Giuseppe’s New Job
photo of DES participant

Posted On August 16, 2018

Giuseppe migrated to Australia from Italy a few years ago, but as a new migrant to a new country, getting into the workforce can be quite a challenge. He didn’t let his disability prevent him from trying to find a new job to support his wife, two kids and extended family members. It was important […]

A Sunday Sausage Sizzle for Penrith Group Home
clients bbq

Posted On August 16, 2018

Our Penrith group home residents sizzled up a barbeque at Nurragingy Reserve last weekend. The Sunday morning kicked off nice and early with the residents going to the shops to buy the ingredients themselves, supervised by Afford staff. They found all the ingredients they needed and through their shopping and money handling skills were able […]

Demystifying the NDIS Jargon

Posted On August 14, 2018

Are you accessing the NDIS for yourself or your loved ones? Perhaps the myriad of terms and wording that goes along with the NDIS is getting a bit daunting or technical. Doing your research and understanding the terminology will help you take full advantage of all that the NDIS can provide you or your loved […]

Afford’s Got Talent
afford's got talent

Posted On August 9, 2018

We’ve got talent yes we do, we’ve got talent how about you? Afford held their annual talent show last Friday night the 3rd of August, and the talent was unbelievable! Held at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith, the night kicked off with a buzz as our brightly dressed, bow tied and glitter covered […]

We’ve got our own boyband in the making
affords got talent

Posted On August 9, 2018

Watch out Backstreet Boys – we’ve got our own boyband in the making. Three participants from our SLES program got together for a performance like no other at Afford’s Got Talent, they performed Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” in sign language. Jarrod had the idea to dedicate a song for his girlfriend. How romantic! Then Brenton who […]

Prestons SLES Getting Customer Service Qualified

Posted On August 1, 2018

For school leavers looking for job opportunities, customer service is an absolutely essential skill particularly for retail and hospitality. So our Prestons SLES participants have been completing a Customer Service course over the past 12 weeks. The purpose of this course was to give the trainees an insight to the hospitality and retail industry, as […]

Step right up! The circus has come to town
Circus comes to town

Posted On July 31, 2018

Step right up, step right up! The circus has come to town… Lurnea Day Program held its monthly site party on Thursday the 26th of July, the theme was Circus! Everyone celebrated in style, dressing up in colourful costumes. Lurnea Day Program holds monthly themed parties as a way to celebrate all staff and clients […]

Windsor’s Musical Debut Coming Up!

Posted On July 31, 2018

Windsor Day Program clients love their weekly Music Therapy program and they’ve picked up a few new instruments this year, whether it’s the tambourine, the bells or the guitar. Some have been warming up their singing voices all ready to go for Afford’s Got Talent. Yes, that’s right! The group from Windsor Day Programs are […]

Elizabeth blooms at Sundown Nursery job

Posted On July 30, 2018

Elizabeth one of our clients at Afford Employment (DES) was eager to find a new job. Previously she was placed into a job at a fruit and vegetable supermarket, but felt that the nature of the role didn’t suit her strengths. Although she has some health barriers, she’s a very enthusiastic worker, all she needed […]

Sun and Fun at Club Afford Qld
club afford

Posted On July 25, 2018

What’s a weekend without a little bit of fun? For many of us, weekends are a chance to either put our feet up or go outdoors and attend events. For families where someone has a disability, it’s important that there are supervised and accessible options. That’s why at Afford Queensland, we are enthusiastically offering our […]

Trytime Brother’s Football Team trains with The Blues
Trytimes Champion

Posted On July 25, 2018

Many of our clients at Afford love sport and need an avenue to be able to play together in a friendly and competitive spirit. That’s why we established the Trytime Brother’s Football 3 years ago. Since then it has been very successful in creating friendships, encouraging team work and promoting healthy lifestyle choices. Recently on […]

Charmain Sets Her Sights On World Summer Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Posted On July 25, 2018

A huge congratulations to Charmain Ward from Ingleburn ADE who has been selected for the World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi 2019 for Bocce. Last Friday while Charmain was busy shopping for dinner, she glanced at her emails and saw a letter from the Special Olympics confirming her selection. Oh boy was she excited! She […]

