Read to Succeed with Afford
reading to succeed

Posted On December 18, 2018

Afford’s Allied Health team provides support with experienced and qualified psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Read to Succeed groups have recently been established by Afford to support individuals achieve their numeracy and literacy goals. Small Groups for Greater Support The sessions run with small, intimate groups to […]

A Tassie Adventure with Afford Getaways
Afford Getaway to Tasmania

Posted On December 18, 2018

Afford Getaways provide supported holidays for people with disability to get away for a much needed break with friends and qualified support staff of their choice. A Trip to Tassie To round off the year, five Afford group home residents of Dolphin Cove, Rainbow, Billabong  took to the seas to venture to Tasmania – Australia’s […]

Butterflies and Colour for Marg’s Neptune Move In
Group Homes

Posted On December 18, 2018

Afford has a range of shared independent living options where you can find a place to call ‘home’. A home where you will find friends with similar interests, where your choices are respected and where you will have easy access to transport links to get around. Welcoming Marg We are so excited to welcome Margaret […]

Renewed and Refreshed Ready for the New Year!
Afford renew and refresh

Posted On December 18, 2018

Over the past few months, our staff across all Afford sites have been working hard to renew, refresh and make the facilities and activities for our clients who attend these sites each and every day, even better! Day Program Transformations Bexley Day Program and our Allied Health team transformed the site’s sensory room to become […]

Christmas Lights Spectacular
Christmas Lights outing

Posted On December 17, 2018

Supporting our clients to experience all that their local community has to offer is what our experienced and qualified Lifestyle Assistants are there to do and with Christmas festivities well underway, it’s a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors and see many of the amazing decorations and lights on display. Our Club Afford […]

A Travel Training Christmas Adventure!
SLES travel training

Posted On December 17, 2018

Just in time for Christmas, our Minchinbury SLES (School Leaver Employment Supports) trainees took part in their final travel training session for the year; enhancing their skills just in time to get out and about over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Travel Training The travel training involved taking an adventure out to Alexandria for […]

Christmas Party Celebrations Rock at Afford!
SLES Christmas Party

Posted On December 17, 2018

During December, many client Christmas parties have been held for all clients across states. They have all been wonderful celebrations of the fantastic year that Afford staff, clients and families and carers have shared together throughout the year and a lovely opportunity to get all together before the end of the year. NSW Christmas Party […]

We Care About Carers
Carers event

Posted On December 17, 2018

At Afford, we are committed to delivering whole-of-life supports and that’s why we make every effort to provide events and opportunities for our Carers, to give them some time to themselves, to get together with others and extend their support networks. Taking Time for Yourself Carers in the Central West  recently attended a Carer’s lunch […]

Club Afford – A Roaring Success!
Visiting the Zoo with Club Afford

Posted On December 17, 2018

Club Afford is a member based program that encourages participants to attend a variety of exciting and engaging events, activities and attractions. Club Afford promotes leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle and provides opportunities for participants to strengthen and extend their social networks. Outings and Attractions Club Afford participants from Oran Park Day Program recently […]

Jamisontown Day Program Enjoy Meditation
meditation at Jamisontown Day Program

Posted On December 17, 2018

Afford is committed to providing person-centred activities that support the personal development and aspirations of our clients. Programs To Suit the Needs of our Clients So when Margaret, a client from our Jamisontown Day Program, suggested that her group incorporate yoga and meditation as a wind-down after their dance program each week, Team Leaders set […]

Bike Riding at Billabong
bike riding to stay active

Posted On December 16, 2018

Our enthusiastic residents at Billabong Group Home in Penrith are always looking for ways to increase their fitness to lead healthy lifestyles. Leading a Healthy Lifestyle The residents of the Billabong home try to ride their bicycles every day as part of their regular exercise routine. Mark, Brett and Michael all have their own bikes […]

Beenleigh Day Program Gets Gardening
gardening at Beenleigh in QLD

Posted On December 16, 2018

Afford’s Beenleigh Day Program in Queensland is now open with a range of person-centred activities already taking shape to support people living with disability in the local community. Group and 1:1 support is already available, as well as access to other Afford services such as Club Afford. New Day Program in Beenleigh, Queensland The Beenleigh […]

