One2One Grapevine – December 2020

Christmas Shutdown Notice

Commencing at midday, Thursday 24 December, One2One’s office will shut down for the Christmas and New Year period. 

We will be returning to the office Monday 4 January 2021.


Reminder: Timesheets due 23 December

For staff timesheet arrangements over the shutdown period, One2One advised all support staff via their Coordinators in October to submit their timesheets by:

5.00PM, Wednesday 23 December 2020

For staff scheduled to work on Thursday 24 December, Coordinators have been encouraged to assist staff with predicting their hours for this day.

Payroll is being processed earlier on this occasion to accommodate our usual processing day, which has landed on 25 December (Christmas day). 

Please note, for any timesheets not submitted on time, no further queries or payments will be addressed until our return 4 January 2021.

We appreciate your support with this.  

Job Vacancy: Co-Resident

One2One is a family business, providing individually tailored support services to people with disabilities and their families -?one person at a time. 

One2One supports people with varying needs, employing?a wide range of support models, across the Perth?Metropolitan area. 

We currently seek either an individual or?couple, to provide live-in Co-resident support to a young man, in his own home. 

The Co-resident role endeavours to?provide support in a?natural yet safe?home environment. Some supports include daily living, budgeting and money management, accessing his community in culturally sensitive ways, maintaining family connections, developing healthy and meaningful relationships with others, and encouraging independent living skills development at his individual pace. 

The successful applicants will have:

  • experience working alongside people with intellectual disability, 
  • strong family and inclusion values, 
  • a desire to develop a long term working relationship with this young man, his dog,?his family and One2One, 
  • an interest in sharing their life, their connection’s and interests with another person, in their support role.  
  • limited outside responsibilities, to enable 8 hours of direct support from Monday – Friday (plus on call) and a commitment to this live- in support arrangement. Support not required on Saturdays and Sunday. 

This position offers a lifestyle – not just a job. One2One will offer a competitive?remuneration package, appropriate training and on-going support, as well as?regular breaks to suit the Co-resident’s individual needs and lifestyle. 

Applicants must have a current Police Clearance (under 12 months old) and a?First Aid Certificate. To apply, visit our website at and submit an Expression of Interest along with your resume. Closing date?30/12/2020.

Staff Service Awards

On 18 November, One2One staff celebrated and presented not one but four 5 Years of Service awards to support staff:

– Jesse Moran, Jessica Walker, Kiri Morton, and Leighton Walling.

We’re proud of the staff we employ and recognise the loyalty and dedication these staff commit to One2One but most importantly to the lives of the people they support.

Thank you so much.

Royal Commission: CONNECT Interim Report

People with disability are experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation across all aspects of their lives. This includes in education, health care and justice settings, and in their homes, workplaces and communities, our Interim Report says.

Released on Friday, the report says people with disability are experiencing a range of barriers to achieving inclusion within Australian society. Much more needs to be done to ensure the human rights of people with disability are respected and that Australia becomes a truly inclusive society.

The report details the experiences of many people with disability as well as the reasons they are exposed to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

One2One will share these when they become available.

HaDSCO Complaints

The Health and Disability Services Complaints Office (HaDSCO) is an independent Statutory Authority offering an impartial resolution service for complaints relating to health, disability and mental health services. 

HaDSCO will continue to receive complaints about non-NDIS funded disability services in WA, and complaints about NDIS funded services that have occurred prior to the commencement of the NDIS Commission on 1 December 2020.

Complaints to HaDSCo can be made by the person who received the service, a family member, representative and carer or a provider. To lodge a complaint on behalf of someone, it is a requirement to obtain permission from the complainant first. As part of their services HaDSCo assess, negotiate a settlement, conciliate and investigate complaints.

HaDSCO has updated the information sheet:  Complaints about Disability Services [PDF]  to provide information about the changes to the complaints handling arrangements from 1 December.

The NDIS Commission in WA is already taking complaints from anyone regarding NDIS funded services that may not have been delivered in a safe way or to appropriate standards. Complaints can be made by emailing WA Complaints, via their website or by phoning 1800 035 544.

Kelmscott 2021 AFL Club Development

The Kelmscott Bulldogs Football Club are seeking people who would like the opportunity to Participate or be Involved in Integrated AFL Football & Community Club, located in the South East & Southern Corridor, surrounding the Kelmscott Area;

Players – Senior AFL (Integrated – All Abilities, 16 & Over)

• Players – Junior AFL (Starkick All Abilities, Junior < 17 years & Auskick)

• Non Playing – Community Club and Team Sport Participation & Support.

• Non Playing – Club Social Event and Fundraising Participation

It’s not just Playing, there are Non-Playing Participation Roles and Inclusive Opportunities that may serve for Mentorship Placement and Skill Development. Furthermore, we seek any person who could help us to establish, manage and assist in running the aspiring Integrated Football & Club Program, Including; Inclusive Participants, Family, Friends, Community Leaders, Guardians & Careers.

