A night to remember!

Posted on 27 August 2018
A night to remember!

On Friday 24 August, we held the Black and Gold themed Thorndale Gala Fundraising Dinner.

Everyone who attended had a great time in a jam-packed night full of entertainment, games and auctions including Sydney's number 1 rated magicians The Black Ties, party cover band Planet Groove and loads more!
The purpose of the night was to promote funds for a much needed state of the art sensory room which aims to provide support for those who have learning difficulties, developmental disability or sensory impairments living in our community. Total funds raised have not yet been confirmed.

We would like to thank our sponsors Paynter Dixon, Kingswood Florist & Creative Balloons, The Black Ties and Afford for helping us towards achieving our goal and putting on such an amazing event.

We would also like to thank Mayor of Penrith, John Thain and his fellow councillors, all our volunteers and everyone who attended for your support; we hope you all enjoyed your night!

Photos from the event can be found on our media and video page.

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Thorndale Connect Issue 6

Posted on 5 June 2018
Thorndale Connect Issue 6

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Alan's Story

Posted on 25 April 2018
Alan's Story
Alan commenced work with Thorndale Industries in May of 2014. Prior to working at Thorndale he spent 38 years on the railway and took a volunteer redundancy due to a decrease in his health.
He spent a year unemployed and in this time endured some health issues which saw him having an operation.
Alan heard about Thorndale through friends and also saw our Plasser Street location. He was successful in applying for a job in the
packaging warehouse and as the business expanded and we
relocated to our purpose built factory back on Rance Rd Werrington, Alan changed roles now working on the Recycling crew on a regular basis.
He assists staff to empty the charity bins across various sites in Penrith, Wetherill Park and the city. He works 4 days a week and every second Sunday due to an increased demand in the recycling
Alan is well liked by all his peers and is willing to assist anyone where he can, he regularly helps when there is overtime and has become an invaluable asset to the Thorndale Industries team.
Nothing would run smoothly without you and we look forward to many more years working together at Thorndale. Thankyou for your ongoing commitment and efforts.
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Melissa's Story

Posted on 10 April 2018
Melissa's Story
Melissa is a young woman with Downs Syndrome who has worked in our Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) since 2009. This year an opportunity became available for Melissa to move out of the family home and into supported accommodation into our newest home.

Although the move out of home has had some mixed emotions Melissa is happily enjoying living more independently with two other ladies. Whenever someone asks Melissa how she is enjoying her new home she responds "I love it".

Melissa and her other house mates enjoy showing their home off to family and friends and they have had the opportunity to do this by hosting people for morning and afternoon tea. Melissa proudly talks to her friends about the various meals she cooks and notes that spaghetti bolognaise is her favourite recipe.

Melissa also talks, with great enthusiasm, about doing housework and keeping her home neat and tidy!

Thorndale is pleased to have been able to provide this opportunity to support Melissa in living an independent lifestyle. Seeing people happy and enjoying the support we are able to provide reminds us why we do the things we do.

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Jonathan's Story

Posted on 7 April 2018
Jonathan's Story
Jonathan is a 19 year old man who, like most people his age, has many life experiences that he has yet to have the opportunity explore.

Jonathan has been working his way to increased independence with the support of Thorndale staff through one on one skill building and group activities.

Jonathan's Goals are to learn how to:

Use the mobile phone, how to text
Understand the value of money, go shopping and pay for my items
To get money out of the bank
Live independently
How to stay safe when I am home alone, and who to let in the door.
How to cross roads safely, especially in areas where there are no traffic lights or
pedestrian crossings
How to communicate confidently
Use public transport

In the 7 months since Jonathan received his NDIS Approved Plan, he has achieved many of his goals. His confidence and independence has increased immensely.
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