Warrigal’s founder turns 100

Save the Date Photo Opportunity

When: 23rd January, 2020, 10 am Morning Tea  Where: Warrigal Mt Warrigal, 5 Rowland Avenue, Mt Warrigal

Nom Rowland OAM, one of the original founders of Warrigal is turning 100 and we invite you to celebrate at morning tea at the original Warrigal Aged Care Home, Mt Warrigal. 

Attendees at the morning tea will include Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba, Warrigal CEO Mark Sewell, current Warrigal Board Members and family and friends.

Before Warrigal opened its doors in 1968, aged care fell to daughters or older people were housed on hospital verandas. There was no aged care home between Wollongong and the Victorian border.

This identified need led Warrigal to being founded by local Lions Soroptimists, Rotary and Apex clubs in partnership with Shellharbour Council to make it happen. Norm, President and member of the local Lions Club at the time was a driving force.

From a Shellharbour Council 10 bed residence, staffed entirely by volunteers, Warrigal has grown to a service for all older Australians in 9 locations, employing over 1100 staff and served by 400 volunteers.

Norm served as Chair on the original Geriatric Project which saw Warrigal come to life, he served as Chair of Warrigal’s Board for many years, and still volunteers today as a Warrigal Company Member. He was awarded an OAM for his services to the Community.

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Media Contact: Lynelle Johnson, Community Relations Manager
ljohnson@warrigal.com.au 0437 929 173

 

Statement: Residents of Warrigal Bundanoon to come home after bushfire evacuation

Residents of Warrigal’s residential aged care home and Retirement Village at Bundanoon will be returned to their home starting this week as a result of local bushfire conditions stabilising.

78 residential aged care home residents, many with high needs and requiring 24/7 nursing, as well as 12 village households were relocated on January 3rd as a precaution against major bushfires burning nearby in the Southern Highlands and Morton National Park.

While there was no immediate threat to the home, Warrigal’s priority is our resident’s safety. We are devastated by the impact these fires have had on Bundanoon and surrounding areas and will work with the Community towards their recovery in any way we can.

“Warrigal determined that the safest option was to relocate all aged care residents temporarily to other Warrigal homes,” said CEO Mark Sewell. “Harbison Care Burradoo also assisted with emergency accommodation for some independent village residents and we thank them for their support.”

“As Warrigal has 9 aged care homes in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Queanbeyan we have the ability to temporarily relocate residents to safer locations. Our residents and their families take comfort that we can relocate our residents to safety within our own network of homes, accessing their own medical records and our own staff looking after them. Where possible we have also utilised staff from Bundanoon to support them with the move.”

“We have been so proud of both our Bundanoon staff who have worked selflessly to ensure our residents comfort and safety- sometimes even as their own homes were in danger, but also the staff at our other homes providing emergency accommodation - Mt Terry, Warilla, Goulburn and Queanbeyan who went out of their way to welcome the Bundanoon residents and put them at ease.” He said Warrigal has been in regular close contact with residents and families to provide updates. We have also had staff impacted by the widespread fires and have offered crisis line counselling, leave arrangements and will be debriefing staff as we return to normal operating conditions.

Warrigal have had regular updates with the Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service (RFS) Inspector and the Incident Controller who have indicated that it was safe to start returning residents to the home over the next few days.
Please be aware that the fire threat has not completely abated in the area and we are being cautious. We are re-admitting residents into the home section by section so the return will be staggered.

In anticipation of residents return we have undertaken a fire risk assessment as well as practical measures such as thorough sweep of the extensive gardens and surrounds of the building to remove branches, foliage and other debris to limit potential threats. We have also cleaned the building to minimise ash and smoke impacts. Warrigal is also considering installing fire abatement systems on and around the building as a part of our risk management planning.

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Media Contact: Lynelle Johnson
0437 929 173, ljohnson@warrigal.com.au

 

Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll: Press Release

It’s happening again! … the annual Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll, is on again this Australia Day at Wollongong Harbour.

The Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll is part of the MMJ Aquathon Australia Day event, one of the Illawarra’s premier sporting and community events held annually and featuring a swim and a run, for beginners to elite athletes.

The Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll is a fun walk, run or roll for all ages and all abilities. It is fully wheelchair and stroller-friendly so everyone can get involved and participate (in 2019 the oldest participant was 96 and the youngest just 2 months).

The full course is 4km around the beautiful Wollongong Harbour including the
spectacular 'blue mile', however there is also a wheelchair-friendly short course (approx 1km) and a mid-length course (approx 3kms) so every participant can achieve a distance to suit their personal goals (and get a participant medal).

Kickstart your Australia Day celebrations by getting a team of friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues together and register at www.aquathon.com.au/walk.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:


The Aquathon event is in its 21st year in 2020 and this will be the 7th year that Warrigal has run the Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll as an all-age, all-ability add on.

Warrigal is a community-owned organisation which supports older people to create inspiring communities and operates a variety of retirement living and aged care services in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Queanbeyan regions of NSW.
Contact details:

Lynelle Johnson
Community Relations Manager
Mobile: 0437 929 173
Email: ljohnson@warrigal.com.au

 

Warrigal Warilla Op Shop - Grand Re-Opening

11am - 1pm, 27th Sptember 2019 - George Street, Warilla

 

Just in time for National Op Shop Week, we'd like to invite our community to help celebrate the grand reopening of our newly refurbished Warrigal Op Shop in Warilla!

After 35 years in operation, Warrigal Warilla;s Op Shop closed its doors in June this year. Over that time the Warrigal Ladies' Auxiliary raised an amazing$1 million dollars for our older residents - from little treats to other necessities to make life easier.

We've been busy the last few months creating a whole new look and feel for you to enjoy! So come along to our Warilla Op Shop's Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Have a free sausage sizzle as you listen to the famous ukulele band, The Blowhole Buskers play live.

PHOTO OP Warrigal Executives will be our models on the day wearing clothes from our op shop - showing the latest trends!

Plus it's a great chance for all you vintage lovers to check out our range and fill a bag for $10. Hope to see you there!

The Mayor of Shellharbour, Marianne Saliba, will also be in attendance.

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Warrigal Queanbeyan Recruitment Information Session

Come along and hear about the exciting career opportunities that are available at our newest state-of-the-art aged care home in Queanbeyan.

We’re looking for passionate new staff members to help provide older people with the support they need by providing them with a range of choices around their lifestyle, entertainment, health and well-being.

There are a number of roles available, including:

  • Nurses (Registered & Endorsed)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Wellbeing Coordinators
  • Companions (Care Services)
  • Concierge Staff

If you’re looking for an opportunity to enter this industry, then come along to this event and meet the team! These sessions are a great place to get your questions answered and learn a little bit more about Warrigal and the wonderful things we do for older people.

If you have any questions, please contact Coreena Schwartz, Talent Management Coordinator on 0436 932 920 or cschwartz@warrigal.com.au

When?

Session 1: 10am to 11:30am, Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Session 2: 6pm to 7:30pm, Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Where?

Queanbeyan Kangaroos Rugby League Football Club

Cnr Stuart St and Richard Ave, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Please register by Friday 30 August on https://bit.ly/2ziD3QQ

 

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