Breakaway News & Updates | Autumn 2021

Our gardens are growing

Kate Miller our service leader Community Projects has been spending time with clients and their DSW team to improve the gardens in and around our houses and at Bell Street. Clients are loving getting into the gardens and the positive difference at our sites has been delightful.

The SIL House at Petrie has been working with Kate since January, together they have planted, mulched and beautified the home with lovely colourful flowering plants, the client has engaged in this activity taking instructions well and participating with pride and is eager to show visitors and staff what she has done.

Thanks to everyone involved, it continues to be a positive experience for our client. For those who stop by Bell Street, have you noticed our garden project is growing each week? We have had rain & humidity which our plants love.

A number of our clients, along with Kate and our DSWs have been mulching, planting, popping up signage to share our story, cleaning our donated barbecue, installing two ponds & testing water to get ready for our Native fish coming soon.

We have had lots of positive comments from the community and have bees, butterflies, dragonflies, blue tongued Lizards & magpie mudlarks visiting for a drink.

Short Term Accommodation (Respite)

Now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing the STA has been at capacity. Staff have enjoyed being able to take clients out for lunch on Fridays to Dolphins Club, have outings at Sandgate, BBQs by the beach and even just take clients to have coffee and fish and chips at the beach.

It is great to have our long-standing clients returning and welcoming some new faces. We have been upgrading and refreshing the house, and have an area where clients have art done and done paintings. Virginia, Shannon and the team look forward to seeing clients soon.

Recently a couple of local families donated beautiful blankets for our clients at the STA. Clients have been delighted to have their own blanket and we thank the local ladies who hand made these for their thoughtful generosity.

COVID-19 Update

We continue to stay focused on implementing the Australian Government and Queensland Health advice surrounding COVID-19 compliance and the upcoming rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Our team will be in touch with our SIL Clients to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine.