Ryan finds his footing

Ryan Croft’s home Sunshine Coast home is a sea of calm. Fragrant incense wafts across the room, soft music plays in the background and beautiful artwork adorn the walls or propped on easels. A man with sparkling blue eyes and an easy smile welcomes you and you can’t help but return that smile immediately. Ryan…

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Jack’s road to recovery

Among the ways a brain can fail – tumour, aneurysm, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s – stroke is one of the most common.  An innocuous word – stroke – you stroke a cat, or a baby’s cheek. But stroke in medical terminology can be lethal. A stroke is what impacted then 16-year-old Jack Fenton while undergoing heart surgery…

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Darron’s determination

On a sunny Thursday afternoon 18 years ago in his hometown in England, Darron pulled on his cycling shoes and set off on his bike for a training session. A ride that would change his approach to triathlons – and life – forever more. In a life-altering moment, Darron went from triathlete to paraplegic as…

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30 years strong

It seems remarkable to think that almost 30 years ago it took two young men directly impacted by spinal injuries to create their own support services on the Sunshine Coast, so they could live independently with their families. In a sense not unlike some of the tech startups to follow, the idea started at home…

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Kym appointed to NDS state body

Congratulations to our CEO, Kym Chomley for her appointment to the NDS Queensland State Committee 2020-21. Her appointment was announced in August. Four nominations were received for the three vacant positions. As a result of the ballot, incumbent Brett Casey of Deaf Services Ltd was re-elected for a further three-year term. We would also like…

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MOllii helps Robyn

Three years ago on her birthday, Robyn Higgins was given a diagnosis that she wasn’t quite prepared for.  Living in Perth then, Robyn, a former school teacher, started seeing changes to the way in which her arms and legs were tensing and making movement very difficult. Her right lower arm had turned into a claw-like…

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2019 AGM

The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held at Twin Waters Golf Club on Thursday, 31 October. The executive report to the members, captured the tremendous inroads 121 Care and its associated entities—Guardien Group, Colville Lodge, Winston House and Suncoast Integrated Therapies has made in the last financial year. The transition to the National Insurance Disability…

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Alan’s always championed people with disabilities

When approached to share his experiences as a volunteer in acknowledgement of National Volunteer Week (18-24 May 2020), Alan O’Callaghan was hesitant. “I’ve always had a dilemma about promoting the link between people with disabilities and volunteering as if it’s their only work option,” Alan said matter-of-factly. “Before moving from Melbourne, I had paid employment…

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Donation hits the right notes

Clients and residents of Winston House will soon be singing and dancing up a storm to the sound of much needed musical instruments. Winston House Residential Manager Charmaine Cawse said the donation of an $800 gift card from supporters of GIVIT had given a new lease of life to many of their patrons. “Recently one…

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When life changes you

                  For Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week (2-8 September 2019), a 121 Care staff member and a member of the board were more than willing to tell of their life changing past and the work of a local support organisation. Sarah Skelton is no stranger to the…

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121 Care’s approach gives people real choice of how much responsibility and control they want to take for their own care plan. I first became involved with 121 Care as a Committee member, but soon was so impressed with the model of listening and insistence on client input that I changed from my previous service provider to 121 Care.

Robert, a client since 2014

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2019-10-25T16:34:32+10:00

Robert, a client since 2014

121 Care’s approach gives people real choice of how much responsibility and control they want to take for their own care plan. I first became involved with 121 Care as a Committee member, but soon was so impressed with the model of listening and insistence on client input that I changed from my previous service provider to 121 Care.
The biggest benefits with 121 Care are choosing my own carers (I have a fantastic team); the flexibility to run my own roster and organise my shifts with my carers has been awesome. The office staff are very respectful and helpful when I need something. I never feel like I’m a number, but a person which matters to me a lot.

Casey, a client since 2013

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2019-10-25T16:40:12+10:00

Casey, a client since 2013

The biggest benefits with 121 Care are choosing my own carers (I have a fantastic team); the flexibility to run my own roster and organise my shifts with my carers has been awesome. The office staff are very respectful and helpful when I need something. I never feel like I’m a number, but a person which matters to me a lot.
What I’m grateful for most about getting my support through 121 Care is that I can stay in my own home. The staff members also help me to achieve my goals and offer paid training to our carers to become better workers.

Anne, a client since 1997

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2019-10-25T16:42:14+10:00

Anne, a client since 1997

What I’m grateful for most about getting my support through 121 Care is that I can stay in my own home. The staff members also help me to achieve my goals and offer paid training to our carers to become better workers.
I appreciated that 121 Care gave me control, rather than telling me what to do. The freedom to interview and choose my own workers is what I like most about my care, rather than being allocated workers without any consultation. It was made clear to me from the start that I would run my own care with my own workers.

David, a client since 1999

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2019-10-25T16:43:06+10:00

David, a client since 1999

I appreciated that 121 Care gave me control, rather than telling me what to do. The freedom to interview and choose my own workers is what I like most about my care, rather than being allocated workers without any consultation. It was made clear to me from the start that I would run my own care with my own workers.
Just to let you know that Fran, Jenny and myself are extremely happy with the support being given to Jenny at this time. Both workers are excellent!!!

David, parent of a client

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2020-02-28T10:37:45+10:00

David, parent of a client

Just to let you know that Fran, Jenny and myself are extremely happy with the support being given to Jenny at this time. Both workers are excellent!!!

Sarah (Skelton, Liaison Officer), you have gone about making a difference in a person's life.


Sarah assisted a client with obtaining a volunteer dog groomer role which the client is enjoying tremendously.

Jo Priestly, Client Services Manager (retired 2019)

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2020-02-28T10:44:02+10:00

Jo Priestly, Client Services Manager (retired 2019)

Sarah (Skelton, Liaison Officer), you have gone about making a difference in a person's life. Sarah assisted a client with obtaining a volunteer dog groomer role which the client is enjoying tremendously.

Thanks for the hard work Jeanie (McDonnell, Client Service Manager). I'm sure it will improve service delivery.

SA, Senior Reportable Incidents Office, NDIS Commission

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2020-02-28T10:47:43+10:00

SA, Senior Reportable Incidents Office, NDIS Commission

Thanks for the hard work Jeanie (McDonnell, Client Service Manager). I'm sure it will improve service delivery.
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