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Cara COVID-19 update on Tuesday, June 9

RESUMPTION OF CARA'S SHORT TERM ACCOMODATION (RESPITE) AND HOME & COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES

Dear Cara Community,

I am pleased to let you know that Cara is aiming to fully resume our Short Term Accommodation (Respite) and Home & Community Support services by the end of winter. We are taking a staged approach so we can carefully welcome back our customers and ensure we have all of the right processes in place for our customer and staff health and safety.

When will Respite and Home & Community support be back?
We will be welcoming back our customers throughout June, July and August, with the aim of having all Respite and Home & Community Support customers receiving services by the end of winter.

What do I need to do?
Nothing. Our wonderful Cara Connect team will contact you by phone – if they haven’t already – to discuss when we can offer you your next booking. We thank you for your patience as you wait for Cara Connect to phone you. However, if your circumstances have changed and you need support, please email contact@cara.org.au or phone 08 8347 4588.

What about Getaways, Camps for Kids and Kids Club?
Cara’s Getaways and Camps for Kids will remain paused for the time being. As Getaways and Camps have a focus on spending lots of time in the community, we are more restricted about where we can go.  We also want to make sure the venues and destinations where we stay and visit are safe and able to accommodate us. We are looking forward to seeing all of our Getaways and Camps customers as soon as possible and we will contact you as soon as we can. Kids Club will also remain paused while we assess the situation and the availability of our Kids Club host locations. We will be in touch as soon as we know more.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time
I would like to apologise for the hardship which the suspension of services may have caused you. Cara took a very considered and careful approach and temporarily suspended Respite and Home & Community Support services, as well as Getaways for adults, Camps for Kids, Kids Club and Port Lincoln Personalised Day Options in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a difficult decision which we made to ensure we could continue to provide supports to our most vulnerable customers who rely on Cara for their everyday lives.

Cara will always abide by State and Federal Government guidelines.
We recognise that the COVID-19 Pandemic is constantly changing. Cara always follows State and Federal Government guidelines and we recognise that we may need to change again in the future.

However, we will always communicate with you about what we are doing and why we are doing it. On behalf of everyone at Cara, thank you again for your patience and we look forward to seeing you soon.  

Yours sincerely,
Liz Cohen
Chief Executive, Cara

 

Cara COVID-19 update on Tuesday, May 12


AN UPDATE FOR VISITORS TO CARA’S SUPPORTED INDEPENDENT LIVING HOMES


Dear customers, families and friends,

At Cara, protecting the health and safety of our customers and our staff is our greatest priority. We are grateful for our Cara Community’s support for the changes that we have made to our services to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recognise that these restrictions, while necessary, may have been unsettling for you all.

No Cara customer has tested positive to COVID 19

At this time, no Cara customer has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and we would like to thank all of our customers, family and supporters for your cooperation and understanding of the measures that we have had in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our customers and our staff. We have seen some encouraging signs in South Australia with almost two weeks of zero new COVID-19 cases thanks to the commitment of all South Australians to social distancing measures.

Cara has a careful approach to easing restrictions to visitors at SIL homes
Cara continues to receive guidance from State and Federal Governments around our management of COVID-19, and we are pleased to be able to ease some of our existing restrictions to visitors at SIL homes. While we are easing restrictions, we will still be asking all visitors to practice social distancing, which is especially important for vulnerable people, including our customers with disability.

From Saturday May 16, close family and friends will be able to visit their loved ones in SIL, with some guidelines in place to ensure everyone’s safety at this time. We ask for your support with these strategies, which will include:         

  • All visits to be pre-arranged and booked with staff to avoid more than one set of customer’s visitors being in the home at same time.
  • Visits will be restricted to up to two people at a time for a period of up to 30 minutes.
  • Social distancing of at least 1.5m to be maintained where possible.
  • Please avoid hugging your family member and other customers who share your loved one’s home.
  • Staff will be making checks to make sure that you are well before you enter the home, that you have no signs of COVID-19 or the flu, and that you have not returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days.
  • We ask that you please meet in your loved one’s bedroom, and keep time spent in common areas, such as kitchens and living areas to a minimum.

We would prefer your loved one to remain in their home and not visit your home to minimise the risk of infection to them and those they live with.    
We will continue to work alongside our customers and their families to stay connected
Our staff will continue to work with your loved ones so you can stay connected through the use of technology including FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Skype, video calling and phone calls. We will also work with you to plan activities for you and your family member outside of the home, where appropriate, where social distancing is able to be maintained.

