Mary-Anne is a lady with cerebral palsy who commenced with Interchange Australia early 2014.
Prior to becoming a client of Interchange Australia Mary-Anne worked at Welby Garden Centre four days per week. Mary-Anne rarely socialised outside of work aside from with her family and lived a very solitary life.
When Mary-Anne commenced with Interchange Australia her main goals were to increase her independence, increase fitness so that one day she would be able to stand, and also make new friends and build a social network.
Since commencing with Interchange Australia, Mary-Anne has joined many of the activities on offer from peer support through to a variety of the day options programs.
Mary-Anne's favourite activities are the ones where she is able to meet and socialise with other people who have similar interests. Some of Mary-Anne's peer support activities include coastal walks and circus workshops where she can build core strength, dinner groups where she gets the opportunity to catch up with all of her friends and really enjoyed the Disney On Ice outing.
Mary-Anne attends day programs at Springett and Travis House three days per week also respite on some weekends, some of her favourite activities in these programs include the Cheftastics cooking class, 2Fit2Quit where they participate a variety of health and fitness activities from Zumba to swimming, dance and group sports.
In her downtime, which there does not seem to be much of, Mary-Anne will receive one-on-one support to attend and participate in exercise physiology classes at ONTRAC, swimming at the Aquatic Centre in Moss Vale and trips to Macarthur Square and Mount Annan Botanical Gardens, Mary-Anne also fits in the occasional movie in when she has time.
Mary-Anne has achieved both of her goals to get fit, with all of the hard work she has put in at ONTRAC she was able to stand up for the first time in 2016. Mary-Anne developed a social network and as made many wonderful long-lasting friendships throughout the years, Mary-Anne has said that she is "extremely grateful to Interchange Australia for all of the opportunities they have provided to her in helping her reach her goals" over the past six years as well as setting many new ones to achieve as well.
Interchange Australia would like to wish Mary-Anne all the very best in the future and will be by her side as she continues to grow and achieve.
- If you would like to know more about the wonderful and engaging activities and supports we offer at Interchange Australia and would like to know how you too can kick those goals just as Mary-Anne has please visit our website www.interchangeau.org or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/interchangeau or call our office on 02 4868 6688.