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Season's Greetings from everyone at Tweddle

Posted by Kerrit Gottliebsen | 18/12/13

Tweddle has experienced a year of significant change, strengthened partnerships and program evaluation. Our new faces have included Jacquie O’Brien, CEO, Nick Catton, Director of Corporate Services, Sue Wilson, Manager of Community Programs and Ashleigh Kimpton, Reception Front Office Administration. We’ve welcomed new MyTime staff and programs in Wyndham Vale and Essendon with the support of community partners Manor Lakes College and City of Moonee Valley.  In addition we’ve delivered parenting programs to incarcerated parents at Dame Phyllis Frost, Tarrengower and Port Phillip Prisons.

We bid farewell to dedicated and passionate Board Members Julie Freeman, Josie Rizza and Rob Patterson. Our new Board members, Diana Nelson, Heather Johnson Way and Melanie Telford, have been briefed on our services and are providing Tweddle with their sound expertise and guidance.

2013 saw Tweddle worked strategically with Child FIRST alliances to deliver programs that involved families in the introduction to our services.  Assessment and Intake have been working on refining an innovative service model that is leading the way in this new integrated services approach.

We were very grateful for donations and grants, including new first aid equipment, Rotary Footscray, a new outdoor setting, Guests Furniture Hire, and bi-lingual and indigenous children’s books and play equipment from The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. We also thank the Felton Bequest, the 6a Foundation, Mary MacKillop Foundation, William Angliss Foundation and the Peter Williams Trust for their generous donations.

Tweddle has completed a four week play based pilot which will continue into 2014.  The Pilot, ‘SSNAP’ (Stories, Songs, Nursery Rhymes and Play) rotates through a series of interactive activities for families in 30 minute sessions.  Kanthi Sayers, Tweddle Psychologist is leading the program and the participant feedback has been very positive.  Through this pilot, we have encouraged parents to use play, stories and singing and as a way of building social and emotional skills and confidence for themselves and their children.  

We’ve been very social and have an ever increasing online following including 525 Facebook friends, 540 followers on Twitter and 497 subscribers to our online subscriber newsletter. Our online community has enjoyed the latest resources, research and sector news as indicated by their many positive comments.  

The year ahead will see the restructuring of the Clinical Services area which will give staff the opportunity for program rotation supported by the new residential services leadership team.  The Tweddle 2020 vision paper is about to be commissioned and it is a key piece of work for the Board in thinking about the future.

Tweddle partnerships are critical to our services and the Director of Clinical Service/Nursing, Andi Jones, reflected on the importance of partnerships into the future:“As we move towards an environment such as the DHS Service Connect Model, working with partners will become even more critical in building a sustainable organisation. ”

Our new leadership teams are innovative, experienced and energised in working towards Tweddle’s vision, ‘Healthy Families’. The ‘2020 – Tweddle’s vision paper being prepared for the Board will consolidate a range of options for their consideration.  All in all, very exciting times ahead .

Board of Management and Executive Staff wish you a happy, safe and a well deserved break. May you enjoy and appreciate the company of your families and friends. We hope 2014 brings you very many joyful experiences.

Season's Greetings from Tweddle


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