One2One Grapevine December 2021


Office closure and end of year thoughts

In two sleeps time, the One2One office will close for the holidays.

Our office doors will be closed from 12.00 midday Friday 24 December 2021 with staff returning Tuesday 4 January 2022.  During this time you are encouraged to contact your Service Coordinator for anything urgent. 

During our shutdown period some skeleton staff will be available as follows:

Payroll queries must be directed to

Vaccination certificates must be directed to 

With the end of the year just over a week away, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all consumers, staff and volunteers at One2One for the incredible year we have had, especially as we faced some unique hurdles. 

While the COVID pandemic has been challenging, we’ve been fortunate that no one associated with One2One has become infected. This year the pandemic led us towards many disruptions as we grappled with Government mandated vaccinations. Fortunately, One2One has made it through this hurdle with minimal disruptions to our consumers and their supports. 

While the pandemic continues and we face new concerns with the borders reopening in February, I am confident our dedicated administration and leadership teams will guide us through it.  Similarly, our Service Coordinators and Support Workers on the frontline remain committed to creating a safe and COVID free environment for our consumers. 

I look forward to the work we will achieve in 2022 and wish you all a very safe and joyful holiday season.

Rod Davies, CEO

Current job vacancies

Did you miss our latest job vacancies?  Check them out below!

All our vacancies are showcased on Facebook or visit this SEEK LINK for the individual adverts.

Staff awards & recognition

We’d like to thank and acknowledge the incredible contribution the following people have made and continue to make to One2One:

  • Recognition of Excellence Award: awarded to Delilah Ottley for her efforts in learning how to support our Payroll processes. A tricky and unique field to learn, yet Delilah tackled this with the same cruisy and supportive nature she shows to all her work, with a simple “sure, I can do that”.
Sue (left) our Payroll and Accounts Coordinator awarding Delilah (right) with her award. Image also features Rod (far left) and Brad (front left) both looking on.

Autism: What’s next?

For decades, one of the most common issues in autism has been the lack of quality information and guidance available to parents of children or families and individuals seeking and receiving an autism diagnosis.

Thrown into a world of Google, full of misleading and inaccurate information, people are left feeling helpless, confused and frustrated at a time when they are at their most vulnerable. They spend countless hours and funds seeking the best information and resources that should be readily available in one place.

Autism Awareness Australia are thrilled to announce the launch of Autism: What Next? a free digital toolkit, a central hub to help individuals and families navigate the first year following an autism diagnosis.

This toolkit will ensure people have access to the best quality, evidence-based information and resources to ensure they are empowered to support themselves or their loved ones on the autism spectrum.

Designed and developed by teams of people with lived experience, including autistic adults, parents of children with autism and some of Australia’s leading clinicians working in autism. Watch their introductory video, or visit Autism: What Next?

Spectrum Space Telethon Holiday Makers Program

Spectrum Space have just announced the Telethon Holiday Makers Program for January 2022!

Running in Fremantle, Rockingham and Marangaroo, the program is for 10 – 18 year-olds on the autism spectrum and provides a fun and relaxed environment to hang out and engage in a range of different activities each school holidays. Some of the activities planned for January include a trip to Cockburn Arc, Perth Zoo, Fremantle Pool, Perth Mint and the Art Gallery of WA plus rollerblading, rocket making, trampolining, rock climbing and much more. To view the whole program, head here.

All participants must be enrolled before attending the Program. To enrol, please fill in the expression of interest form here or call Spectrum Space on 9431 2111.

As well as running the Telethon Holiday Makers Program, Spectrum Space also run social groups throughout the school year. Using a strengths-based approach validated by Curtin University, their social groups connect young people with autism with others and provide opportunities for social interaction, engagement and fun. Designed for specific age ranges, the social groups offer a regular program of events and activities for members. Participants are invited to make decisions on what they would like to do throughout the term, both individually and as a group. As an NDIS provider, participants can use their plan to access Spectrum Space services.

