25 January 2019
Thomas’ Story – By Interchange Australia Marketing Manager, Joseph Lyons
Thomas has been an Interchange Australia client for over a decade and has received a wide range of services that have assisted him to develop life skills, to participate in group based activities, to engage in the community and to live independently.
When Thomas was in his last year of high school, he joined the Transition to Work Program where he developed practical work skills which led to Thomas gaining employment with local nurseries and a coffee pod production company. During this time, Thomas also accessed respite services at Springett House.
Thomas now lives independently and receives regular services that assist him with cleaning and meal preparation.
Thomas has also been a long-term participant of our Day Options Program at Springett House and Travis House where a wide range of activities are offered on a daily basis that focus on education, health and well-being, life and learning and socialising and leisure. Thomas has forged many strong friendships through the Day Options Program and he is an active participant in all of the activities offered.
Peer Support activities and outings offered by Interchange Australia provide clients with the opportunity to enjoy unique experiences, to make new friends, to learn new skills and to have fun. Thomas has been on many outings with the peer support crew over the years and enjoys socialising with friends and visiting new places. “Peer Support keeps me busy,” Thomas said. “My favourite outings have been to Wings Over Illawarra, horse racing at Randwick and Rosehill, the Goulburn Rodeo and movies and lunch.”
Thomas has a passion for music and has been a member of Interchange Australia’s band, The Hidden Wonders, since the bands inception over ten years ago. He has performed with the band at multiple RockCan and Rock the Houses concerts and at other concerts held in Nowra, Campbelltown, Mittagong and Bowral. Thomas’ dedication to attending the weekly band rehearsals has led to ongoing improvements in his singing and performance skills. Thomas recently purchased a bass guitar and will start lessons in the coming weeks. “I been in the band from the start. I enjoy learning new songs and performing them. I’m looking forward to learning how to play the guitar,” explained Thomas. “I have also enjoyed co-hosting the RockCan Hour on 92.5FM Youth Radio and playing my favourite songs.”
Thomas is quite the seasoned performer having also been part of Interchange Australia’s drama group, the Stage Fright Players. “I performed in A Play About a Play, Grease, Bonanza, Christmas Cabaret and I Haven’t Got a Cluedo Yet…I enjoyed everything about being part of these productions.”
All of these services combined with Thomas’ drive to engage in new experiences has resulted in many positive outcomes for him including an increased level of independence. Congratulations Thomas on all of your achievements to date.
For more information about our wide range of services offered under the NDIS, please call our friendly and experienced consultants on 1300 112 334.