At this time, we are strongly advising our customers against taking part in day options or other large group activities. 

Please, stay home if you feel unwell
While we are easing some visitor restrictions to customer’s homes, we respectfully ask that you stay home if you feel unwell. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, the flu or any other contagious illness, it is important that you do not visit your loved one until you have recovered.

The flu season is fast approaching and this year, it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccination as soon as possible. The Australian Government is urging everyone (aged six months and over) to get the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is a simple, safe and effective way to protect yourself and others in your community against the flu. We are committed to preventing the spread of preventable illnesses at Cara. We recognise that our customers, children and adults with disability, are particularly vulnerable to infection. We are encouraging all of our Cara Community – staff, customers, their family and important people – to be vaccinated against the flu.

Thank you for your support
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Cara Connect on 08 8347 4588. Again, thank you for your ongoing support and understanding of the measures that we have put in place to protect our customer’s health and safety. Our senior leadership team are currently planning for Cara’s transition out of COVID-19, and we will continue to keep you updated as the situation changes. You will be receiving further information from us regarding the easing of restrictions in the community by the South Australian Government in the near future. 

Kind Regards,
Liz Cohen,
Chief Executive



Cara COVID-19 update on Friday, April 17

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Cara’s Procurement team has been working hard to source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks, P2 masks (where customers use equipment to assist with breathing, such as nebuliser, C-PAP, BIPAP machines), gloves, gowns and eye protection. Demand for PPE has soared around the world and Cara has had some of our shipments requisitioned by the Australian Government.

However, we have now received limited stocks of PPE that will be distributed to customer homes and Cara’s regional offices ready for use. At the time of writing, the current Australian Government advice was that healthy people who have no symptoms of COVID-19 should not be using masks.

We are taking a careful approach to customer and staff health and safety. Cara’s processes indicate when PPE should be worn by our staff, and by customers who can safely tolerate wearing masks. This means that our staff and customers may be wearing PPE more frequently. Use of PPE does not mean there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 for a customer or staff member. It means we are taking a careful approach to prevent any cold and flu symptoms spreading.  If you hear from your loved one that staff and customers are wearing PPE, it is no cause for alarm.

Cara’s processes for a customer or staff member testing positive for COVID-19
Should a customer test positive for COVID-19, Cara has careful processes in place to isolate customers where possible, dependent on their living situation.

Staff who test positive for COVID-19 would be on sick leave, as would any staff who are not well (for example, staff sick with a common cold, flu or virus). We are also vigilant about other health conditions that may affect our customers, separate to COVID-19. Cara will contact you:

If there is a positive COVID-19 result within your household, or your loved one’s household and it directly affects them, we will contact you. We respect and follow government regulations relating to the privacy of other customers and staff, so we may not be able to tell you the identity of the person who has been infected.

We will also contact you should your loved one become unwell, as per our usual processes. Cara will not contact you: As the pandemic continues, we will not contact you about further confirmed cases within the Cara Community, unless it directly affects you or your loved one. Thank you for your understanding.  

Keeping the Cara Community safe – it’s the responsibility of everyone
We are privileged to work with our customers in their homes and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously. Cara also needs to ensure the safety of our staff at work in people’s homes. 

Where possible, please explore remote ways of connecting with your loved ones. Cara staff can support customers to stay in touch with video calls including FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or Facebook Messenger video calling. There are also phone calls and even letter writing. Personal connections are so important and we will do everything we can to support them. If you are a customer and you need to have a loved one in your house, or you need to visit a customer in their home, please play your part in keeping everyone safe.

  • Only visit in person if you are completely healthy.
  • If you must visit in person, please observe social distancing and keep at least 1.5 metres (two arms’ lengths) away from other people. Don’t encourage people to come close to you or to staff.
  • Do not hug, kiss, high-five or shake hands with people to say hello or goodbye.
  • If you live in a share house and you have a visitor, we ask that you spend the visit in an outdoor area alone if possible or in your bedroom with the door closed and a window open.
  • Please help model social distancing to other people. It can be confusing for some people with disability if they see other people not following the same guidelines as has been explained to them.
  • Please avoid touching furniture, fixtures etc in common areas where possible. Staff have stepped up cleaning and sanitising people’s homes, especially high-touch areas like door knobs, handles, taps etc, but the less contact we all have, the better

It’s important that we all follow these guidelines so we can all stay safe. Others in the community look to see what everyone else is doing. We all play a part in leading by example.  

