Five ways for dealing with stress

The Camden Transition to Work group have been discussing ways of dealing with stress. We found five very good healthy techniques for managing stress on the website of the American Psychological Association.

  • Take a break from the stressor. It may seem difficult to get away from a big work project, a crying baby or a growing credit card bill. But when you give yourself permission to step away from something that is causing you stress, doing something else can help you look at your challenges from a new perspective. Alternatively you can practice techniques that will make you feel less overwhelmed. It’s important to not avoid your stress completely (those bills have to be paid sometime), but even just 20 minutes to take care of yourself is helpful.

NOVA Transition Blacktown looks towards the Paralympic Games

The NOVA Transition group at Blacktown recently talked about, and did some research on, the upcoming Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. We discovered that 160 Australians will be competing in these games, which will be held from the 7th to the 18th of September 2016.

Australia was very successful at the last Paralympics, which were held in London in 2012. We won 32 gold, 43 silver and 43 bronze medals across many different sports. Some of the Australian athletes who did especially well were:

Annaliese employed for over one year

Annaliese was a participant in NOVA Transition in 2014/2015. During this time, she developed into a mature and responsible young lady. She learnt many valuable skills such as choosing appropriate clothing for the workplace, how to travel on public transport and how to go for a job interview. In the video below, she tells us about what she learnt at NOVA Transition, her new life as an employee and how she has changed since being employed.

Sharks CEO visits Caringbah outlet

The Caringbah Transition to Work Program had a special visit from Lyall Gorman last month. Lyall Gorman is the Cronulla Sharks CEO and is currently overseeing 650 apartments being developed next to Shark Park which will secure the organisations financial viability. Lyall has a long career in sports management and is the former CEO of both the Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Looking after ourselves

At Bankstown Transition to Work, we have a big focus on fitness, healthy eating and looking after ourselves. We are conscious of the fact that if we don’t feel good physically, it’s going to be harder to motivate ourselves to find and maintain employment. That’s why we practice our cooking skills on a regular basis, learn about healthy options for snacks and drinks and how to keep fit and healthy.

Last week we did an exercise where we had to feed 12 people on a budget of just $40. As a group of trainees we had to research recipes we would like to cook and then vote for the one we liked best.

Focus on Ability

Focus on Ability short film competition

Ever wanted to make a movie? Or star in one?

Why not give it a go?

NOVA Employment is running the annual Focus on Ability Short Film Competition for the eighth year in a row.

All you need to do is:

  • make a short film of less than five minutes that showcases the ability of people with disability
  • send it to us using this entry form to NOVA Employment by 30 June 2016.

Simple isn’t it?

Independence is important

Independence is Important for People with Disability

At Hurstville NOVA Transition we think independence affects every aspect of our lives, including travel, chores, leisure, health and education. When you’re independent, it’s easier to find and keep a job.

Being independent also changes the way we feel about ourselves. At Hurstville NOVA we trainees have developed self-confidence when we’ve learnt to be in control of our own safety, be responsible for pets or do our own laundry. With more independence, we rely less on other people and can help others when we how something is done. It can make you feel powerful!

Travel training

At NOVA Transition, trainees learn how to travel independently. To do this we research different travel options on Google Maps and Transport NSW, checking timetables, access and prices.

Whenever we go somewhere as a group, we catch public transport so that people can practise going to new places by train and bus.  NOVA’s travel training also involves helping a trainee access work experience, if they’re not familiar with the route or transport options. The Job Coach will meet a trainee in a particular place at a certain time and travel with them to the place they need to go. The aim is to enable the trainee to feel comfortable travelling to the work-experience placement on their own.

Six lives changed!

Short of job seekers, long on jobs, the lives of a further 6 people were changed today as they entered the workforce (2 for the first time). Previous blog posts have spoken to the need for new job seekers and the increased and improving demand for NOVA's assistance in placing people who have a disability into what is referred to in the trade as 'open employment' - that's a job just like everyone else, same pay and conditions, same expectations and responsibilities, same rights.

Just the best!

The video below shows off our 2015 Transition to Work graduation night.

The team at NOVA Employment are the finest men and women I have ever known and their achievements in transforming the lives of so many leave me at a loss for words.

To everyone that supported us and particularly to the terrific trainees who worked so hard to earn their place in the workforce - well done and thank you for your inspiration.

Snap your fingers!

Snap your fingers.

Can we agree that is 1 second?

Take $539 out of your wallet (I know, you should be so lucky) and dispose of as you see fit. Repeat every second, for every minute of every day, every year.


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