Creating Opportunities | Strengthening Communities

About Inclusion provides flexible and adaptable disability support programs for individuals and respite for carers in the Manning Valley. Established as Manning Valley Respite Care Services in 1986; to better reflect our philosophy and organisation values, we began to trade under the name About Inclusion in recent years.

We have developed strategic programs that provide ongoing support to our participants, helping them to feel supported and included in their local community. Our Taree disability services include recreation and leisure activities, adult education, skills development, community participation, day programs, social support and respite care.

About Inclusion is focused on supporting individuals to achieve their best outcomes, both now and in the future. The rollout for NDIS across NSW was released in September 2015. NDIS for the Manning Valley will commence from 1st July 2016.

In the months ahead About Inclusion has arranged support for families to prepare for the NDIS. The NDIA will deliver a scheme that gives choice and control and aligns with the vision of a diverse, inclusive and connected community providing richer lives for people living with a disability.

If you would like to speak with us about our available programs, please contact us today.

At About Inclusion, we have planned for a sustainable future that supports people with disabilities, as well as their families and careers.

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Our Future

At About Inclusion, we have planned for a sustainable future that supports people
with disabilities, as well as their families and carers.

We will continue to assist with making choices to promote and strengthen the contributions
people with disabilities, their families and carers make to our community.

About Inclusion provides respite for carers and support for those they care for.

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Our Vision

About Inclusion is an active and integral part of the local community,
helping to build connections, establish networks and create
communities of like-minded people.

We work hard to create opportunities for a person with support needs to participate
in the local community while also providing respite for local carers.

About Inclusion has a sustainable and effective future within the context of the NDIS.

We promote a diverse, strong and inclusive community...

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Our Priorities

  • About Inclusion has a sustainable and effective future
    within the context of the NDIS
  • We promote a diverse, strong and inclusive community
  • We support current and future participants to achieve positive life outcomes

Currently, we employ 36 staff with 62 registered volunteers who are committed to supporting the many families, carers and participants.

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Our Team

Currently, we employ 62 staff with 36 registered volunteers who are committed
to supporting the many families, carers and participants that make up the family of
About Inclusion. In order to best meet the challenging and exciting times ahead, a
fresh and flexible Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2018 has been developed, following
consultation with and valued input from our focus group, volunteers, staff and with the
assistance and guidance of Karen Stace, sector support consultant NDS.
Our Board Members believe that the changes made to our strategic plan allows a flexible
approach to supports, placing us in the best possible position to deal with the challenges ahead.
A flexible approach will enable us to adapt to changed circumstances and will place us in a
position to be able to advise and assist our participants, their families and carers transitioning
into the new world of the NDIS.

Our Operations Manager: Donna Ballard

Our Coordinators:

  • Rob Harrington - Community Relations Officer
  • Tracey Cooper - Support Coordinator
  • Cheryl Gray - Activities Coordinator
  • Roxanne Ridley - Intake & Engagement
  • Lynda DeGruchy - Support Coordinator

Our Engagement Team:

  • Jody Morphett
  • Karen Kilvington
  • Lyn Austin

Our Administration Team:

  • Rachael Akers
  • Trish Cooper
  • Angela Wynter
  • Andrea Rowsell - Academy of Dance
  • Holiday Coast Credit Union
  • Australian Men's Shed Association
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Our Partners

  • Andrea Rowsell - Academy of Dance
  • Holiday Coast Credit Union
  • Australian Men's Shed Association
  • National Respite Association
  • TAFE NSW - North Coast Institute
  • NSW Family & Community Services - Ageing, Disability & Home Care
  • Wingham Wellbeing
  • NDIS - National Disability Services
  • Manning Valley Libraries
  • Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre
  • Manning Entertainment Centre
  • MVA Mountain View Archers
 
Donna Ballard
Operations Manager
Donna Ballard
Operations Manager

I love managing About Inclusion because...

we have an incredible team of dedicated people that do their utmost to improve the lives and outcomes of those we support, that makes working here so rewarding.

Phone:(02) 6552 7374
Rob Harrington
Community Relations
Rob Harrington
Community Relations

I like my job because...

I get great satisfaction in my work environment seeing people taking control of their lives and expanding their horizons.

Phone:(02) 6552 7374
Tracey Cooper
Support Coordinator
Tracey Cooper
Support Coordinator

I like my job because...

I see value in the work I do by meeting the respite needs of families and creating opportunities for community inclusion for people with disability.
My work environment enables me to share and build relationships with people and work together to discover their strengths.

Phone:(02) 6552 7374
Lynda DeGruchy
Support Coordinator
Lynda DeGruchy
Support Coordinator

I enjoy my job because...

I assist participants with their new NDIS plans to strengthen abilities to connect to and coordinate supports in a complex service delivery environment. This includes capacity building, linking participants with the right providers to meet their needs and developing participant resilience in their own network and community.

Phone:(02) 6552 7374
Cheryl Gray
Activities Coordinator
Cheryl Gray
Activities Coordinator

What I love most about working in my role is...

having the opportunity to work with people, being able to unpack ideas and seeing them grow into amazing things. Being a part of someone's journey is most satisfying. I also love hanging out with the kids that come to our groups and being allowed to be a kid again and watching them have fun and explore our community

Phone:(02) 6552 7374
Roxanne Ridley
Intake & Engagement
Roxanne Ridley
Intake & Engagement

I like my job because...

I love working in a strong, cohesive team environment that allows flexibility and creative thinking when tackling the wide variety of opportunities and challanges that my role provides.

Phone:(02) 6552 7374
Creating Opportunities | Strengthening Communities