Ability the winner in the Grampians Community Health Arts Contest

Celebrating the abilities and artistic skills of people with a disability was a focus of an arts exhibition and contest held by Grampians Community Health in December to recognise International Day of People with a Disability.

The exhibition was an overwhelming success with many entries on show. The people in the community who attended throughout the week voted for their preferred art and craft with Mason Chamberlin being declared the winner.

Mason said that his painting is about the churning in your heart when you are feeling anxious. “I was grateful for being able to participate in the exhibition and very happy with the result” said Mason.

Grampians Community Health CEO Greg Little said that the quality of the art shown and the involvement of people from the local community made this art show a wonderful event.

“We wanted to acknowledge the strength, abilities and contribution people with a disability make to our community and the arts showcase and competition really achieved this” said Mr Little

Grampians Community Health General Manager Kathy Day said that often we take our abilities for granted, for people with disabilities it is important for us all to be aware of their abilities as without the awareness often they become excluded from participating fully in our community.

“Inclusion is the key, and it is one of Grampians Community Health core values. When we adapt programs and events such as the arts and craft exhibition for people with special abilities, we witness the brilliance of people who can contribute to our community.” Said Mrs Day.

Grampians Community Health works with many people with a disability who have challenges and need support, knowing that by helping them to explore their special abilities it enhances their life and wellbeing. The Grampians Community Health approach is to focus in their strengths and ability to perform well on an activity, by taking in consideration that some people are more analytical, and others are more visual or sound oriented we are able to enhance their abilities.

Mrs Day added “Disability changes not only the life of the person, it changes their family and the community, identifying their strength and giving them the opportunity to participate, we all benefit”.

Grampians Community Health is a provider of services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

“We are trying to be really flexible in the supports we provide eligible participants of the NDIS, providing the functional support and community inclusion that an individual needs” said Mr Little

Anyone wishing to access any of the Grampians Community Health services can easily do so by calling 5358 7400.

Christmas Cheer To Those Who Need It the Most

Have you ever asked yourself what would Christmas be like if you were alone, couldn’t afford presents or to buy lunch for your family? Unfortunately, for some people in our community this will be the reality this Christmas. Grampians Community Health is again this year hoping to ease this burden with the help of some beautiful donations.

It takes compassion and understanding to act knowing that there are many people in our community who feel as if they don’t belong, they feel lonely and the rush for gifts during Christmas can be sad time.

Grampians Community Health (GCH) work closely with many in helping people during periods of crisis, illness or distress. In 2017 GCH were contacted 30,000 times by people seeking support in areas such as family violence, alcohol and drug issues, gambling addiction, NDIS programs, homelessness, behavioural change, or seeking to talk to someone such as a counsellor.

Grampians Community Health CEO Greg Little said that when the community comes together to help a person in need, the bond between people deepens and it creates a greater sense of belonging.

“This is exactly what Spotlight in Horsham has achieved by creating craft groups and donating gifts to Grampians Community Health to pass on to vulnerable people in our community” said Mr Little

Local businesses such as Spotlight play a big part in helping the community. Gemma Beavis the Healthy Communities Program Leader at GCH said “each time we hand a gift that was donated by the community to our clients, their eye lights up. They are so grateful because at these times they feel as if they are treated like humans and belong in the community. For a moment they forget their traumas and the solitude of facing difficult times in their lives.”

Grampians Community Health is grateful to many business and community groups who donate basic goods to help our clients.

“Sometimes all a person needs is a dignity pack, such as the bags donated by the Country Women’s Association to people facing difficult times and at risk of homelessness, without the community helping us, our job would be more difficult” said Ms Beavis

“It is true Christmas spirit which is incredibly appreciated by Grampians Community Health and the people we provide services too, thank you so much all the local business and the overall community for lending us a hand to continue to help vulnerable people in our communities, not just now but throughout the year” added Mr Little

Anyone wishing to access any of the Grampians Community Health services can easily do so by calling 5358 7400.

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