Afford’s Colourful Appearance at Source Kids Disability Expo Qld
source kids

Posted On July 19, 2018

Afford made a colourful appearance at the Source Kids Disability Expo from 6 to 7 July at the Brisbane Convention Centre. The event gathered the latest disability product and service providers with some incredible speakers. The Expo focussed on accessibility and flexible disability service options for people with disability. Afford was included as a stand […]

True Blue Visits Wiseman’s Ferry
Afford day trips

Posted On July 19, 2018

Who doesn’t love a nice day out with friends? At Afford, our Group Home residents enjoy many outings to road trips and hikes where they enjoy the great outdoors and have a laugh with their friends. Just recently, True Blue residents took a lovely road trip to Wiseman’s Ferry and had a picnic near the […]

Afford Funathon Creates Smiles All Around
Afford funathon

Posted On July 19, 2018

It was an explosion of colour, excitement and competition at this year’s much loved and highly anticipated Afford FUNATHON! Held at Blacktown Sports Park this week, Afford clients, staff and friends and family attended the event to enjoy a fun-filled day of activities while also getting to meet some special sporting celebrities. The day was […]

Former residents and carers farewell Cherrywood Village
cherrywood farewell

Posted On July 11, 2018

After many years, around 50 former residents, Afford staff and carers gathered together to offer a fond farewell to Cherrywood Village. Cherrywood Villages was home to a group of residents who would get involved in many activities that develops life and social skills. Many tears were shed as attendees talked about the friends they met […]

Our SLES Trainees Exploring Job Opportunities
SLES team

Posted On July 11, 2018

One of the best ways to find a job you’ll love is to explore different industries. Recently our SLES Trainees from the Prestons program travelled to Liverpool Catholic Club for a fun filled and educational industry visit to explore the different jobs and career opportunities. The trainees had the opportunity to meet Mark Russell CEO at LCC, who […]

Afford’s Animal Therapy Program on Channel 9!
channel 9 animal therapy

Posted On July 4, 2018

Afford’s Cherrywood Friendship Farm starred on Channel 9’s Weekend Today on the 30th June. The stage was set and boy oh boy, did we rock it!  Congratulations to the Afford team, in particular those involved with the Bushbred Horse Assisted Learning program who have helped us gain so much recognition nationally! On the day of […]

Oran Park says ‘Farewell John’
johns farewell

Posted On July 3, 2018

Oran Park Day Program held a Carers event recently where they invited all clients parents and guardians to celebrate their loves one’s achievements and progress. While most of the Oran Park Day Program Carers Events are well attended and generate great discussion, last Friday’s Carer Event was the most amazing one yet. There was a […]

Afford’s SLES Trainees Achieved Barista Training
barista course

Posted On June 26, 2018

Would you like a cappucino or a latte? Because our SLES trainees just completed their barista training. Congratulations! What fantastic news. To help start them off on their job hunt, they were taken on a tour of Starbucks. Our trainees had the opportunity to meet with store manager Mathew and were stoked to go behind […]

Green Thumbs for Cherrywood Garden Competition
garden comp

Posted On June 26, 2018

After a tremendous effort, stunning gardening arrangements and tough competition, winners of Afford’s Cherrywood Garden Competition have been announced. Congratulations to Green Valley Day Program for winning the First Prize for the ‘Best Garden Bed’ and to True Blue Group Home for winning First Prize for the ‘Best Decorative Garden’! It was a great initiative aimed […]

Club Afford Conquers Sea Life Sydney
sea life

Posted On June 25, 2018

Afford established Club Afford to provide clients with the opportunity to explore the community, attend events, make new friends and learn about healthy lifestyles. Club Afford operates every Saturday and presents clients with amazing opportunities to expand their social networks and develop lifelong skills in a fun and engaging setting. The latest adventure for Club […]

Gabriela The Fire-Fighter
fire engine

Posted On June 25, 2018

Who’s that in a fire engine? Don’t worry there was no fire, just a fire experience of what it’s like to ride a fire engine for one of our Afford Day Program clients. Since joining Afford Ashfield Day Program in 2013, Gabriela has made many new friends and is often one of the first to […]