Upcoming Events:

    14th January 2021: Season Training Starts – Mens & Womens

If you or someone you know may be interested in these opportunities, please contact:

Robert Turner (Football Director – Kelmscott Bulldogs Football Club)

Ph: 0409 922 923

Email: Facebook: Kelmscott Bulldogs

Merryn Tobin, Coordinator

“I commenced with One2One in February 2016, so almost 5 years.  It has been wonderful to be part of a dynamic and supportive organization. Working in a very individualized service space has allowed me the opportunity to discover who people are, what they like and how they wish to be supported. Working from home allows the flexibility of managing my time in an effective manner. I have enjoyed working on Service Design as it touches on my love of writing.

I love the outdoors and getting out of the city. Time 4wding in my Jeep is always good although I haven’t done so much lately. I love photography and writing and will always have a camera with me when out.  Happy to have one of my photos selected recently by an author for his 6th book.

I have three adult kids and two granddaughters. Proud moment this week was when my oldest granddaughter was named as Head Girl for her school next year”.

Nickname:  Mezza

Heroes: Surgeons, firefighters and my dear late hubby Wayne

Proudest moment: Becoming a mum and grandmother (Narnie)

Fears: Being restricted, closed spaces, ants!

What makes you happy: My granddaughters

Dream: Have the book I am writing published.

How would you spend your last day on Earth? If I can’t be with my family, I would be alone in the Tarkine on the wild west coast of Tasmania… beautiful!!


DYA Online Art Wellbeing Program

DYA is an industry leader in providing experiential and discovery workshops for developing the ‘Art of Creative Thinking’ Model. This unique model challenges automatic thinking patterns to encourage authentic personal and social expression.

Practicing the Art of Creative Thinking in daily life opens the door to original creation, promotes personal empowerment and inspires participants to make an idea come true.

The program will be held over six week, on Wednesday afternoons from 5-6:30pm, between 27/1/21 and 3/3/21.  

The total cost is $389 per person including GST (NDIS claimable for Core).

These require no prior experience and can be attended by participants aged 10+.

We do require a minimum of 15 participants for the program, (maximum 20) but we are very happy to group together clients from different organisations for this purpose. 

To express your interest, you can fill out the form or visit their website for more information.

Coping with Christmas!

For many people, the festive season is an exciting time to connect with others and celebrate. But for others, it can be the most stressful time of the year.

Here’s a great article from Beyondblue to support you through the silly season.

45 Simple Self-Love Practices

Here’s a great article to check in with when looking for some self-care ideas. For example: 

– Go cloud watching 

– Unplug from tech for an hour

– Have a cuddle with a pet

– I Spy and find 5 things you find beauty in

– Plan a weekend away

Your Story – Disability Legal Service

Your Story Disability Legal Service (YSDLS), is a free service delivered by national legal aid to assist people with disability, their families, carers and advocates to connect to the Disability Royal Commission.
YSDLS is a free national legal service offering legal information and advice to people about safely sharing their story with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
The purpose of the Disability Royal Commission is to improve the lives of people with disability through the sharing of experiences of violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation.

On the Your Story Disability Legal Service website, there is a tab for Resources. There is an easy-to-read introduction fact sheet and an animation on how four different people with disabilities have shared their story. These resources are simple and easy for people to access.

Autism Parents’ Handbook 2021

The Autism Parents’ Handbook is the ultimate book for parents and carers of children with ASD, in Western Australia providing a detailed guide of the services and support available. The author of this handbook Heidi Brandis has a child with ASD and is sharing the updated resource in hopes to save parents valuable time.

The handbook covers everything from getting a ASD diagnosis to technology, driving and sensory resources. The handbook also outlines support and services available across regional WA and also provides information on funding, respite and advocacy.

Download or order a hardcopy of the free handbook here.

Befriend’s December Events

The end of the year is fast approaching and Befriend have a busy month ahead! Check out their December events here.

Post-School Opportunities Research

There is a new research project looking into post-school opportunities for young adults with disability. It has been initiated by Dr Sarah Carlon, Research Manager at STaR Association, and also includes researchers from the Macquarie University.
The research investigates family perspectives around post-school opportunities for young adults with disability. It aims to find out if all young adults with disabilities:

  1. have the opportunity to continue their education after they leave school
  2. are able to find meaningful employment.

If you are a parent or guardian of a young adult, aged 18 – 30, with disability, you are invited by the STaR team to complete a survey. Access the survey here (external).

The information that you share will help identify how post school services for people with disability in Australia could be improved. The anonymous online survey will take around 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

When you complete the survey, you can enter a prize draw for the chance to win one of three $100 Coles Group/Myer gift vouchers.

This research has been approved by the Macquarie University Ethics Committee and the STaR Research Committee.

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