Congratulations 'Jordy Can Do Errands For You'!

Jordy Can Do Errands For You is celebrating its fifth year in business.

Jordyn ‘Jordy’ Threlfo’s is known to people in the Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Maitland CBDs for his smile and amazing work ethic.

'Jordy Can Do Errands for You' is an errand and small jobs service designed as a 'time saver' service for clients who work in the CBD. It offers excellent rates, a client loyalty program and service with a smile.

Jordy's services include shredding, vacuuming, window cleaning, letterbox drops, cleaning golf carts, deliveries and pick ups – all things that can save businesses time on busy days.

Jordy includes his clients among his friends and recently celebrated the success of his business with them.

Visit Jordy's facebook page for more information.


Photo source: @JordyCanDoErrandsForYou 7 June 2017 Facebook post

Photo source: @JordyCanDoErrandsForYou 7 June 2017 Facebook post

Cessnock's Accessibility & Inclusion Plan

Cessnock City Council adopted a Disability Inclusion Action Plan in June 2017

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan (2017-2021) was developed in consultation with the community and provides a strategic framework to ensure everyone enjoys all aspects of community life.

The Plan has four focus areas:

  1. Develop positive community attitudes and behaviours
  2. Create liveable communities
  3. Support access to meaningful employment
  4. Improve access to services through better systems and processes.

    Each focus area has a list of actions for all areas of Council to improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disability living and visiting the area.

    For more information visit the Council's website.


    Supported accommodation in Cessnock is in safe hands

    Hunter Valley Disability Services Ltd was chosen for the transfer and operation of 37 NSW state-run disability supported accommodation homes across the Hunter Region

    Hunter Valley Disability Services is a not-for-profit consortium comprising of local organisations that are well-respected in their communities, including Finding Yellow, Ability Options, Connectability Australia and accommodation partner Evolve Housing.  

    Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, said the successful providers had strong histories of supporting people with disability and proven track records in rural and regional areas. 

    Finding Yellow and its consortium members are committed to the people they support. The consortium will focus on ensuring the transition for residents, their families and support staff is as smooth as possible. The transfers are expected to commence from 1 December 2017.

    We are really excited by this wonderful opportunity and look forward to welcoming participants, families and staff, and ensuring people with disabilities live inclusively in their communities, assisted by support services delivered with integrity, respect, compassion, innovation, diversity and understanding.  Mr Fred Van Steel, Consortium Chair.

    The NSW Department of Family and Community Services will continue to provide affected staff, residents, their families and guardians with more information leading up to the transfer. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the transfer process, contact Transfer Connect by email or toll-free on 1800 870 789 from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

    Information is also available at and

    'Come and Try Day' at Cessnock PCYC

    Finding Yellow, in collaboration with several of Cessnock’s disability service providers collaborated to host 'Come and Try Day'

    According to the Cessnock Advertiser, about 200 attended the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 'Come and Try Day' at PCYC Cessnock on Friday, 2 December 2016.

    All people – with and without a disability – in the Cessnock community were welcomed to come along and try a number of sports and recreational activities, including wheelchair yoga, wheelchair basketball, soccer, cricket, bocce, music and art.

    “The day aims to celebrate the achievements of locals living with a disability, while raising awareness around the importance of inclusion,” said Endeavour Group Australia communications officer Kate Krajewski

    The event was been organised by a volunteer committee of local disability service providers, community groups and Cessnock City Council.

    Event partners included Finding Yellow, Cessnock PCYC, Endeavour Group Australia, Ability Links, House With No Steps, Amped-Ability, Challenge Community Services, Choices, Cessnock City Council, the Mai-Wel Group, All Ability Sports Coaching and Zumba with Kim.

    Photo Source:  Cessnock Advertiser , 5 December 2016

    Photo Source: Cessnock Advertiser, 5 December 2016

    Art Exhibition | Cessnock Includes You

    Artists with disability were championed as part of the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebrations

    Cessnock Includes You showcased pieces from artists who participated in Mai-Wel Group’s inclusive creative arts programs at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery.  Exhibitions included installation, digital arts, music, sculpture and artwork.

    The works on display were mostly collaborative pieces created by program participants and mentors, with some works by individual artists. According to the The Advertiser, participants have also helped to curate the exhibition and one has even started volunteering at the Cessnock gallery.

    The CRAG hosted Arts4All community classes that strive to promote integration and collaboration between artists with and without disability, often exploring different mediums and ideas and using the inspirational surrounds of the current exhibition within the gallery to create both independent and collaborative works.

    Nine artists from the Mai-Wel program entered CRAG’s inaugural Spring Art Fair in September 2016.

    Maitland Regional Art Gallery also exhibited works from artists with disability.

    Photo source:  The Advertiser , 28 November 2016

    Photo source: The Advertiser, 28 November 2016

    Jenny wins Community Services Customer Service Award

    We’re excited to share the news that Jenny won the Customer Service Award for Community Services sector at last Friday night’s annual customer service awards at Cessnock Leagues Club.

    Staff, residents & families had a wonderful night celebrating with Jenny & thank Cessnock Chamber of Commerce.

    For the full story & photos, visit the Cessnock Advertiser’s website.

    Timeless Textiles Stitch-a-thon 2014

    To celebrate International Women’s Day, Timeless Textiles in Islington NSW will host a 14 hour Stitch-a-Thon.

    Participants are invited to drop in anytime beween 6am and 8pm and add a stitch or two to a long white ribbon. This day will not only recognize the achievements of women in our community but also contribute to the campaign to end violence against women.

    All donations will support White Ribbon Australia

    For more details click on the links below

    White Ribbon

    White Ribbon Stitch pdf