Special Olympics WA Summer Sports Program

Special Olympics are currently expanding their programs in Western Australia to support more individuals who have intellectual disabilities and/or autism. Over the next 3 months, they are running a range of Come and Try Sport Programs. Join them for 3 FREE sessions between November and January with sports from Basketball to Dance!

These weekly sporting sessions support individuals in learning a new skill, building friendships, and connecting with different community clubs/groups. The sessions cater to a range of different skill levels and support individuals with varied abilities. For more information and registration details, read the flyer here, or visit their website.

Disability Friendly Business Directory

Business Foundations are delighted to share with you the first edition of the NDIS friendly business directory, featuring over 25 small businesses that offer tailored products and service to better meet the needs of NDIS clients. All businesses listed are familiar with the NDIS Code of Conduct, and have police clearances/working with children checks (where applicable) and public liability insurance. 

Explore the directory here.

Driving towards dreams

My name is Matthew, Matt for short. I have been with One2One since June 2017. I receive support from One2One daily so I can continue to live independently in my own home. Having independence is very important to me”.

Matt was working casually at Woolworths Maddington but recently through his own personal drive (excuse the pun) and those supporting Matt he was able to realise a childhood dream to be a truck driver.

Matt set about researching the Truck Driving industry in Perth and found there was an immediate shortage of drivers. Matt then turned his attention to obtaining a truck driving license. The initial driving test was a fail and although disappointed two days later Matt resat the test….and passed. Matt hadn’t realised but he had a following at One2One who were aware of his focus and so this news was met with rapturous applause from the office.

Matt then began looking at open employment truck driving positions and Sealanes were advertising.  Matt applied and was asked to attend an interview.

Matt attended and secured a job offer. The hardest part of the process was to follow. Because of Matt’s known diagnosis Matt had to complete a physical examination which he passed with flying colours, and Matt had to be cleared by DoT as fit to drive. Had Matt not passed this obstacle his car drivers license would have been revoked as well – Matt was now all in and his ability to drive any vehicle rested on the decision from DoT. Matt was cleared and recorded as fit to drive.

Today Matt is driving independently for Sealanes. A typical day starts at 5am, 15 plus outlet deliveries with up to 800kms travel distance. Matt comments it is a work in progress, the financial rewards are a bonus, and his life has changed. But Matt also confides his support team are very important to him to navigate the changes he has had to make and a phone call away.

Congratulations Matt on your wonderful achievement.

Matt wearing glasses and a high vis yellow and blue shirt, sitting in the drivers seat of his new Sealane’s truck.

Recipe of the month: 3 Ingredient Shortbread

A much loved tasty treat around Christmas time and only three ingredients! Try it out here.

Reclink Australia: Local Programs

Reclink WA coordinate a variety of programs in Sports and Recreation and have some exciting opportunities coming up!

Programs are women specific or mixed events, include:

To browse upcoming programs, visit the Reclink WA website or subscribe to their monthly email newsletter here.

Fremantle Arts Centre – Kids’ Holiday Courses

Fremantle Art’s Centre are running a variety of art courses during the upcoming school holidays! Workshops include those for younger kids (5 – 8 years), up to teens (13 – 17 years). They are also introducing ‘Hundreds & Thousands’ – with a series of workshops, tours and events to dive deeper into the world of colour. For more information on courses and events, visit the Fremantle Arts centre website.

Free Legal and Financial Planning Forum

Future Living are holding their Safe and Secure Forum at Tompkins on Swan on Wednesday 24th November, where Parents will hear from specialists on Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Special Disability Trusts, Superannuation, Insurance and  more.                                                                                              

Attending this forum will help you conquer any fears about this type of planning and leave you confident and better prepared to take the next steps.  Focused on the here and now, but geared for the time when you will no longer be around, this forum answers the myriad of questions you may have going around in your mind.

Presenters include:

  • Yvonne Parnell, CEO, Future Living Trust
  • Kerry Smart, Lawyer experienced in Wills and Trusts for people with developmental disability
  • Mike Sayer, DNA Estate Planning
  • Paul Rogers, Carers WA

Register for the forum here.

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