People We Support

It’s been very warm lately, so we thought it was a good time to remind everyone about Sun Safety. After a visit from the Cancer Council,the Words & Actions group reported back on what they had learned:

On Tuesday 21st November a lady names Jill from the Cancer Council came to visit the Moonah venue to talk to use about sun safety.

We learned that if the UV is over 3 you need to slip on a hat, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on some sunnies. The UV rays cannot be seen or felt and they can even damage you skin on cool and cloudy days. Sun protection is most needed from mid-September to mid-April in Tasmania. We also learned that if you have a mole that is changing or getting bigger you should get it checked by a doctor.

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Many other groups joined on the day to learn, and Jill also spoke a bit about other ways we can stay healthy and prevent cancer. Participants had some great questions for Jill, which she answered, and engaged everyone in discussion about Sun Safety and healthy eating.

If you want to check what the daily UV rating is, the Cancer Council have a SunSmart App available on the App Store.

The Time in the Shed program at Mornington has been very busy working on a variety of projects.

The participants were very excited when showing me their recent project that they have working on for the last few weeks.
I recently spoke with the group and  Travis Yasserie to get an insight into what has been going on in this program.
Travis had this to say;

The aim of each project is to ensure each participants capabilities are explored, recognised and have the opportunity to work together as a team.

The combined skill and knowledge from all attributes are put into these projects by the participants, ‘demonstrating that ability to participate is what matters most’. Travis mentioned that the guys can accomplish whatever they put their mind to.

The Time in the Shed crew make projects for each other supported by employees with a lot of handy materials that they have been able to source for the program.

The most recent project is Malcolm’s personalised dressing table with his favourite football team, matching paint colour with mirror as pictured. The drawers are kept in original condition with new knobs and the bottom drawers have his football team plaque screwed on from the inside.

Like all projects within the Time in the Shed program, the participants assist each other with all work enabling everyone involved to gain experience and skills particularly with working as a group.

Keep up the great work guys!

Simon Barton
Service Manager- Fit for Life

Mosaic Annual Gala Ball was held on the 9th of September at Wrest Point Casino.

The Hollywood themed ball was attended by 160 guests including corporate tables, employees and politicians. This was a substantial increase on last years event which is fantastic to see.

A huge thank you to the participants and employees who contributed to the success of the evening, whether through art, dance or multimedia, the night would not have been possible with out all of your hard work.

The Master of Ceremonies was Ron Franks who did a great job again this year and we would like to thank him for donating his time. We also had a surprise performance from Austin Franks who truly is a rising star.

Nic Stephen from Advance Workforce Development who is a trainer, facilitator, coach, father, husband and Stroke Safe Ambassador was the guest speaker and was very  inspirational to the attendees.  There were performances from Mosaic’s Amara and Miss Kitty Meows Burlesque who both did a great job.

Conor Canning from Ray White ran a very successful and entertaining auction pushing the bids up to maximise the contributions to the fundraising goal.

A huge thank you also to Rude Boy who ran a pop-up bar and donated the profits back to Mosaic.

The evening  raised $20,824.00 which has been allocated by the executive management team with the money going towards the completion of the Respite deck, the purchase of a kiln and upgrading the Multimedia Room. These will all be dedicated to participant programs.

Finally, a really big thankyou to the many partners and sponsors who contributed prizes and other ‘in kind’ contributions and of course the many guests who came along and generously participated in the evening.

Rosie Voglino
Marketing and Communications Coordinator


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On November 19th, Yvonne and Jacqui went to see Todd McKenney in a Peter Allen Tribute Show at Wrest Point Casino.

Yvonne thoroughly enjoyed the show and was treated to a special serenade by Todd!  As you can see by the look on her face, it made her night. 


My Home resident David Hamilton could quite possibly be Dr Who’s biggest fan. You will see David sporting his Tom Baker Scarf every day and can always hear the familiar sounds of the Dr Who show coming from his unit.