Innovative Sensory Stimulation at Afford
sensory stimulation at Afford

Posted On December 11, 2018

Engaging every sense is an important part of the ways in which Afford Lifestyle Assistants support clients to grow, learn and develop. There are many ways in which we incorporate sensory stimulation across our sites; and sometimes opportunities simply present themselves. At Lakemba Respite, clients and staff were decorating their ‘Wall of Fame’ by painting […]

Residents Paying It Forward for a Good Cause
Susie's Mama Lama fundraiser

Posted On December 4, 2018

We’re always so proud to be a part of our clients’ lives and to see the happiness they feel on achieving their life goals, so it’s even more special when our clients take the initiative themselves to get into action to help others. From a Hobby into a Fundraiser What started out as a hobby […]

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability
celebrate international day of people with disability

Posted On December 4, 2018

This week, we celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) and this year’s themes are about empowering individuals, promoting inclusiveness and equalilty. International day of Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and […]

Afford ADEs get into the Festive Spirit with Woolworths
ADEs festive spirit with Woolworths

Posted On December 4, 2018

Christmas is only a short time away and our Supported Employees across our Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are well and truly into the festive spirit, as they package up trees and characters for Woolworths customers across the country. Meaningful Work for All Abilities Our ADEs provide hundreds of employees with meaningful work, opportunities to socialise with […]

Ladies Day Out Shopping
ladies day out shopping

Posted On December 4, 2018

For the ladies of Belmore Day Program, going shopping is more than just looking in store windows and making purchases, it’s about building confidence in going out into the community, developing money handling skills and having some time out with friends. Paula, Mimi, Jennifer, Thuy and Natalie are clients from Belmore Day Program who visit […]

Afford’s Allied Health Team Establish Lego Therapy Program
Lego therapy at Afford

Posted On December 4, 2018

Afford has established an Allied Health team across NSW, VIC and QLD which includes a strong network of professionals in Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Psychology. Lego Therapy Recently, our speech pathologist, Linda, and psychologist, Stephanie, kicked off a new social skills group at our Prestons Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE). Each week, our clients gather […]

Travel Training – Skills for Life
travel training

Posted On December 4, 2018

Public transport can be the key to work, home and lifestyle for many of our clients, so getting familiar with signs, cues, sounds and rules are important skills to learn. That’s where our travel training program comes into play. Accessing the Community For our clients at Windsor Day Program, catching public transport is their ticket […]

SLES Trainees on an Industry Visit to Make Sushi
SLES industry visit

Posted On December 4, 2018

Getting a taste of many different industries and work roles allows our SLES Trainees many opportunities to learn and develop new skills, as well as give them an idea of the type of work that interests them and what they need to do to secure employment. SLES Trainee Industry Visits A recent visit to a […]

Get More from the NDIS with These 3 Tips from Afford
NDIS Support

Posted On December 3, 2018

For many people in Sydney’s South West the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) journey has well and truly begun. So now is the time to reassess your plans, goals and supports to make sure that the funding you’re receiving continues to help you live the life you want. Afford has established a team of knowledgeable NDIS […]

Butterflies with Green Thumbs
Gardening with butterflies

Posted On November 27, 2018

The Afford Lifestyle is all about having a place to call ‘home’. A place where you can take part in activities you enjoy with the assurance that you have support if and when you need it. Residents of the Butterflies home at Penrith share the same interests, enjoy activities together and have truly made their […]

SLES Impress at Pop-Up Interviews
SLES pop up interviews

Posted On November 27, 2018

Afford’s SLES (School Leaver Employment Supports) program provides trainees with the building blocks they need to have the skills and confidence to tackle life in the workforce. Recently, the Minchinbury and Penrith SLES trainees participated in the Apprenticeship Pop-Up Interviews which really tested their communication skills and they succeeded with flying colours! The pop-up interviews […]

