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Events throughout the year

ARTFUL: Art and Dementia

ARTFUL, run by the Museum of Contemporary Art, is a free program for people living with dementia and their carers, which focuses on creating new connections and providing life enriching experiences through creative engagement with contemporary art.

Program participants are engaged through gallery explorations and hands-on creative artmaking sessions. Over the course of 10 weeks, intimate groups are invited to find their own meaning and connections with contemporary art.

The program includes a fortnightly ARTFUL At Home pack for participants and their carers to extend creative engagement beyond the museum. Each program is individually tailored by our Artist Educators and responds to the specific needs and interests of the participants.

ARTFUL also incorporates a 3-year research initiative which is conducted in collaboration with the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. This research focuses on exploring how art can enhance well-being and markers of neuroplasticity in people with dementia.

The ARTFUL program runs throughout 2017. To find out more or register your interest, visit the MCA website. 


Winds of Care - A Chance to Take a Break

Sailors With Disabilities invites anyone caring for a family member or friend with disability to join the SWD Winds of Care Days and take a bit of time out for themselves.

On  Winds of Care, carers are invited to go sailing on board SWD and experience respite while and being cared for by SWD’s volunteer crews. 

For more information and to register visit the Sailors With Disabilities website, or call 0421 725 170


AD HOC Group 2017

Alzheimer’s Disease Help Our Carers (AD HOC) provides lunch every month on a Saturday for people with dementia, their carers and family members at the Family Visiting Centre of AlzNSW at North Ryde. A lovely way to meet others in the same situation in a supportive environment to enjoy a meal together. 

The ADHOC lunches run throughout the year. To find out more or register your interest, download the event flyer, call 02 9888 4268 or email nsw.vffrcreception@alzheimers.org.au 


Alzheimer’s Australia Family Carer Education

This program incorporates an understanding of dementia, strategies for maintaining effective communication and ways to promote independence, self esteem and enjoyment for you and the person with dementia.

Where: Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, Dementia Memory & Community Centre 120 Cox’s Road North Ryde

Cost: Free

The Family Carer Education programs run throughout the year. For more information download the Family Carer Education flyer or contact Alzheimer’s Australia NSW on 8875 4640 or email nsw.education@alzheimers.org.au 


Dementia Training Australia Online Courses

Dementia Training Australia (DTA)  e-learning courses are short, mobile friendly, and designed to support carers caring for someone with dementia.  DTA courses are cost free to the learner as DTA is funded under the Federal Government’s Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund.

DTA courses run throughout the year. For more information, visit the DTA website.


Events in December

Tree of Hope HIV & AIDS Memorial Gathering

The Tree of Hope community welcomes everyone to attend this annual memorial gathering honouring the memory of our friends, family and wider communities who have been lost to HIV & AIDS.

Where: Catholic Care 2c West St, Lewisham

When: 1 December 2017, from 2.00pm

Cost: Free

For more information and to RSVP download the Tree of Hope flyer, contact Tree of Hope on 02 9509 1240 or email treeofhope@catholiccare.org


City of Ryde Social Inclusion Picnic

Celebrate Social Inclusion Week at a free picnic in Meadowbank Park. Enjoy live music performances, barista coffee, morning tea and kids activities including face painting and balloon twisting.

Where: Meadowbank Park (netball courts), Adelaide St, Meadowbank

When: 1 December 2017, 10.00am to 12.00pm

Cost: Free

For more information download the Social Inclusion flyer or contact City of Ryde Council on 9952 8302


All Abilities Musical Jam and Storytime

The City of Sydney Library is teaming up with Musica Viva, the Deaf Society and Vision Australia to present an all abilities event to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.

Where: Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney

When: 3 December 2017, 11.30am

Cost: Free

For more information or to book your session, visit the All Abilities Musical Jam and Storytime event website.


Transitioning into the NDIS Workshop

St Vincent de Paul Society local area coordinator team invites carers to an information session about the NDIS and the role of Local Area Coordinators.