Cara is paying for flu vaccinations for customers and staff
It has never been more important to get vaccinated against the flu. The Australian Government is urging everyone (aged six months and older) to get the flu vaccine as a simple, safe and effective way to protect yourself and others in your community against the flu. At Cara, protecting the health and safety of our customers and staff is our highest priority.

We recognise that many of our customers are particularly vulnerable to infection. For people who cannot safely receive a flu vaccine, it’s important for the people around them to get vaccinated and help provide what’s known as herd immunity.

While the flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, it helps reduce the risk of fighting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which could make you very ill. Cara is urging all of our staff and customers to join the immunity community and get a flu vaccination to reduce the spread of preventable diseases. We are so committed to preventing the spread of the flu, that we are funding the cost of a flu vaccination (up to the value of $30) for all of our customers and staff this year.

Where our customers are not eligible for a free vaccine under the 2020 Annual Influenza Program, Cara will fund the cost of flu vaccinations for our customers. (Not including the cost of your GP appointment should you be immunised at your doctor). You will shortly receive further information about how you can apply to be reimbursed.

In the meantime, if you have a flu vaccination booked, please hold on to a copy of your invoice/receipt and a copy of your immunisation certificate as we will need this to reimburse you.

Thank you for your time and ongoing support during these times. We are all in this together and I am so proud of the way our Cara Community of customers, staff and families is working together as a team.

Please remember to stay in touch with us with your up-to-date email address, the Cara website at www.cara.org.au and Cara’s Facebook page.  

Yours sincerely  
Liz Cohen 

Cara COVID-19 update on Sunday, April 12

 

AN EASTER MESSAGE FROM OUR CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LIZ

Dear Cara Community

Easter looks very different around the world this year and it’s certainly different for our customers, families and staff in the Cara Community.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives. Around the world, it has caused great sorrow with tragic loss of life and devastating impacts on health, social, educational and economic systems.

As we all play our part to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections in Australia, most of us have swapped seeing our family and friends face-to-face for virtual catch ups. We’ve swapped travel for staying home. And we’ve swapped a meal out for a takeaway or home delivery.

But it’s what has not changed that is really important:
• Our connections to the people who matter to us,
• Our support for the people in our households, and;
• Our patronage for our favourite small businesses, like cafes and restaurants.

At Cara, we have the great privilege to work alongside incredible customers. Each person is an individual with their own hopes, fears, dreams and goals. We recognise and celebrate every customer as the unique person they are. We encourage their connections to family, friends and other important people and we celebrate them as valuable members of the South Australian community. Now, we’re supporting these connections in more creative ways, like video calls, phone calls, emails and even letter writing.

We also recognise that we work alongside some very vulnerable South Australians and we have had to make difficult decisions in order to prioritise their ongoing support. This means we have had to temporarily suspend some of our services. As Chief Executive, I sincerely apologise to everyone who has been affected by Cara’s service suspensions. I, and everyone at Cara, look forward to welcoming you back to these services as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding in these extraordinary times.

If your circumstances change and you are experiencing hardship, please contact our team at Cara Connect on 08 8347 4588 or email contact@cara.org.au to discuss how we may be able to support you.

We also recognise the dedication and ingenuity of our staff of Possible People in times like these. We know that our support workers work with Cara because they are passionate about the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. That’s true now, more than ever, as we find new ways to create fulfilling routines in our customers’ everyday lives.

Cara exists only because of the power of our humanity – customers, families and our staff who make up our Cara Community.

We are stronger than ever in times like this because we can work together.

On behalf of everyone at Cara, I wish you good health, strong connections and a hopeful outlook for the coming months. I wish you a happy Easter, however you choose to celebrate it. And I thank all of our staff of Possible People who are working so very hard in all areas of our organisation. A special shout out to everyone working over the long weekend.

Yours sincerely

Liz Cohen
Cara Chief Executive

 


Cara COVID-19 update on Wednesday, April 1

 

This week, we became aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) of a Cara staff member.

This staff member is based at Cara’s head office, and does not have any face-to-face contact with Cara customers.

Our staff member immediately self-isolated after they learned they had been in close contact with a person outside of the Cara community, who had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. This is in line with Australian Government guidelines. We have been working closely with SA Health and we have implemented our own precautionary measures in our management of this situation at our head office.