Wedding Bells Ringing For Two Afford ADE Staff

Posted On June 25, 2018

Sometimes you really do find love in the most unexpected places. Congratulations to two of Afford’s ADE employees, Robert and Rebecca who recently got engaged. After meeting each other about five years ago, they hit it off immediately. Rebecca always noticed Robert’s wonderful personality, his caring nature and his humour. “ Robert is very loyal. […]

Windsor’s Washing Bay
Afford vans being washed

Posted On June 20, 2018

Afford Windsor Day Program clients and the Windsor Team Leader rolled up their sleeves to get out the sponges and hoses for their weekly van wash! Every Thursday morning the team work together to keep their site’s vans clean. Afford have an extensive fleet of vans which are highly visible and vibrantly coloured thanks to […]

Butterflies Cook Healthy at Group Home
cooking lessons

Posted On June 20, 2018

At Afford, we continuously search for ways to encourage healthy lifestyles for our Day Program clients, Supported Employees and Group Home residents to give every individual the power to be in control of their own lives. That’s because we understand the importance of living a healthy life by moderating or choosing nutritious meals as well […]

Afford Wins Award at the For Purpose Forum
Afford winner of voice project award

Posted On June 19, 2018

Congratulations to all of us here at Afford! We were awarded at the For Purpose Forum at The Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Allambie Heights. As part of the forum, Christina, Afford’s Commercial Development Manager delivered a presentation which discussed Afford’s organisational change over the past three years and how adapting to change has made the organisation […]

Greg Goes to Eastern Creek Raceway
car racing

Posted On June 19, 2018

Gregory is from Afford Mount Druitt Day Program and is known for being an avid car enthusiast. Gregory has been a car connoisseur for many years and has spent much of his life collecting rare model cars. He has an appreciation of these vehicles like no other; studying the various models and truly immersing himself […]

Constantine energised for Powerhouse Museum visit

Posted On June 13, 2018

We love hearing about our clients getting out and about with our Day Programs. One of our long time clients, Constantine Daskalakis who has been with Afford for 13 years now loves the activities on offer through the 1:1 support.  His favourite hobbies are listening to the Zorba (Greek dance music) and dancing. Last weekend, Constantine had […]

It’s not just an Afford Home, it’s your home
Glen Alpine Group Home

Posted On June 12, 2018

Clients at Glen Alpine Group Home enjoyed a fun and interactive day playing mini-golf at Mega Mini Golf in Campbelltown. They all took turns and played friendly matches. It was a great way to keep fit, get outdoors and also improve their maths skills by counting up their scores. It’s always wonderful to see a smile […]

Luis’s First Ride at Cherrywood Day Program

Posted On June 12, 2018

Luis Alvarez is a client at Afford Cherrywood Day Program that has experienced a truly inspiring transformation since joining the Afford community. When Luis first started with Afford, he was quite unwell and was told he needed to undergo an operation for a kidney transplant. He had little energy and spent much of his time […]

A visit from an old friend at Chipping Norton
horse chipping norton

Posted On June 8, 2018

Last Thursday morning, clients from Chipping Norton Day Program were very excited to learn that they would be receiving a visit from an old four legged friend called, Liam. Liam is a horse that lives at Warwick Farm, who met the clients of the Chipping Norton Day Program one afternoon when he and his owner, […]

Afford Opens Its Doors In Queensland
Queensland Launch

Posted On June 5, 2018

Afford’s expansion into Queensland is up and away and we’ve been busily introducing our wide range of services to the public, hosting NDIS Roadshows to help shed light on what the NDIS is and how people can use it to receive the necessary disability services. Our team in Queensland has been so excited to launch […]

Afford Clients Win Gold Medals At Special Olympics
Special Olympics Gold Medals

Posted On June 5, 2018

Afford is so proud to be part of the journey of some of our talented clients who recently competed at the Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide from 16 to 18 April. Tony and Charmained won an array of medals from the Bocci games. At Afford, we want to support our clients to unlock […]

