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FRANKSTON PENINSULA CARERS INC. MARCH NEWSLETTER
Dear Friends and supporters,
We were thrilled to see many of you at our recent NDIS Information Session held in February and organized in conjunction with Tipping Foundation and VALID. I think everyone was impressed with the informative and practical information provided by Christine Scott. I would encourage all Carers to attend any further information sessions offered by various organizations and Service Providers in preparation for the introduction of the NDIS in our area. It is a big learning curve for us all!
Home at Candlebark Avenue Frankston North.
We are thrilled to report that one of our projects - the home for 6 individuals with complex needs will be officially opened on 3rd April and residents will be moving in shortly afterwards. This home will have on site support staff. The particular needs of the residents were paramount when designing this home. It is a large very high quality home, situated on a double block surrounded with extensive paving and landscaping. It is an amazing opportunity for the individuals selected and their families. I know many of the families are very grateful as they are currently under severe stress looking after their loved one.
As you know FPC Inc. have been the initiators of this project and after many formal presentations to Frankston Councillors and Council officers over the years, we were able to convince Frankston Council of the merits of this project. Frankston Council then generously donated the land to be used for adults with a disability. We were most fortunate that former Mayor Christine Richards was a great supporter and she had the confidence that Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc had the “runs on the board” and that we were able to work with other organizations to put this project together.
We thank Volunteer Committee Member Beryl Gibb for representing FPC Inc on the Project Control Committee that oversaw this project over several years, in conjunction with Community Housing (Vic) Ltd and Karingal. Karingal will be the Service Providers for this home.
This is a wonderful result and I am so proud that our small Volunteer Group has been able to succeed in obtaining funding of $1,391,000 to build this home and $725,000 p.a. recurrent funding to care for the residents, and to work with CHVL and Karingal to achieve this amazing result. Most of the Committee do not have any direct relationship with anyone with an intellectual disability but freely give their time and energy for this cause and I thank them on your behalf.
Project Bayview Road McCrae
This project is for a home for another 6 adults with an intellectual disability. Amended drawings have been completed for this home and Karingal is still obtaining costings for this project.
St Marks House, Balnarring
Application for Planning Permission from the MPSC has gone into Council. We recently met with the local Councillor David Gill to inform him of our current projects and he is most supportive. We are waiting on our partners Tipping Foundation to complete some legal requirements and we hope the next step will be the removal of the pine trees on the site to enable the soil to settle before building commences. We are having ongoing discussions with various suppliers in the hope that we can reduce the cost of the home with donations of building items etc. as the costing for the home came out well over budget. We need to lower the costings on this house to enable it to proceed without undue delay.
We are always on the lookout for more appropriate land close to facilities and from time to time we talk to other organizations and developers. We have developed some positive relationships that we hope will result in some fruitful outcomes shortly.
Charity Dinner Fundraiser
Committee Member Monica Holland is currently organizing our next high profile Charity Dinner on Thursday 20th April. It will be at the Award Winning Port Phillip Estate, Red Hill South with Guest Speaker Peter Moody former trainer of the amazing Black Caviar. Drew Morphett will be the MC and it should be a magic night with good food and wine in an wonderful setting overlooking Westernport Bay. Tickets at $160 pp are available from Monica Holland on firstname.lastname@example.org
Morning Coffee with other Carers
Committee members Marj Ross and Libby Reid would welcome you at the monthly coffee mornings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Carbine Café Racecourse Road Mornington. Contact Marj for details 0428 819036
JOY JARMAN President, Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc.
Candlebark Avenue, North Frankston - November 2016
This project initiated by FPC , another home for 6 adults to be managed by Karingal, is fully funded both for capital of $1.391 Million and all important recurrent funding;
It is very pleasing to see that this project is finally well on the way and completion anticipated to be mid 2017
Stillwater@Crittenden Fundraiser a Great Success
Many residents of Flinders and surrounds enjoyed a wonderful evening at Stillwater @ Crittenden Winery on October 13, 2016 which raised almost $29,000.
These funds will go towards our 2 current projects –a home in Balnarring (in conjunction with E.W. Tipping Foundation) and a home in McCrae (in conjunction with Karingal)
FLINDERS SINGERS 2016 CHARITY CONCERT
The Flinders Singers 13th very successful Charity Concert entitled “Welcome Winter with Song”, presented by Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc, was enjoyed at the Balnarring Hall on Sunday June 19.
The Flinders Singers, a well known Peninsula based choir presented choral items from various genres. In addition guest artists Rhys Warden - local singer/guitarist and the talented Yr. 12 Woodleigh School students Holly Heron and Lachlan Waite, delighted the audience with their performances
The Concert proceeds totalled $2215 which will assist in the construction of St. Marks’s House, Balnarring - a home for 5 Adults with Intellectual Disability and a Carer.
We sincerely thank the Flinders Singers, Guest Artists, Sponsors- Balnarring & District Community Bendigo Bank & Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Community for their ongoing and generous support.
Excellence in Personal and Community Support Award Winner
Housing Projects Progress Report
St Mark’s House Balnarring
After discussions between FPC and the Vicar and Congregation of St Marks Church Balnarring the Anglican Church agreed to lease 1800 sqm of land for 40 years to accommodate 6 adults with an Intellectual disability.
To get the home built FPC formed a partnership with The Tipping Foundation and both are contributing equally to the cost of the home. FPC has been able to secure its funds though community donations.
The advantage of the partnership is that once the building is completed The Tipping Foundation will be the Carer Organisation responsible for those in the home, and will also manage the asset. As such the lease will be between them and the Anglican Church.
The building has been custom designed to PLATINUM Standards to bring together current thinking, materials and technologies in a way that will allow the facility to provide exceptional amenity, convenience and quality of life to the residents in a supportive, practical and homely manner. The plans have been finalised and the permit process started.
Bayview Rd. McCrae
Representatives from Karingal and FPC have been meeting regularly and the plans for this group home for another 6 people with intellectual disability. This land has a wonderful position overlooking Port Philip Bay and the almost completed design of this home will make the most of this outlook.