Staying Connected

Welcome to the Summer Foundation’s Staying Connected page.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made feeling and staying connected more important than ever before.

This page provides the opportunity for people with disability to share their stories.


A MESSAGE FROM EMMA

 
My name’s Emma Gee and I’ve recently joined the Summer Foundation’s Lived Experience team. With a background as an Occupational Therapist and then surviving a stroke at the age of 24, I hope that I can share my experiences as a provider and recipient to further humanise the incredible work that the Summer Foundation already delivers!

As I have been both physically and emotionally impacted by my stroke, my writing is one way that enables me to draw on my own and others experiences and articulate them hopefully in a means whereby people feel more valued, informed and empowered. I hope to demonstrate the power in relaying your individual stories.

Wherever you’re at in your journey, sharing your story will enable you to feel more heard, connected and in doing so, build capacities and opportunities. Join me and share your story here on this page. xxx

READ ONE OF MY RECENT BLOG POSTS – MASKING YOUR HAPPINESS

Do you have a story to share?

If you have a story you would like to share please contact Gina by email at peersupport@summerfoundation.org.au  or call 1300 935 717 or 0499 333 105.


Michelle

MICHELLE’S STORY

Personally, COVID-19 hasn’t really impacted me in a bad way and has actually been a lovely opportunity to spend quality time with my family. I have really missed my support workers though, as they have not been able to come to my home during this time.

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V

V’S STORY

Q: What has been your biggest concern during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Staying COVID-free mainly… Especially in a household where we have support workers coming and going. Luckily I have a great team of women supporting me who understand that keeping me safe means keeping themselves and their families safe too. As long as everybody is doing their part to do that, we can prevent the spread amongst ourselves and our loved ones.

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Kirby

KIRBY’S STORY

Q: What has been your biggest concern during the COVID-19 pandemic?

My biggest worry is getting COVID-19, because I have no idea and no control over who people who come into my home are mixing with outside my home. I worry someone will have come into contact with COVID-19 and then I will get it. It was really difficult to get masks, gloves or hand sanitiser.

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NEED TO ACCESS PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT?
The Summer Foundation recently asked NDIS participants about their PPE needs. Most respondents said they did not have easy access to affordable PPE that they needed to stay safe. We have launched 2 PPE online stores in partnership with 2 of Australia’s largest PPE suppliers – RSEA and Blackwoods.

Access our new PPE online stores, information about PPE and the results of our online PPE survey on our PPE Initiative page here.


WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

The Summer Foundation has connected with a number of people with disability over the years who have taken the time to share their personal stories with us. Here are a couple of our latest stories:

LISA’S STORY

Lisa has lived in a nursing home for about 6 years. Lisa shares how it feels to be preparing to move into an SDA apartment.

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SAM’S STORY

Sam shares the journey from a group home to living independently with support in an SDA apartment.

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LIZ’S POEM

Liz shares through a poem her journey into her new SDA apartment.

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