Where: The Randwick Club, Level 4, 135 Alison Road, Randwick NSW 2031

When: 6 December 2017, from 10.00am to 11.30am

Cost: Free

For more information and to RSVP download the Transitioning into the NDIS flyer, contact St Vincent de Paul Society on 0434 478 305 or email Schedeen.Snowden@ndis.gov.au


Self-Managing My Support - NDIS Workshop

What does self-management of your NDIS funding mean, and how can you be an effective self-manager? This workshop, run by the St Vincent de Paul Society local area coordinator team will give you the tools you need to take more control of your supports and your budgets.

Where: Meeting Room 5, Lionel Bowen Library & Community Centre, 669/673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra 2035 and Cronulla Central, Meeting Room 1, 38-60 Croydon St, Cronulla 2230

When: 7 December 2017, 10.00am to 1.30pm (Maroubra) and 12 December 2017, 11.00am to 12.00pm (Cronulla)

Cost: Free

For more information and to RSVP download the Self Managing My Support flyer, contact St Vincent de Paul Society on 0434 478 305 or email Schedeen.Snowden@ndis.gov.au


Benefits of Carer Peer Workers & Peer Workers Workshop

Mental Health Carers NSW are holding the second of their Carer Support Worker Forum workshops, titled ‘The Benefits of Carer Peer Workers & Peer Workers’.

Join presenters to listen to their insights into the roles of carer and consumer peer workers and why they are so essential. This workshop is suitable for consumers, carers and those who work to support them.

When: 7 December 2017, 9.30am- 11.30am

Where: MHCN, Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William St, Woolloomooloo, NSW, 2011

Cost: Free

For more information or to register, download the Benefits of Carer Peer Workers & Peer Workers flyer, contact Mental Health Carers Nsw on 9332 0777


Carers Christmas Morning Tea and Laugher Yoga

Join Wesley Mission for a carers Christmas morning tea and laughter yoga. Laughter yoga is a blend of laughter exercises mixed with yoga breathing.

When: 13 December 2017, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Where: Elermore Vale Community Centre, 129 Croudace Road

Cost: Free

For more information download the Carers Christmas Morning Tea and Laugher Yoga flyer or contact Christina Sullivan on 0419 448 562


Walk In My Shoes Carers Conference

Presented by Emma McBride, the ‘Walk in my Shoes’ conference is for carers to hear about support available to them. Local and national experts will be holding workshops where you can learn and also share your experience as well as a healthy-eating cooking demonstration.

When: 13 Decmeber 2017, 8.30am – 1.00pm

Where: Mingara Recreation Club, Mingara Road, Tumbi Umbi NSW 2261

Cost: Free

For more information or to register, visit the Walk in My Shoes Conference website or contact Emma McBride’s Team on 02 4353 0127.


Online workshops, training and support

Intellectual disability mental health e-Learning

Intellectual disability mental health e-Learning provides free eLearning about intellectual disability to professionals, carers, and consumers.

The goal of the resource is to improve knowledge, skills and confidence, leading to better mental health and wellbeing for people with an intellectual disability.

Find out more on the Intellectual disability mental health e-Learning website. 


Understanding Dementia

Understanding Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest in dementia research and care. This free 9-week course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of an international community, without requiring exams or assignments.

Enrollements are open between 24 July and 18 August 2018. Find out more on the University of Tasmania’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre's website.


enableme podcasts

The Stroke Foundation enableme podcasts bring together stroke survivors, health professionals and researchers with practical advice for reclaiming your life after stroke.

Each month you can download an episode dedicated to a specific topic in stroke recovery.


My Learning Matters

My Learning Matters is a free online planning tool designed to help people with disability and their families get the most out of the changing disability support system. It's fun and interactive with lots of opportunities to write, choose pictures, tick boxes and have a think about making your life the best it can be.

There are lots of different topics to choose from including,

  • Choosing a service provider
  • Community Connections
  • Speaking up and rights
  • Managing a budget

To get started, visit the My Learning Matters website


Council for Intellectual Disability Online Peer Support Forum 

NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, works with and for people with intellectual disability to speak up about the big issues and to change things for the better.

CID Connect is an online peer support forum for people with disabilities and those who care for and support them.

On the CID connect forum you can: Ask experts and peers direct questions and receive factual and clear answers, join in discussions and share experiences with our online community and access the latest info and resources on things that matter in the world of disability, NDIS, rights and inclusion.

For more information visit the CID Connect website. 



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