Afford Oran Park Enjoy Some Splash Time
swimming skills

Posted On November 27, 2018

As the weather warms and summer approaches, our clients are making the most of pool time and enjoying a dip in the water, while also learning some valuable swim safe skills. Clients from our Oran Park Day Program  regularly attend swimming sessions at the local pools. The swimming sessions are facilitated by qualified swim instructors […]

Afford Getaways Take off to New Zealand!
Afford Getaways

Posted On November 27, 2018

Everyone needs some time to relax and take a break. Afford Getaways are designed to give you the holiday you deserve with support and care from qualified staff. Afford Getaways provide holiday opportunities for you to realise your dreams of travelling on a cruise, exploring more of your own backyard across Australia, or even travelling […]

Encouraging and Celebrating a Healthy Lifestyle
panthers sunshine health lifestyles

Posted On November 20, 2018

Leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle is the key to being happy and motivated, so at Afford, we are always looking for ways to encourage healthy meal options and regular fitness routines for our clients and residents. Residents of the Sunshine and Panthers Afford Group Homes in Penrith are well on their way to achieving […]

Work Experience That’s Fun and Educational
SLES car wash work experience

Posted On November 20, 2018

Learning new skills and getting real world work experience can be exciting and fun – especially through Afford’s SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) Program. Penrith and Minchinbury SLES Trainees were super soaked and super stoked to have work experience at Jimmy’s Hand Carwash in Penrith. They were very keen to get hands on, practical experience […]

Livin’ and Lovin’ the Community with Afford
Community Access

Posted On November 20, 2018

Our clients love getting out and about in the community and simply enjoying all that their local area, city or state has to offer. Community access plays an important part of the services we offer at Afford. Visiting local parks, events, landmarks and more around the community provide our clients with opportunities to explore the […]

Finding Your Dream Job with Afford Employment
Afford Employment supports job seekers

Posted On November 20, 2018

Surreyya is a man with determination to succeed. After looking for a job for some time, he joined Afford Employment for some added support to find a role that allows him to use his mechanical skills and work in the outdoors. Identify Your Work Strengths Although skilled in mechanical repairs, Surreyya’s qualifications were not recognised […]

Club Afford Takes You There!
Club Afford at Fisher's Ghost Festival

Posted On November 20, 2018

At Afford, we understand that sometimes our clients want to go to events, festivals or programs that don’t fit in the usual service hours. So we’ve created Club Afford to give clients opportunities to enjoy activities during the week, as well as on weekends. Club Afford Club Afford is a member based program that provides […]

Independence to Stay Home, Go Out and Have Fun
Real festival

Posted On November 13, 2018

Living independently means that you have a place to call home. A place where you can share meals with friends, take time out when you please, or even go out to dinner when you want. For the residents of the Afford Group Homes in Penrith, there’s always something to do or new things to learn, […]

Skills for Work and Life
work experience

Posted On November 13, 2018

Getting a head start after school can be made much easier when you have opportunities to get a taste of different industries, learn new skills and get some hands-on experience in the workforce. Afford’s SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) Program is designed to give participants every opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge to be […]

Paw-some Therapy
animal therapy at Cherrywood

Posted On November 13, 2018

For people living with disability, animal therapy programs can help build life experience and skills. Afford offers animal therapy sessions for clients at their Cherrywood Friendship Farm in Llandilo in partnership with Bushbred Horse Assisted Learning Programs, to enhance the life skills and experiences of clients with varied needs. Clients of the Afford Chipping Norton […]

More Than Just a Job for Elisabeta
Afford DES

Posted On November 13, 2018

Finding the right job that suits your strengths and interests isn’t always easy. But Afford has helped many people find a job that they enjoy and look forward to each day. Elisabeta was born in Romania and was referred to Afford Disability Employment Services (DES) after having looked for a job for a while. Elisabeta […]

A Toast to Our Graduates!
Toastmasters leadership program

Posted On November 13, 2018

Afford’s Blacktown Day Program is extremely proud of eight clients who, this week, graduated from the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program! The Toastmasters Youth Leadership  course is tailored for youth and people with disability. Participants completed the course at Afford’s Blacktown Day Program every fortnight for 16 weeks. The program is designed to build self confidence […]