Cara has had a COVID-19 response plan in place, with careful planning around every possible scenario. All of our staff have completed infection prevention training and we have an emphasis on hand hygiene, including a range of resources for staff and customers to support good hand hygiene. Cara is working to secure stocks of highly-sought-after Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and this will be distributed if and when it is needed.

At Cara, we work alongside some of South Australia’s most vulnerable people and this is a responsibility we do not take lightly. We are focussed on protecting the health and safety of our customers and staff, and providing the best support possible in these difficult times.

We continue to follow Australian Government and State Government requirements in relation to COVID-19, and we will be regularly sharing updates on social media and on our website.

In the meantime, we are continuing to provide support to our staff member and the Cara Community wishes them all the best in their recovery.

Please note: We emailed all of our Cara customers and their nominated contacts earlier today. If you did not receive this email, please check your spam folders. You can update your latest email address (and other contact details) with our Cara Connect team by emailing contact@cara.org.au

 

 

Cara COVID-19 update on Thursday, March 26  

An update for our Cara Community on how Cara is responding to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Some of this information we’ve already shared but we thought it would be good to set it out in one place.  

 

Supported Independent Living supports are continuing

Cara has now requested that all non-essential visitors and contractors stop attending our Supported Independent Living (SIL) customers’ homes. We recognise that our SIL customers who rely on Cara’s supports 24/7 are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. We continue to work with customers, their families and other important people so they can maintain their important connections.  

 

Our high-risk customers have been identified as a priority

Customers who use CPAP, BIPAP, neublisers, atomising machines and who rely on oxygen are particularly at risk from COVID-19. These customers have appropriate supports. We have also reviewed risk assessments.

 

Most Short Term Accommodation, Home & Community Support and holiday options are suspended

Cara has suspended the majority of our Short Term Accommodation (STA), Home & Community Support (HCS) and holiday options, including Personalised Day Options in Port Lincoln, Kids Club, Camps for Kids and Getaways. Many of these services would be affected by government directions around social distancing. This approach is also to ensure we can continue providing support for our most vulnerable SIL customers who have limited or no outside support. We will continue working with STA and HCS customers with limited or no outside support for as long as possible.  

At Cara, we recognise our work is alongside some of the state’s most vulnerable people. This is a responsibility we do not take lightly. We have made difficult decisions around suspension early so as to provide as much notice as possible. We hope to be able to recommence our suspended services as soon as possible.  

 

Cara has a detailed plan on infection prevention and infection control

While no Cara customers or staff have reported testing positive to COVID-19, we have detailed plans in place should a customer or staff member return a positive COVID-19 test.  

 

All Cara staff have completed updated training on hand hygiene, infection prevention and infection control

This has been delivered through an online course, as well as virtual training sessions from our expert staff.  

 

Most office-based staff will be working remotely

This follows government recommendations around social distancing. All of our staff are contactable when working remotely and this is designed to ensure the continuation of important services to support our customers, families and our staff working directly with customers.  

 

Communication is key

Our customers and their families and important people have been communicated with by telephone by our Cara Connect team and then followed up with email information. We regularly post information on our Social Media channels and  here on the Cara website

 

Cara continues to seek supplies of sanitisation and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

These PPE supplies are ordered and distributed by our Procurement team to make sure supplies are available for customers and staff in SIL services. We are continually seeking new sources of these supplies, including hand sanitiser, disinfectant, gloves and masks as the COVID-19 Pandemic changes rapidly.  

If you work in a business or industry that has been suspended, and you have supplies of hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes or other supplies that you are able to donate to Cara, please email procurement@cara.org.au.  

 

Cara is recruiting new staff to keep up with demand

Cara is recruiting new staff from related industries, such as teaching and child care, as well as industries which have been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, including staff from the airline, hospitality and fitness industries. Candidates must pass the relevant clearances and their values must align with Cara’s values. Successful candidates will receive on-the-job training and be supported to obtain their qualifications in Disability. 

See all our current job vacancies and apply online here.

 

Cara will continue to plan and respond to evolving needs of our customers and staff of Possible People now and in the future.

 

 

Cara & the disability sector now hiring

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At a time when other businesses are shutting their doors and standing down employees, the disability support and aged care industries are ready to welcome these workers.

