16 February 2018
Shelley the achiever! – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
Shelley is an enthusiastic young woman with a cheeky sense of humour. Her positive energy is contagious whether she is dancing at dinner groups, singing, performing with the Stage Fright Players drama group, working with horses or swimming! Shelley has been a long term client of Interchange Australia and we are proud that she continues to pursue exciting ways to achieve her NDIS goals with peers and our support staff.
Shelley attends our centre-based programs including short-term accommodation for overnight stays, receives 1:1 support to participate in community activities on a Friday and attends our group based activities including dinner groups and recreational activities on a Saturday. Shelley eagerly participates in our wide range of exciting activities including dinner groups and Saturday activities. She has attended circus skills workshops, trips to a vast range of sporting and theatre events and trips to zoos, to name only a few! Shelley is very sociable and participating in Interchange Australia’s activities enable her to socialise with peers to live a rewarding life. All of Shelley’s supports improve her autonomy and increase her independence.
During 2017 Shelley performed to delighted audiences in two Stage Fright Players productions, starring as Mrs Moneybags in ‘A Cracking Christmas Cruise’ and the Saloon Owner in “Bonanza: Calamity at Cactus Corral’. She is increasing her self-confidence and communication skills with each performance. During the production of Bonanza Shelley innovatively used her iPad to say her lines. Shelley loves the opportunity to dance and perform, and is a highly valued member of the Stage Fright Players.
On Fridays Shelley is active in the community building her independence with connecting to community supports aligned with her NDIS goals. She participates in equine (horse) therapy, swimming, catching up with friends at the South Coast and attending physiotherapy. Another important part of Shelley’s life is visiting the tremendous local cafes. During these visits Shelley uses her iPad to order food and drinks. She also sends emails during these café visits to friends and family, enabling her to maintain contact and further develop her communication and literacy skills.
Congratulations Shelley on all of your achievements and your positive approach to life.
For more information about the wide variety of services and activities Interchange Australia offers, please call 1300 112 334.