We Care About Carers
Carere Event

Posted On November 7, 2018

Afford has a whole-of-life approach to disability services. We want to support our clients AND their families and carers to ensure a positive life outcome for all. By supporting our carers and providing opportunities to enjoy mingling with others, learning about NDIS updates or simply setting aside some time for themselves, we know that our […]

Getting Social and Living the Life you Want
Enjoying the social life

Posted On November 7, 2018

Afford Group Homes are welcoming environments that truly create safe places where friends can share their experiences, enjoy outings together and simply take in all the benefits that independent living can provide. Residents often make their own meals at home, with many having impressive gardens with herbs and vegetables to use in their healthy meal […]

SLES Gets Arty
SLES Gets Arty

Posted On November 7, 2018

Afford’s Minchinbury Head Office was in need of some colour and personality, so our SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) Program trainees were set the challenge of creating artwork to put on display. As the Minchinbury and Penrith SLES trainees participated in the DIY art project, they not only created artwork to decorate head office, they […]

Lakemba Day Program Gets Out and About
Lakemba day out

Posted On November 7, 2018

Recently, the clients of Lakemba Day Program set personal goals of collecting seashells and feeling the sand between their toes – so that’s exactly what they did! At Afford, our programs, outing and events are driven by the interests of our clients, so that’s why we’re so excited to hear the new and interesting personal […]

Cherrywood Spring Fete Brings Smiles

Posted On November 7, 2018

It was a day of sunshine and fun at this year’s Cherrywood Spring Fete where visitors came together to enjoy a day out of browsing, buying and activities all thanks to Afford. The Cherrywood Spring Fete is a much loved event that Afford holds every year at the Cherrywood Hub site in Llandilo. This year, […]

Bike Safety Season for Oran Park Day Program
bike safety program

Posted On October 30, 2018

The sun is shining and the weather is warming, so it’s a great time to start reminding ourselves about bike safety when we’re out and about. Clients of our Oran Park Day Program visited the Bicycle Education and Road Safety Centre in Campbelltown to get some practical experience in riding bikes in a real life […]

SLES Takes On The “Feed My Family Challenge”
skills development

Posted On October 30, 2018

Participants of Afford’s Minchinbury and Penrith SLES (Student Leaver Employment Supports) program are always learning new and useful skills to help prepare for the workforce, as well as learn every day skills for life. Recently, SLES trainees were given the ‘Feed My Family Challenge’, where they learnt how to cook up a storm in the […]

Get the Creative Juices Flowing with Art and Craft

Posted On October 30, 2018

Afford’s art and craft programs are engaging, therapeutic and educational activities that many of our clients enjoy taking part in each and every day across our Day Programs. Many of our clients have been fortunate enough to have their artworks and sculptures showcased in art displays for viewing by the general public and others simply […]

Respite Gets Gardening

Posted On October 22, 2018

Afford offers Respite Accommodation in Lakemba with a home that is specifically tailored to suit the various needs of our clients. Respite is a great opportunity to take some time out away from the everyday and to meet new friends and enjoy new experiences in a welcoming and supportive environment. Recently, the clients of Lakemba […]

Australia win in the 2018 Physical Disability Championship
Physical Disability league

Posted On October 16, 2018

It was a phenomenal display of perseverance, skill and strategy as the Disability League Australian Team came head to head with the New Zealand Disability League in the finals of the 2018 Emerging Nations World Championships. Afford is proud to be the sponsor of the Disability League Australian Team and we were in awe of […]

Independent Living Skills Program at Belmore Day Program
Independent Living Skills at Belmore Day Program

Posted On October 16, 2018

On 5 October, the team at Belmore Day Program took part in their weekly Independent Living Skills Program to build up their confidence in the kitchen. Clients, Mansour, Anna, Carmella, Michael, Aimee, Najashey, Diane, Phoung and Daniel Bazzi all participated in the program enthusiastically. The program occurs every Friday at Belmore Day Program and clients […]

