The Bridge News
Getaways are back!
Message from our CEO Mary-Jane Stolp
Although living with COVID brings complexity to our service models and the way we deliver our services, The Bridge will continue to adapt to ensure services continue for the people we support. With renewed optimism we are looking towards Christmas and a New Year filled with possibilities.
In October we launched our newest online service – Mates Online – providing opportunities for skill development and enhancing independence, health and wellbeing and social connection. These services are available at a range of different times and days based on uptake. For a copy of the activities schedule please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Recently, we conducted our Annual General Meeting and updated The Bridge’s Constitution to enable us to expand our Board and introduce fresh expertise, supporting corporate governance and positioning the organisation for the future. We welcomed Andrew Stewart and Sue Hansford to our experienced Board and congratulated our new Chair of the Board, Sue Banks. We thank Jim Hall for his wise stewardship of the Board over the last 9 years and appreciate his continuing involvement. A new Board sub-committee will commence in 2022, focusing on ‘customer experience’ and will include a member of our Community Voice Advisory Group to ensure input from the people we support continues to shape our service models.
The Bridge is again sponsoring the 7News Young Achiever Awards which acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young people, up to 29 years of age, and showcase their achievements whilst paying tribute to their vision, innovation and commitment to their community. Awards are open until 14 December 2021, for more information please go to Categories & Entry Criteria | Awards Australia.
The Disability Royal Commission has recently published an overview of responses to their ‘promoting inclusion issues paper’. We are discussing the findings and recommendations to achieve a more inclusive society through our Community Voice Advisory Group and management team to identify how The Bridge can best contribute to progress in this important area. For more information go to Responses to the Promoting inclusion Issues paper | Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
In other news, Stage B of our Park Grove development is almost complete and we have received approval for our new service in Pakenham, which we hope to commence in early 2023, for both Connects and Employment services. This will be one of our key strategic projects in 2022 and will enable us to meet ongoing demand for our services.
As we put all our energy into scaling our services back up and preparing for our new strategic plan, we want to thank all staff and management for their extraordinary efforts in helping The Bridge get through COVID. With our new leadership team almost fully in place, it’s a great time to be part of our progressive and innovative organisation.