MOSAIC Support Services is on a mission to ensure everyone can live their life, their way – and the organisation’s wide range of programs and activities were on display at its annual expo in Moonah last month.
Hundreds of people attended the expo at Bowen Road Primary School between 21 and 25 January, with new and current Mosaic clients able to get hands-on and try a variety of support programs and activities available to people living with disability.
This ranged from gardening classes and chocolate-making courses to games of table tennis and ten-pin bowling.
The expo also gave prospective clients and their families an opportunity to get to know Mosaic’s support workers, who were on-hand throughout the event to answer questions and sign up new clients.
Mosiac chief executive officer Lynne Harwood said the expo had been running annually for about a decade.
She said this year’s event showcased all the organisation’s services including independent supported living, community access, training, and emergency and planned respite.
“We’re coming together as a whole organisation with a newfound understanding of what it means for us to be sustainable in an NDIS world, and what choice and control really means from a client perspective,” she said.
“We want clients to see and experience all the different things they could be doing with us, and then help guide them as to what is appropriate for them.
“We find that clients might have done one thing, like dance, for a long time, and that’s all they want to do.
“But when they’re exposed to music or photography or one of the sports we do, they then find something else they really enjoy.”
The expo was officially opened by Disability Services and Community Development Minister Jacquie Petrusma, who said the Liberal Government had worked with Mosaic on many projects, including providing respite services to children at the Lutana Centre.
“Organisations like Mosaic work in close partnership with the Government to help build an inclusive, accessible and supportive society that enables all Tasmanians to thrive,” she said.
“The expo is a great opportunity for the community to become familiar with the programs run by Mosaic and I hope as many people as possible take up the opportunity to understand what is on offer.”
For more information about Mosaic Support Service and its programs, visit www.mosaictas.org.au.
Caption: Disability Services and Community Development Minister Jacquie Petrusma with Mosaic Support Services participants at the annual expo late last month.