Non-profit disability provider Cara says it welcomes new staff from a range of industries as it needs more staff and it needs them now.

“Cara cannot and will not close during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not an option. We are expanding our workforce during this time,” Cara Chief Executive Liz Cohen says. 

“We support some of the state’s most vulnerable people with disabilities who rely on us for everyday support – anything from personal care, day-to-day living, right up to emotional support and mental health support.

“We have to keep operating and we’re ready for new staff to join us immediately in the coming months. Whether you stay with us for a short time or you start a new career with Cara, we need you.”

Some jobseekers, like School Support Officers (SSOs) or child care workers, will have obviously transferable skills., Other candidates will bring their own skill set which is valuable in its own way.

“To the people from the airline and hospitality industry, you have highly valued people skills. As soon as you have the relevant regulatory clearances to work with children and vulnerable adults, we’ll train you to work alongside our customers with disability to give them that incredible support.

“In times like this, it’s more important than ever that Cara’s customers have staff on whom they can rely. If you’re ready to make a step into one of the most rewarding careers there is, contact Cara today. You can see all our vacancies and apply online at www.cara.org.au/careers.”

Cara staff have been provided with extra training around infection prevention and the organisation has ample stocks of hygiene products like hand sanitiser, soap and personal protective equipment.

Cara has a Pandemic Response Plan in place with a long-term strategy to support its customers, especially those who are most vulnerable, to ensure they thrive during times of social distancing and self-isolation. Also, any staff who join Cara as permanent part-time or full-time staff will have immediate access to paid special leave should they need to self-isolate or become sick with COVID-19, Ms Cohen says. 

Cara support worker Penny Babaniotis, 24, says she welcomes new staff with diverse backgrounds to join her at Cara. 

“It’s amazing and fulfilling work, perfect for people who are interested in working with people,” Ms Babaniotis says.

“It’s pretty cool, too, because I work with a couple of women in their 20s like me, we really reminisce about things we watched on TV when we were children, we listen to music, joke about songs and it’s super fun, I love that.

“I get to work with customers doing community stuff, personal care – including some pretty vibrant hair-dye, from time to time, Emma loves it! – as well as support with cooking, independence and stuff like that.  

“We all bring something different to the table and it’s awesome to be able to connect. My customers are super-fashionable, too – everyone has their own style and I love how on-trend they are with their clothes and hair.”

Jobseekers can see all Cara’s vacancies and apply online at www.cara.org.au/careers

 

COVID-19 information from Cara - Latest information on Thursday, March 19

Dear Cara Community

We are planning for every scenario which could arise from the COVID-19 situation. We have a Pandemic Response plan in place which we have implemented and we are working with all of our customers, their important people and our staff of Possible People to respond to this situation.

Our Executive team has been in meetings with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the Commonwealth Department of Human Services, SA Health and Disability SA to discuss strategies that will affect our customers. This senior leadership team is meeting daily and is in constant contact so Cara can respond as the situation changes.

Special leave provisions for staff who have to self-isolate due to the Australian Government’s guidelines around COVID-19 are available. Staff who can work remotely are doing so with office-based staff working on alternate days to each other. We do this to prevent infection and ensure our office-based staff can provide continual support to our staff working directly with customers.

At Cara, we work alongside some of South Australia’s most vulnerable people and it is a responsibility we do not take lightly. We are focussed on providing the best support possible in these difficult times.

If you have questions about Cara’s COVID-19 response, you can phone Cara Connect on 8347 4588 or email connect@cara.org.au General information about COVID-19 can be found at www.health.gov.au

Thank you for working together with us.

Liz Cohen, Cara Chief Executive

 

COVID-19 information from Cara - Latest information on Monday, March 16

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You will all have read and heard a lot of information and media coverage about the global spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Emergency planning is well underway to deal with the spread of the virus in Australia.

Here at Cara, we are committed to keeping our customers, children and adults with disability, and our staff of Possible People safe. One of our values is ‘We are Careful’ and taking a careful approach of our management of the COVID-19 outbreak is extremely important to us.

Cara has measures in place in an effort to protect our customers, employees and families from the spread of the virus.

We will also regularly update our website and Cara's Facebook page.

We are continuing to follow the advice of Commonwealth and State Governments and regulatory bodies for staff who have returned from overseas locations. We are reviewing our policies and procedures and have developed a Cara COVID-19 Response Plan to ensure that the quality of our service continues during these challenging times.

