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The Disability Blog

Three reasons why Rick and Tim chose Marriott House.

  15 December 2017
Tim at GESAC
Three reasons why Rick and Tim chose Marriott House.

When Tim was finishing school he and his Dad, Rick looked for a place for Tim for the following year. They visited a number of disability services and chose Marriott House at our Community Hub.

Here’s why.

Wow, what a year!! The Roads to Independence Tuesday group reflects on the year.

Shane at ARTVO
Wow, what a year!!

This year has been really busy. We got to do a lot of creative things and saw a lot of art, like going to the National Gallery Victoria, the Ian Potter Gallery, McClelland Gallery, ACMI, ARTVO and more.

The state of volunteering in the disability sector.

  11 December 2017
group of Deloitte volunteers
Last week ABC News reported on falling numbers of people offering to volunteer in the disability sector. It suggested that people think the NDIS roll out means that their volunteering is no longer needed.
Our CEO, Dan Romanis responds.

We celebrate our success and look to the opportunities ahead.

  27 November 2017
On Thursday 112 people celebrated our achievements over the last year, here are some highlights.
Nick Staikos, MP for Bentleigh, who has been involved in the community since being elected to Glen Eira Council at the age of 19, reflected on how well we are connected to our community.

We speak directly to government on NDIS rollout.

  14 November 2017
Yesterday a Roundtable discussion was convened by Tim Wilson, Federal member for Goldstein, and the Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services to hear from local disability services, families and advocates about challenges with the NDIS. Marriott Support Services was represented by our Board Chair, Virginia Rogers, together with Dan, Janine and Sarah.

Metro Trains win a new contract, but can we please have station toilets open!

  14 September 2017
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This week Metro Trains have secured a further 7 year contract with new conditions and penalties.
The new conditions will include spot audits, quarterly “mystery shoppers” surveys to assess passenger experience and a host of new or increased penalties.
Victorian Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the deal was created with passengers in mind.

How Marriott helps people overcome barriers to get and stay in work.

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Getting and keeping a job can be tough, especially if you have an anxiety disorder.

Around 2 million people in Australia suffer with anxiety disorders and this can be a significant barrier to work.

At Marriott Support Services (MSS) we know employment is important for people to build skills, financial independence, confidence and a future. We support people to gain and keep employment and part of that is supporting people to overcome barriers like anxiety.

“My confidence grew because I was supported”, Jane from Marriott Industries.

Jane with Alex
Jane really enjoys working at Marriott Industries and after 8 years what Jane particularly likes is the variety of jobs and the people she works with.
It’s important for Jane to have variety in her work and to have opportunity to keep learning.
Jane enjoys many jobs but her favourite is the spice room.

Conversations I have had

  NDIS
  22 August 2017
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Today I spoke with a parent who “did not want anything to do with the NDIS”.

The anxiety and frustration in their voice was completely understandable.
It is natural from what we have heard in the press to wonder what supports will continue and many people are afraid they will lose supports.

Coffee with a Cop

group photo with cops
On Tuesday 8th of August 2017 the Tuesday Roads to Independence (RTI) group had coffee with a cop.

We planned this outing by writing some questions down before we went out.