New Addition to the Afford Community – One Month With WALCA
WALCA team

Posted On June 5, 2018

Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), some disability service providers have found it difficult to remain financially viable. Understanding the new funding model and the rejuvenated disability sector, has meant that some smaller organisations have found benefit in partnering with organisations like Afford, who are thriving under the NDIS. On the 20th April, 2018, […]

Cooking Up A Storm in South Western Sydney
Grills N Chills

Posted On June 4, 2018

Afford Campbelltown Lifestyle Centre have established a new and interesting cooking program called Grills’N’Chills, which runs every fortnight at the Campbelltown Lifestyle Centre from 3pm. “It’s a great opportunity for clients in the South-Western region to enhance their independence, improve cooking skill and learn more about healthy eating”, says Team Leader of the Campbelltown Day […]

Meet Ebony

Ebony’s Creative Genius

Before joining Afford 12 months ago, Ebony was shy and preferred to keep to herself. Today, Ebony is an active and happy client at Afford Lurnea Lifestyle Centre and enjoys participating in a variety of group and 1:1 activities. Some of her favourite activities include swimming, bowling, dancing and going to the ladies day out […]

Meet Scott

Scott’s Community Access Rocks!

Scott Fairall is a client of Afford Campbelltown Lifestyle Centre who receives 1:1 support for community access. Working with Afford staff, Scott’s personal goal is to become more active and participate in a variety of activities. Afford staff member, Kim Stephenson, has formed a good relationship with Scott and is continuously working with Scott to […]

Meet Lisa

Lisa’s Confidence Shines Through

Lisa joined the Afford community two years ago with personal goals of become more confidence and positive about getting out of the house and into the wider community. Working with an Afford Lifestyle Assistant, Lisa slowly worked towards her goals – taking short walks to the shops and to local mall but never wanted to […]

Meet Con

Con Swings into Action

Since November 2016, it has been challenging for Con to participate in any outdoor activities but recently, thanks to the dedication of staff, he has progressed and made a real breakthrough. Con now receives 1:1 support on a Saturday and recently had the opportunity to take part in community access with great support from the […]

Meet Faisal

Faisal’s Amazing Breakthrough

Faisal is a Campbelltown Lifestyle Centre client who has sensory needs and OCD behaviours. He was referred for speech therapy through his NDIS Plan to improve his communication and interaction, but he found therapy challenging and was simply not interested in taking part. There were very few activities that Faisal would engage in – one […]

Meet Andrew

My Choice Matters

Afford was recently contacted by a representative of the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, Brandon, about a new project they will be developing called the My Choice Matters – Film Project. Truly showcasing the power of social media, Brandon followed the adventures of one of Afford’s amazing residents, Andrew, via our Facebook page. Brandon is […]

Meet Jodie

Jodie Scores Try Time Achievement Award

Residents from Cherrywood, True Blue, Dolphin Cove and Billabong group homes had a blast during their rugby league football season this year. The Brother’s Try Time program, run by Barry Costa, aims to inspire our residents to group together and become an accomplished rugby league team that can kick personal goals every week. The game […]

Meet Chris

I’m an Afford Celebrity

Friendly and full of energy, Chris welcomes everyone who visits the Minchinbury ADE with a big hello and beaming smile. Chris joined the Afford Minchinbury ADE five years ago to find work that was just right for him; work that suited his interests and made him get excited about going to work. At Minchinbury, Chris […]

Meet Robin

Robin has lived in Shared Living with since 2010. He has connected with carers and other residents and developed new skills and abilities, giving him greater confidence to complete more tasks on his own. He now actively seeks out activities that suit his interests and works three days a week.