What are we doing to help prevent the spread of the virus in our Cara Community?

We are also stepping up our infection prevention processes at customers’ homes, Cara services and Cara offices, which includes but is not limited to:  

  • Ensuring staff follow current self-isolation requirements, as set out by the Commonwealth Government.
  • Postponing any events or large-scale meetings which could present a risk to our Cara Community – this includes the postponement of our Possible Picnic at the Adelaide Zoo on Sunday, April 5. Customers would have received a hard copy invitation in the mail. We will advise a new date in the future and thank you for your understanding as we postpone this event.
  • Communicating to staff and visitors to our sites about the importance of staying home if they are unwell;
  • Increasing the amount of hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes and other cleaning solutions available to staff to clean customers’ homes and promote the importance of good hand hygiene amongst our staff - staff can follow their normal procedure to order supplies.
  • Providing regular updates to staff, customers and families about our infection control measures and pandemic planning as the situation changes.  

What does this mean for you?

We value everyone in our Cara Community, and supporting the health and safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority. This is a situation that is continuing to evolve and we'll continue to keep in touch with you.  We will be providing regular updates to our Cara Community by email. If you are a customer or an authorised customer contact and you have not received any of our COVID-19 email communications, please contact our Cara Connect team and provide your email address so that we can keep you up to date. You can contact Cara Connect by telephone on 08 8347 4588 or via email at connect@cara.org.au to update your details.  

If you have any specific questions relating to individual situations, please contact SA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Branch (24 hours, 7 days a week) on 1300 232 272. We ask our customers and their important people to support our infection control processes and protect people with disability as they have been identified by health experts as a vulnerable group.

Please do not visit customer homes or other Cara services at this time if you:

  • Are required to self-isolate. The most up-to-date information is at www.health.gov.au; Have been in contact with a recently confirmed case of COVID-19, or
  • Are unwell, especially if you have symptoms cough, shortness of breath and fever.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Cara Connect team on 08 8347 4588. Thanks to everyone in our Cara Community for working together during this time.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latest information as at Friday, March 6, 2020

At Cara, the safety of our customers, children and adults with disability, and our staff, is our highest priority.

As everyone would be aware, in South Australia, emergency planning is well underway to deal with the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the State.

There are a number of measures that have been implemented by Commonwealth and State Governments to meet minimum World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, and Cara is adhering to these guidelines with staff who have returned from overseas travel destinations that are considered high risk of transmission for the virus.

We are also stepping up our infection control processes across our services, and at our head office.

This is a situation that is continuing to evolve and we'll continue to update our customers and families. We are developing our own COVID-19 response plan to ensure that the quality of our service provision continues for everyone that we support.

The Australian Government is providing regular updates HERE

 

 

 

Mount Gambier disability leader awarded scholarship prize

Cara has named Mount Gambier's Kylie Withers as the recipient of their 2018 Nicole Senter Scholarship.

Cara awards the Nicole Senter Scholarship every two years in honour of the late Nicole Senter, a Cara customer and Board Director who was renowned for her grit, determination and love of learning.

Open to Cara staff who are Australian citizens or permanent residents and studying beyond their Certificate III or IV in disability, the scholarship will see Kylie receive $5000 towards further study.

Media release

 

Welcome to the new Home of Possible

Cara's two offices at Woodville and Glenunga have combined. Now, all of our Possible People are located at the corner of Adam and Manton Streets, Hindmarsh.

Cara has grown so much with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) we simply couldn’t fit all of our staff at our old office locations.

Our new office is easily-accessible with public transport on the city fringe (we're just behind the Entertainment Centre) and it’s fully accessible for people of all abilities.

Our teams can more easily work together to get on with Cara’s most important business of all – finding possible for the children and adults with disability whom we work alongside.

You’ll find all of Cara’s office-based staff at Unit 1, 2-4 Adam St, Hindmarsh 5007 (enter off Manton St). 

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Camping fun for children with disability in South East

Children and teenagers with disabilities are on Cara’s first-ever South East Camps for Kids camp.  

Seven campers with disabilities have been staying in Robe from Tuesday April 17 to Thursday, April 19.  

Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Camps for Kids offers children and teens with disabilities the chance to learn, grow in their independence and, most importantly, have fun while they’re doing it.  

Cara Service Manager Kylie Withers says everything the campers experience is designed to support them towards independence.

