Lifestart Winners in the NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards
Lifestart was recently named as finalists in the NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards in 3 categories out of 6. The categories in which we were a finalist were:
Excellence in Indigenous programs - Brooke Joy – Recognises the outstanding work of an individual or organisation in promoting the needs of Indigenous people with disability to exercise choice and control
Leadership in community accessibility and inclusion – Recognises innovation in increasing participation and improving access to the community for people with disability and their families. – Lifestart and the Sydney Opera House for the Accessible Baby Proms
Excellence in regional innovation – recognises innovation in service delivery to respond to the needs of people with disability in rural and regional communities – Lifestart Online Therapy
On Thursday 23 February 2017 a number of Lifestart staff attended the awards presentation to hear the outcome of the judging. The ceremony was held as part of the National Disability Services State Conference.
We were the winner for the Excellence in regional innovation which was very exciting.
In addition we were awarded the Minister’s Award for Excellence which is fantastic recognition of the work done by Lifestart supporting children, young people, families and carers.
Adrian Diggelmann, a Lifestart Director, was present at the awards, representing our Chair, Kathryn Greiner, along with some representatives of the Lifestart team. It is a great tribute showing us as a leading organisation in supporting children and young people, their families and carers, in their community.
The Minister’s Award for Excellence is a recognition of the commitment of all the Lifestart staff who strive to support children and young people to live an ordinary life in the spirit of social inclusion, as well as the Board which provides us guidance and strategic direction.
We acknowledge the achievements of all the finalists in the awards and congratulate the other winners.
International Day of People with a Disability
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is an opportunity for the community to make positive changes to the lives of 4 million Australians.
3 December is International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates progress in breaking down barriers, opening doors, and realising an inclusive society for all.
Disability organisations, businesses, governments and the community come together at events across the country to mark the occasion and celebrate the achievements of people with disability.
The National Disability Awards recognise outstanding work of individuals and organisations that improve the lives of people with disability.
Lifestart International Day of People with Disability Events
Play For Our Kids
In every person a child is hidden who wants to play.
Lifestart Play for Kids aims to raise awareness in our community about the value and importance of play in all our lives.
In late August the Minister for Disability the Hon. John Ajaka MLC launched the 7th annual Play for our Kids project in front of over 400 children and families at Luna Park, Just For Fun… and play.
Play for Kids provides an opportunity to:
- Play a game and raise money for Lifestart
- Play with family, friends or in your workplace
- When: 15 August to 31 December 2016
- How to Play for Kids: For a Step by Step guide please go to www.lifestart.org.au/fundraising-events/play-for-kids
Play for Kids enables us to get a strong message out that play is one of the best ways for all children to learn and develop, especially children with disability or delay. Play is the bridge for children to be included in our community.
Play for Kids today.