Meet George

Chipping Norton Lifestyle Centre

George is a happy young man, with a heart of gold but is sometimes shy but once he gets to know you he is a real chamber by telling everyone that they are beautiful. George loves to sing, he loves to wear the color black but here at Chipping Norton we have managed to get […]

Meet Alex

Lurnea Lifestyle Centre

Alex is an energetic young man who enjoys being supported in developing his artistic skills in dance, music, art, and sporting activities such as football, soccer and tennis. Alex loves going out on community outings with his peers. He particularly enjoys participating in laser skirmish, bowling and going to the gym. Alex is currently preparing […]

Meet Daniel

TTW (Transition to Work)

A conscientious and driven young man, Daniel joined the Afford TTW Program as an early school leaver. Through the Transition to Work Program, Daniel has been able to enhance his communication abilities and follow his interests, one of which was learning new skills with tools. He became involved in many hands on projects and completed a […]

Meet Nicole

Mt Druitt Lifestyle Centre

Afford and Nicole’s family have been awed watching Nicole shift from an anxious and introverted girl to an incredibly confident young woman. Nicole has formed meaningful friendships with many of her peers at the Lifestyle Centre, where she actively participates in programs and activities and is often the first to give something a go. Nicole […]

Meet Kevin

Green Valley Lifestyle Centre

When Kevin joined at Green Valley Lifestyle Centre he refused to socialise with other around him, choosing now to communicate and rarely participated in fun site activities. Fast forward 5 years later, and Kevin is a totally different man. Socialising is Kevin’s favourite thing to do! He knows all of his peers and staff and […]

Meet Cameron

Penrith Lifestyle Centre

Mondays are Cameron’s favourite day of the week because he spends them all at his favourite place – Penrith Library. Here Afford Lifestyle Assistants facilitate and Education Program where Cameron works on his computer skills that he takes back to the Lifestyle Centre and home. If Cameron’s feeling hungry, they’ll also stop for a cuppa […]

Meet Aaron

Jamisontown Lifestyle Centre

Aaron is one of Afford’s sporting legends – he was selected to represent Australia in the Asian Pacific Special Olympic Games where he won gold for the 50m freestyle (also PB!) and Bronze in the Relay Team. When he isn’t busy inter-city, inter-state and internationally swimming, Aaron loves coming to Jamisontown Lifestyle Centre to hang […]

Meet Harry

Belmore Lifestyle Centre

Over the past 12 months, Afford has supported Harry to lose 11 kilos through a combination of Healthy Cooking Lessons and the Club Afford fitness group. Afford’s Lifestyle Assistants have been a helping hand in this process, with Harry giving his fitness goal his all and inspiring his peers and staff with his determination. Harry […]

Meet Renee

Afford Employment - Blacktown

Renee joined Afford Employment in 2014 after experiencing considerable instability early in life. Working with Afford Employment, doors soon opened for Renee. After working in retail, she enrolled in a Diploma of Banking Services, Management, Business and Finance at TAFE. Not only did Renee complete her Diploma, she topped her course for the year and […]

Meet Daniel

Ashfield Lifestyle Centre

Daniel loves all things Disney, his own company, iPads and a routine. Changes can be challenging for Daniel, so getting him to try new things can be tricky. When Daniel first joined at Ashfield Lifestyle Centre he was not comfortable participating in any activities, at times not even wanting to stay in separate rooms. After […]

Meet Dane

Kings Park Lifestyle Centre

Dane is a treasure who will win your heart with his voice. Dane loves to sing, especially love songs from other eras. Dane lives with his sister who also attends King Park Lifestyle Centre, which is often treated to theatrical skits by the pair. A triple-threat, Dane also plays the Ukelele and the accordion quite […]

Meet Abdullah and Abdulrahman

Guildford Lifestyle Centre

When twins Abdullah and Abdulrahman initially joined Afford, both were very shy and not sure what to expect in their transition from school to Afford’s Life Skills Program.  For the first little while, both boys would shy away in public and avoid interaction with others in the community and at the community hub. Through Life […]

Meet Keryn

Blacktown Lifestyle Centre

Keryn loves to be part of the group at the Lifestyle Centre and enjoys a variety of activities including art and craft, cooking, swimming, dancing and outings. Keryn was recently part of the Youth Leadership Program conducted between Blacktown Lifestyle Centre and the Toastmasters. During this program had the opportunity to develop her speaking skills […]

Meet Mahmoud

From Condell Park

Afford has helped Mahmoud express himself through art and community. Mahmoud is a lovely man with an infectious smile and inspires others to follow their dreams and live life to the fullest. He is so passionate about visual arts that he has created 15 artworks so far, four of which were displayed at UWS’s Bankstown […]