Media release

 

Learning for life at Cara’s Camps for Kids in Wallaroo

Learning life skills has never been more fun at Cara’s Camps for Kids.  

Twelve campers with disabilities are staying on the Yorke Peninsula from today (Monday, April 12) to Thursday, April 19.  

Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Camps for Kids offers children and teens with disabilities the chance to learn, grow in their independence and, most importantly, have fun while they’re doing it.  

Cara Camps for Kids Team Leader Hannah Woolford says everything the campers experience is designed to support them towards independence.  

Media release

 

Wonderland Awaits at Willochra Camp For Kids

Children living with disabilities will experience all the fun of a winter wonderland this week, at one of Cara’s annual Camps for Kids.

The camp, taking place in Willochra from Tuesday, July 18 to Friday, July 21, allows children and teenagers with disabilities to experience adventure, fun and try new things.

The camp, now in its third year, will host 20 campers aged 10 to 17, with the support of 20 student volunteers from Trinity College Gawler as well as Cara’s expert support staff.

The campers will get to experience a variety of different activities including lunch with the Port Pirie Lions and a visit to Gladstone Gaol. Campers will also be browsing local op-shops for a winter wonderland disco dressup for the final evening celebrations.

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Camp fun is an annual event for girls with disabilities in Clare

All aboard the fun train! Girls and teenagers with disabilities will be visiting the Clare Valley Model Trains tomorrow from about 10.30am as one of the fun activities for children of all abilities at Cara’s annual Camps for Kids.

It’s one of the traditions of the annual camp, which happens with the fantastic support of Lions Club of Clare as well as other local organisations and businesses.

Camps for Kids team leader Kelsey Ulstrup says “the Clare Lions Club are the foundation of this camp, they organise all the activities and provide all the food. We are so grateful for their support”.

Volunteers from the Clare Valley Model Trains donate the service to the campers, volunteers and Cara staff and it’s one of the highlights of the camp. Also on the agenda is a visit to the Blyth Cinema, which is fully booked out for Cara’s campers and also donated.

This camp in Clare is for girls only as another camp in January, the Jack Roberts Camp, is for boys only. For the rest of the year, boys and girls attend Cara camps together.

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Sensory & Adventure Garden officially opens in Port Augusta

People of all abilities will be able to enjoy Cara’s new Sensory & Adventure Garden after it officially opens in Port Augusta West tomorrow (Friday, November 18) from 10.30am.

The Sensory & Adventure Garden was voted for by the community in the Fund My Idea round, with $20,000 in funding granted from the Government of South Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA).

The garden has grown in the yard of one of Cara’s disability respite houses in Port Augusta West, creating a sensory oasis to delight people of all abilities. Among the garden’s features is a sensory path with different textures, so anyone walking or using a wheelchair can feel the change in the terrain. There’s a wall of sound where garden-goers can create their own beautiful, unique noise, scented plants to close the eyes and inhale, a water feature with trickling brook, trampoline, water and sand play, vegetables in raised garden beds and a swing to while away the hours.

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The Good Guys Mile End introduce Australia-first ‘Quiet Hour’ shopping for people with autism and sensory overload

The TVs will be switched off, the fluorescent lights dimmed and its music lowered, as The Good Guys Mile End trials its first ever ‘Quiet Hour’ of shopping this Saturday, June 4 from 8.30am to 9.30am at the Mile End Homemaker Centre, off Railway Tce, Mile End.

Recognising that the average shopping experience can be overwhelming for someone with autism, The Good Guys Mile End is partnering with Cara, one of South Australia’s largest disability-services providers, to make shopping more inclusive in what’s believed to be a national first.

Staff from Cara’s Specialist Services team have worked with The Good Guys team members to make shopping at The Good Guys a more calming experience.

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Cara Camp for Kids in Port Lincoln in May

From horse and carriage rides, swimming with creatures of the deep or a friendly BBQ, Port Lincoln and Tumby Bay people, clubs and businesses have thrown their support behind Cara’s annual Camp for Kids.

The camp, taking place in Port Lincoln from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30, allows Eyre Peninsula children and teenagers who have disabilities to experience adventure, fun and try new things.

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New look for Cara

Cara, one of South Australia’s largest disability-services providers, celebrates 21 years of operation with a refreshed look.

It comes as Cara expands to provide services in the Yorke Peninsula and the South East, supporting adults with disabilities in Kadina and Mt Gambier.

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