Jamisontown Day Program Animal Encounters
Jamisontown Day Program at Symbio Zoo

Posted On October 16, 2018

It was a day of animal encounters for clients of Jamisontown Day Program, with the group recently visiting Symbio Zoo at Helensburgh. On 6 October, Jamisontown clients, Cain, Bridget and Luke, supported by Afford staff, Alexandra, Bernadette and Felicia drove in an Afford van to the wildlife park to see some truly amazing creatures. This […]

Water Play and River Cats
Water Play with Ashfield Day Program

Posted On October 16, 2018

At Afford, our Team Leaders are always looking for new ways to support clients to get out into the community to enjoy new life experiences, see new places and meet different people. Earlier this month, Joshua , Nurgul, Christopher and Maria from Ashfield Day Program enjoyed the fun of water play on a day out […]

Afford in Wonderland Gala Ball
Gala Ball

Posted On October 16, 2018

Last weekend, more than 800 Afford clients, their families and carers, Afford staff and VIPs jumped down the rabbit hole for this year’s Afford in Wonderland themed Gala Ball in Penrith. Held at Penrith Panthers Marquee, the Afford in Wonderland Gala Ball transported attendees into a world of whimsy and magic with a decorative features […]

Oran Park sizzles up a fundraiser
sausage sizzle

Posted On October 9, 2018

Oran Park Day Program held a barbeque fundraising day at their local Bunnings. We want to say a big thanks to our wonderful staff and all amazing families that attended the event and also supported us by purchasing a raffle ticket. We gave out wonderful prizes for our raffle including vouchers for restaurants and jewellery […]

I Finished High School – How can the NDIS Help Me?

Posted On October 9, 2018

With the end of the year just around the corner, many high school students are graduating from school. So how will things change for you after you leave school? When you are studying at school, usually your days are planned out for you. Now that school is finished, suddenly your days are free and you […]

Beauty Classes at Blacktown Day Program
Beauty Program

Posted On October 9, 2018

For the past 12 months, Blacktown Day Program has been running a successful beauty program that is always a popular activity for clients. Afford Lifestyle Assistants, Jacinta Antwi-Boasiako (qualified hair stylist) and Jessica Hawkins (qualified make-up artist), facilitate the program together and use their expertise to ensure that clients learn different techniques and also benefit […]

Mark’s Dream Getaway to Disneyland

Posted On October 9, 2018

Everyone deserves some time off to relax, unwind and enjoy a holiday. That’s why we run Afford Getaways, bringing supported, accessible holiday options for people of all abilities. Mark has been an Afford member since he joined our Ingleburn ADE where he performs tasks like quality control and packing. He loves his job and he […]

Afford Attends Oz Comicon

Posted On October 3, 2018

Our clients from Mount Druitt Day Program enjoyed all the fun from the Oz Comicon on Saturday the 29th September. It was a lovely, sunny day as clients, accompanied by Lifestyle Assistants travelled to the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. Once they arrived, there was so much to explore from cartoon and comic characters […]

Long Time Afford Supporter Wins!

Posted On October 3, 2018

Every year, Afford’s dedicated Raffle Team work the phones for the Cherrywood Raffles to raise as many funds as possible to create new facilities and services for people living with disability. Recently, the Spring Cherrywood Raffle winners were announced and we were so pleased to hear that long-time Afford Supporter, Jocelyn from Bexley, had won […]

Kings Park Keeps The Music Going

Posted On October 3, 2018

Every Tuesday at Kings Park Day Program, the clients gather around and enjoy playing different musical instruments through our Musical Therapy program run by Nordoff Robins. At the beginning of each session, the clients sing along with a music therapist and then try different instruments. They absolutely enjoy the music sessions and it helps to […]

Community Spirit Shines the Spotlight on Afford
Pic from community day

Posted On September 25, 2018

As a not-for-profit organisation, Afford is so appreciative of the many community partners and Afford Supporters out there that help us continue to deliver amazing services and facilities for our clients and supported employees. So when Westlink Services and Lendlease approached Afford to run a fully funded Community Day at our Minchinbury site, we were […]

