birthdays: Peridot and Sardonyx.
Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing
propertiesto protect against nightmares and to bring
the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. As
peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth
and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii,
peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Today,
most of the peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China,
Myanmar, and Pakistan. This gemstone comes in several color variations
ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to
the bright lime greens and olive greens. Peridot, in smaller sizes, often is used
in beaded necklaces and bracelets.
Sardonyx is a form of onyx and is recognized by its layers of
reddish brown and white banding. It was popular with the
ancient Greeks and Romans who carried into battle talismans
of sardonyx engraved with images of heroes such as Mars or
Hercules, believing that this would bring courage and victory.
Because of its attractive banding, sardonyx has long been used to fashion
cameos (carved raised figures) and intaglios (the reverse of cameos). This
gemstone is found throughout the world. The most attractive specimens are
found in India, but material also is mined in Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Uruguay,
Germany, and in the United States.
From the desk of your
friendly Workplace
Health & Safety Advisor
sleep debt is to sleep. In fact, 18 hours
without sleep will produce the same
slow reflexes as having a blood alcohol
reading of .05. Fatigued drivers are more
likely to engage in risk taking behaviour
and are not able to judge the true levels
of their own state of fatigue.
There are a number of ways in which
drivers can minimise the risk of being
involved in an accident:
Another month has gone by and
unfortunately we have had some more
incidents/ injury last month, so please
stay vigilant of any hazards which may
• Ensure you have had good quality and
sufficient sleep for several nights
prior to a long drive;
Staying with the fatigue theme of two
months ago, I would like to talk about
driver fatigue this time around.
• Never drink alcohol - even small
quantities - before and during long
Driver fatigue
• Share the driving where possible;
On average everyone needs between
seven and eight hours of good quality
sleep each night.
• Pull over and take “power naps”.
• Don’t drive at times that you would
ordinarily be sleeping;
By planning ahead for long trips and
being aware of the signs and symptoms
of driver fatigue, you can take the
necessary steps to keep yourself and
everyone else on the road safe.
Those who obtain less than their optimal
number of hours of sleep build up “sleep
debt” (or sleep deficit). Drivers who are
suffering from a sleep debt are at risk of
“nodding off” whilst driving and
substantially increasing their risk of
being involved in an accident.
Here is a fact if you are trying to lose
some weight, Celery has negative
calories! It takes more calories to
eat a piece of celery than the celery
has in it to begin with. It's the same
with apples!
Have you ever driven a vehicle and
closed one eye and then the other one to
give them a rest? Sound silly? That’s half
the problem because we often aren’t
thinking properly when we are tired.
Drinking coffee or energy drinks and
opening the window for fresh air will
only go so far. The only way to reduce
Stay safe Claus
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Due to ill health the owner has to sell it. This car is
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Town and Country Gourmet Guru’s
Quick Spicy Prawn Laksa
100g (1/3 cup) Ayam Malaysian Laksa Paste
400ml can coconut milk
250ml (1 cup) water
24 green prawns, peeled, tails intact
200g dried rice stick noodles
120g green beans, thickly sliced diagonall
80g bean sprouts, trimmed
Fresh Thai basil, leaves picked, to serve
Lime wedges, to serve
Heat a large non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add laksa paste and
cook for 30 seconds or until aromatic. Stir in coconut milk and water.
Simmer for 3 minutes or until heated through and well combined. Add
prawns and cook for 3 minutes or until cooked through.
Meanwhile, cook noodles following packet directions. Drain.
Place a nest of noodles in each serving bowl. Ladle laksa mixture around
noodles. Top with beans, sprouts and basil. Serve with lime wedges.