NEXUS celebrated 20 years of service in the disability sector with a formal event at Elwick Racecourse Function Centre on 6 October.
The event recognised 20 years since the establishment of Nexus on 1 October 1998 and was attended by clients, family, friends and staff.
The formal event provided an opportunity for clients to dress up in formal evening wear and celebrate among friends and awards were handed out to staff members who have been with the company for 10, 15 and 20 years.
Nexus chief executive officer Mark Jessop said that for many of the younger clients, the event was similar to attending a school formal, which many of them had not been able to do.
“It’s very easy for people with a disability to not get dressed up to go out,” he said.
“There are public misconceptions that these people don’t have an interest in dressing up.
“All of the clients had the most wonderful time, dressing up and socialising with each other, it was great to see the Nexus community come together.
“Some of the younger clients organised for an old Holden car to drop them off at the event – it had a very ‘leavers dinner’ feel to it, which was great.”
Mr Jessop said the celebration had given clients and staff the opportunity to celebrate 20 years of good work.
In the coming months, Nexus will be launching new disability housing in Abbotsfield Road, Claremont in collaboration with CatholicCare.
The company hopes to continue to address the growth in demand for housing for people who have been given support through NDIS pay.
Nexus are continuing to develop innovative support programs for people living with a disability.
Mr Jessop said Nexus was focusing on helping to build people’s capacity to be as independent as they could be.
“Nexus want to provide equipment, resources and support staff to help clients to help themselves,” he said.
For more information about Nexus, visit www.nexusinc.org.au.
Caption: Nexus house residents, from left, Pat and Alanna Zapotocky at the 20th anniversary celebrations.