Some Cherrywood Cheer at the Multicultural Festival
Cherrywood Festival

Posted On September 24, 2018

It was a splash of colour, fun and excitement last week as Afford held our Multicultural and Arts Festival at Cherrywood. The day was brimming with sunshine as brightly dressed up clients and staff attended the fun-filled event, many wearing their cultural dresses. We decorated the Cherrywood site with flags from different countries and Afford […]

Farm Adventures for Afford SLES Friends
farm sles

Posted On September 24, 2018

If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, love plants and animals, maybe you’ve considered working in a farm? Many of our SLES trainees were very curious about what it would be like to work in a farm after hearing stories from their teammate Shahnia who works at Hoxton Park School Farm once a week. […]

Connect 4 at Dolphin Cove
blog connect 4

Posted On September 14, 2018

The residents of Dolphin Cove absolutely love their home. For them, it’s not a group home, rather their own home where they can enjoy fun activities and socialize with their fellow housemates. Last week they had a fun games night where Daryl, Doug, Toby and Andrew joined in playing Connect Four. There was a lot […]

Chipping Norton Springing into Action for Site Makeovers
site refresh

Posted On September 13, 2018

We have been overwhelmed with the amazing transformations that have taken place across many of Afford’s Sydney sites – and all in just a few weeks. We have received an array of refresh photos from different sites, with Team Leaders putting in the hard yards to create a real WOW factor across their sites. Chipping […]

5 Steps For a Better NDIS

Posted On September 13, 2018

Tackling the new world of the NDIS may seem a bit overwhelming at first. But by breaking down the process into achievable steps, you’re able to address each element individually, to ensure you receiving annual funding for reasonable and necessary supports to help you achieve your personal, work and life goals. Afford can developed an […]

Afford’s Trivia Triumph 

Posted On September 7, 2018

Afford’s much anticipated annual Trivia Night was held last Friday, 31 August at “The Village” in Penrith and it was a resounding success! The venue was packed to the roof, we were so pleased with the wonderful turnout! It was a sell-out event with round 100 attendees that included staff from different sites and Afford’s […]

 SLES Superhoes Are Brewing Up a Storm
SLES team

Posted On September 6, 2018

Last Thursday, our SLES superheroes brewed up a storm for their first day of work experience at Ratha’s Place Café at St. Mary’s. Our Trainees were introduced to the rest of the Ratha’s Place team and taken under the wing of employee Chantelle, who happily organized our trainees, gearing up everyone into their aprons.   Everyone […]

Afford Nowra’s Own Singing Star!

Posted On September 6, 2018

Many of you may recognise the cheeky smile of Warren from his debut performance in Affords Got Talent earlier this month. Since moving into Affords first group home in Nowra, Warren has shown a keen interest and distinct passion for singing. Warren has graced the halls of the house with his smooth Country/Rock tones and […]

Paul Drafts Himself a New Job

Posted On August 30, 2018

On a Saturday afternoon, Paul attends his local church with his wife. He loves to watch movies and socialise with friends afterwards. Some days he goes for a drive along the roads at a national park. Life has not always been this smooth, but Paul never gave up. Some years ago, Paul was involved in […]

Billabong clients get colourful with art and craft activities
art and craft

Posted On August 23, 2018

What better way to get our creative juices flowing than to pick up some crayons or a paintbrush? Rather than letting clients continue watching tv, our staff are always looking for ways that clients can engage their creative thinking, relieve stress, have fun and learn something new. Recently, the clients participated in some arts and […]

Akash sings Slim Dusty at Afford’s Got Talent

Posted On August 23, 2018

Were you at Afford’s Got Talent this year? Just incase you missed out, our very own Akash Shah from Minchinbury Head office gave us a wonderful performance, singing Slim Dusty’s “We’ve Done Us Proud”. Akash definitely knows how to string some good tunes on his guitar. He’s been learning guitar since 2007 and loves to […]

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 […]