So why not turn his spare room into a place of imagination and fun by using his beloved Dr Who as the theme?

Together, Myself and David set out to do just that! A project that would take 6 months to fully complete, using some creativity, laughter and basic supplies, we  handmade each small and large item that takes pride of place in this dream room. Larger items like the bookcase were given a fresh coat of ‘Tardis Blue’ to compliment the room.

It is evident that David is in his element when lounging back in his Dr Who room, watching his Dr Who dvds and singing the Dr Who theme – like Dr Who said “for some people, small beautiful things are what life is all about”.

Jess Briers
Key Worker- My Home

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The Mosaic My Home Client and Family Christmas Event occurred on Sunday the 4th December 2016 with over 160 people in attendance including clients, families, friends, staff and board members.

Once again we held the event at the Lindisfarne Rowing Club with Chinnocks Catering as our ever fantastic supplier of a great meal. It was a very happy and festive event with fantastic weather and great company. This annual celebration cannot happen in isolation and with the wonderful support of the My Home Team and Board Members everything ran very smoothly.

A big thankyou to Austin Franks for entertaining us by singing us a few songs – he was absolutely fabulous and has a very big career in entertainment if that is what he chooses to do! Also thanks to Luke Obrien who ran the photo booth for us which was a big hit to clients and families.

Merry Christmas Everyone.


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The below information has been supplied to us by the City of Hobart. We think that this information is great and want to share it with all of our clients and families.

The City of Hobart is committed to making our venues and events as accessible as possible so that they can be enjoyed by all visitors. The following information will assist guests with access and mobility issues.

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On the 20th of August, Barbara celebrated her 90th birthday and a birthday party was a must.

After much planning and excitement the big day finally arrived and pampering the birthday girl was underway.   Breakfast in bed, home visits from the hairdresser and nail technician, a new outfit, the lippy and Barb was ready to party.

The party was held at the RSL Club Gallipolli room, and Barb arrived early to welcome her guests as they arrived. 70 plus guests! Family members, friends and well wishers came with cards, presents and flowers and she was in her element reigning supreme.

As the afternoon progressed we heard speeches from her grand daughters Lisa and Darlene. Her long time friend Shirley Sonner shared some stories about Barbs younger years and some of the mischief  she got up to. Along with the laughs there were many happy memories for Barb. We heard from Denice Cashion who regaled us with some more recent stories and humour about living in the group home and time at Willow Court.

After the speeches it was time to eat, drink and merry. Barb enjoyed a bottle of beer, a gift from the barman who had been listening to her stories and Barb had won another heart.

Next came the birthday cake (Barbs favourite food), blowing out the candles and cutting the cake. Barb took the microphone so she could sing to us, she gained cheers and applause from all including other patrons in the bar.

Barb had a lovely time and was thrilled with all the gifts and flowers she received. The gift that shone for her most, was from her wonderful grand daughter Danya in the form of a beautiful 7lb 8oz baby girl, Maya Louise who arrived the morning of Barbara’s birthday, Great grandma is very proud of her first great granddaughter.

Watching Barb spend time with her family and friends and seeing her pleasure in their company, I’m sure everyone present could see her tenacity, her courage and love of life that has helped carry her through to this milestone of her life.

The day ended with a weary but very happy lady and all her guests felt privileged to have shared in her big day.

Julia Roberts
Disability Support Worker

Mosaic could not be more proud of the commitment, strength and overall creativity from all of the contributors to the week-long event held at the Moonah Arts Centre. MoFA has excited the hearts and minds of our collective audience, which not only included clients and employees within the Mosaic space, but also across the entire arts community in Hobart.

The energy from those who have taken part in the original collection of many art forms has been truly breathtaking.  This memorable event has reinforced the commitment of our employees to our clients to express themselves, share their varied creative talents, and truly “live life my way”. The MFoA fortified the belief that each and every one of us has a meaningful contribution to make to our wider society and has successfully pushed forward to breaking the glass ceiling for actors and artisans of all abilities.

