Uniting Annual Report 2019-2020

Bringing joy with Moove & Groove.

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In FY20, older people faced the unexpected vulnerability brought on by COVID-19. Making the health and safety of residents and clients our absolute priority, also meant they weren’t always able to have their families visit, or enjoy their usual activities.”

So, to keep the residents of our aged care homes active and engaged, we got on board with Moove & Groove. It’s an online program offering audio and visual content that’s been curated specially for seniors. Using silent disco headphones, and a wide range of podcasts, music and videos, many in multiple languages, it’s providing connection, stimulation and purpose at the simple click of a button.  

 

The Moove & Groove technology was adapted to support a Virtual Visitor Program, allowing family and friends to join in the online fun, maintaining physical distancing while strengthening social connections during COVID-19. This innovative technology has facilitated conversations with the ‘outside world’ that have brought much laughter and shared joy. One of our hearing-impaired residents was thrilled to be chatting from her second-storey balcony to a loved one in the street below.

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This is really revolutionising care for our residents, especially those with dementia.” 

– Georgene McNeil, Dementia Behaviour Specialist and Practice Lead, Uniting NSW.ACT

All kids need access to early learning.

Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, sharing the positive impacts of the Links to Early Learning pilot program.

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This year, Uniting partnered with Sydney Alliance and the City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council to secure 19 free childcare placements for the children of asylum seekers, as part of the Links to Early Learning (L2EL) pilot program.”

In less than 12 months, the families taking part in the program have noticed an improvement in their children’s English reading and writing skills. At an event celebrating Canterbury-Bankstown Council’s ongoing commitment to the program, one mother shared how she’s watched her daughter become more confident, no longer hiding behind her in social situations. While they walk to childcare, her daughter creatively makes up songs about their journey.

 


Families seeking asylum in Australia have no access to the federal childcare subsidy, which puts early childhood education and care out of their reach.

This makes it harder for children to be prepared for starting school and for parents to focus on their own learning or work.

 

Alex Hogan, Social Justice Advocate, said the celebration was a chance to recognise and congratulate Canterbury-Bankstown Council for improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the community:

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Too often kids on bridging visas start school without any prior early learning experience, limited social interaction, and with little English. With this program, we’re setting kids up to flourish, giving them the skills and experience they need for a smooth transition into primary school and beyond.”