It is with sadness we announce the Copy Centres in Castlemaine and Gisborne will be closing in December this year. Kyneton will remain open. Here is a message from CEO Chris O'Connor:

This has been a very difficult but necessary decision to make. We have communicated with staff already and provided a press release
to local media. We will be providing information to customers as well. These two documents explain the reasons behind the decision and also the future plans for supporting our staff and supported employees.

We have begun conducting meetings with staff and supported employees to go through the issues involved with this decision.

Some of our supported employees may choose through their NDIS plans to not pursue work into the future and therefore may join community participation options. However, whatever, individuals choose we want to support them through this difficult

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas about this, please let me know: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thanks, Chris

Our Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 16th November.
There are some important documents relating to the AGM.
1. Report by the Board
2. DRAFT - Windarring constitution
3. Form of appointment by proxy.
We are trying to upload these documents here to the website but we're having a bit of trouble.
Please email Danielle at Windarring to have them emailed to you:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



advoki has been developed by Disability Advocacy Network Australia Limited (DANA) to support advocacy for people with disabilities in connection with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
DANA is committed to the vision of an Australia that includes and values people with disabilities and respects human rights for all. Thoughtful use of NDIS funded services and supports can make a strong contribution to achieving this vision.
Whether you are a person with a disability, a family member or an independent disability advocacy agency, we aim to inform you about the rights and entitlements of people with disabilities under the NDIS and about how to engage with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to achieve supports that suit the wishes and circumstances of a person with disability. You can browse the site for general information or use the main navigation menu and search function to find information about specific issues. There are also options below to ask a question, provide feedback or submit a case study for inclusion on this site.

Hot off the press (so to speak!). Enjoy reading about what Windarring has been up to over the past month. If you enjoy reading our newsletter PLEASE be part of the story. Send a photo of something you've been doing, or a little story about something that has happened. Windarring is very diverse in its activities and the people it supports. ALL stories are worthy and we love sharing. Just think of our newsletter like one big dinner table where we're all welcome to sit around and tell each other about what's been going on in our own lives. Some stories are serious, some are about dates we all need to remember and some stories are just funny. If you're associated with Windarring in any way then we would love you to contribute to YOUR newsletter.

If you'd like to receive our newsletter by email then please send your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to downlaod a PDF of the Windarring August 2016 newsletter

WND Newletter August 16


Ready or not, the National Disability Insurance Scheme was rolled out nationwide on 1 July. 
The $22 billion per year scheme – which doubles the level of public funding for disability – is Australia’s biggest social policy project since Medicare. It promises to put people with disability in the driver’s seat by offering more choice and control, and it’s been widely welcomed by the sector. But transitioning to a new system is not without teething problems, both for service providers and people with disability.

Can Not for Profits stand out in a competitive market? Do people with disability know their rights? How do they navigate the system? And can the national agency overseeing the system cope with the mammoth task?

In the first episode of a three-part series, Not for Podcast investigates whether the sector is NDIS ready.
Featured in the first episode:
• Natasha Hudson, CEO and Founder of Coforte  Consulting, assisting organisations to become NDIS ready
• Liz Forsyth, General Manager of Customer Experience at Northcott
• NDIS participant Zane McKenzie, public speaker and educator both independently and for Not for Profit Scope
• Craig Wallace, President of People With Disability Australia

These links take you to the ProBono Australia / Not For Podcast page.
Look for Podcast number 9 - Is Disability NDIS Ready?
Listen to Part 1 (of 3) here >>
Or you can download a PDF of the transcript here >>
Copy and paste the url if the links do not work.

We have so many wonderful people who are part of our wider Windarring community. With over 150 participants, their parents, carers and friends and approximately 100 volunteers and staff, there is always so much going on here. There’s always stories to tell and information to share. Sometimes Windarring hasn’t always been consistently good at telling these stories so we have decided to focus on this to ensure that our whole community gets to hear and share in each other’s activites and successes.

We're now going to be more regular with our newsletters. To reflect our community there’ll be a mix of articles about what’s happening here, stories about our people, relevant information about services and developments — and always something about the NDIS. Maybe not all the information will be relevant to everyone all the time. Our audience is diverse, both geographically and in their interests but we hope everyone gets something out of it. We also see the newsletter as a good way to promote Windarring to people in our wider localities who currently do not use our services.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of our July Newsletter.

We welcome any feedback, as well as your stories and photos for the August newsletter.



water therapy

Windarring CHAPD is a local disability service provider that recognizes the value of water-based activities for people with disability.  Swimming and hydrotherapy activity allows people the opportunity to experience the tactile sensation of water in a fun and safe environment while encouraging an active lifestyle.

A recent fundraising effort has enabled Windarring to secure an Active Standing Hoist on behalf of the community which was presented to Kyneton Toyota Sports and Aquatic Centre today.  The presentation was attended by Councillors John Connor and Ian Ellis, representatives of Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Allison Horley from Lions Club and Windarring CEO, Chris O’Connor.

Read more: Water activities just got easier for people with limited mobility

stepping stones

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects 1% of the population and which encompasses a broad range of conditions ranging from mild to very complex.

A group of Masters occupational therapy students from Latrobe University in Bendigo were commissioned to undertake a project to identify Autism specific needs, challenges and opportunities in Central Victoria.  Working together with Windarring and the Macedon Ranges Autism Network the students undertook a survey of clients, carers and support staff which provided useful insights for the students to base their findings.

The students today presented their “Staff Resource Booklet for Autism Spectrum Disorder” which gives in-depth recommendations for the type of services and the best method of service delivery for people affected by Autism.  Recommendations include the development of individualized programs and goal setting, providing up to date training for staff and the value of additional allied health services.

Read more: Stepping Stones for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Central Victoria


Dog at Home Michael Gough



Where we live and what makes a place “home” has a different meaning for us all.  The artists at Windarring have been exploring ideas to demonstrate their sense of feeling and space that represents what home means for them.  Using primarily acrylics on canvas, Windarring artists have each created a beautiful representation that will be on show at The Chamber Art & Coffee House in High Street, Woodend with an exhibition titled “This is Where I Live”.




Read more: Encouraging Inclusion Through Art

Wind bat 2

On a sunny day in January, the Axe Creek Cricket Club in Bendigo travelled to Kyneton to play a game against participants from Windarring. The time frame was short notice however the incumbent coach, team manager and 12th man John Forster put together a team of aspiring cricketers that did Kyneton proud.




Read more: Howzat!
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