Documentation of the opening of the inaugural Mosaic Festival of Art at Moonah Art Centre. Moonah

Documentation of the opening of the inaugural Mosaic Festival of Art at Moonah Art Centre. Moonah


Documentation of the opening of the inaugural Mosaic Festival of Art at Moonah Art Centre. Moonah

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PROGRAM- Mosaic Festival of Arts 2016



Luke turned 20 on 08/09/2016. For his birthday he invited his friends through Facebook, family by phone and of course invited all staff from the Mosaic office when he came in that week! The day had come and Luke had decided to visit his mum for the day to celebrate his birthday with her. But first there was the morning at The Bay house. Off course the house was decorated with banners and there was cake for breakfast. Luke decided he wanted his presents straight away so he unwrapped his presents(2 deadpool t-shirts, a voucher to pick up WWE 2K 17 in October when it releases, a gift card for EB games and, his favourite, a call of duty jumper which he wore straight away!)

Tarnya, Luke’s mum, treated Luke well with a nice lunch with the two of them together. Tammy (normally one of Luke’s support workers but at the moment the house service manager) dropped him off and picked Luke up again in time to get ready for his party. Luke was getting more and more excited as his party was about to start. The first people started arriving and food was ready. Pizza was on the menu and there were also sausage rolls and party pies. But instead of digging in, Luke had decided we couldn’t start until his Nan had arrived, as she had made sure she got back in time from Melbourne to come to Luke’s party. A few people were surprised at this but the people that know Luke well knew he is a gentleman (at times) and would not want his Nan to miss out.

As soon as Shirley arrived we started on the pizzas and then, while most people were quiet while eating, Luke thought this would be a great moment for him to start telling stories. And as we know Luke, we knew something was coming. He started telling about all kinds of things that were too embarrassing to repeat here! And thinking that all the stories were nearly over till more people arrived and Luke had to include everyone before he could finish. Then of course, there was cake. Not just any cake but a special Collingwood cake that Tammy had ordered for Luke. It was not only one of the best looking cakes I have eaten but it was delicious too! When all the cake was gone, and Luke had run out of stories, he thanked everyone for coming and it was time to wrap up the night. All that I have left to say is thanks to all that helped to make it a great day!

Disability Support Worker


On Wednesday 27th July the Independence & Empowerment group were invited to visit the Certificate III Disability class at Tas TAFE.

Nick Brooks, Alex Morris-Baguley, Gerry Cruz-Groombridge, Kaylee Millington and Joel Nichols were accompanied by employees Bianca McKenzie and Tiff Cooper. The group have been working this year on creating Pictello presentations about their lives and the things that are important to them. This has given them the opportunity to practice their literacy skills and express themselves in different and easily accessible ways. (Pictello is an iPad app used for creating visual stories that can be read out by a speech generator).  Some members of the group (such as Rachael Jackson and Bridget Coyle who couldn’t attend on the day) are quite skilled with the app and have even been mentoring their peers in how to use it.

The group who visited TAFE showed their Pictello presentations to the students, talked about their experiences at Mosaic, and the other achievements they have been making in their lives. Students also had the opportunity to ask questions, which some participants answered verbally, while others such as Nick and Kaylee had the opportunity to answer using their communication devices and show their skills using Key Word Sign.

Although talking to such a large group was daunting for some at first, they quickly warmed to the students and took great pride in sharing their life experiences. At the end of the session each client was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Tas TAFE.

The group’s presentation to the students was so well received that they have been invited back in coming weeks to meet with the students again.

The Independence & Empowerment group is a Know How program that runs on Wednesdays under the coordination of Kim Wheeler and Tracy Ryan. Since the group has been working on these projects we have seen a great increase in their confidence, and also learned new things from our clients that have helped us provide more opportunities within their My Community Programs.


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