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A group of volunteers with a Cerebral Palsy Alliance client
 
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It's National Volunteer Week this year and we have more than 1,400 volunteers filling a number of roles across our organisation. We want to thank you all for your great support and hours of hard work! Read more on our blog

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Two women walking - the woman on the left is a teen with cerebral palsy using a walker, she is wearing work out clothes and her hair is in a pony tail. On the right is a woman who is wearing a long sleeve top and black pants. They are walking on a path past a green hedge.
 
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You don’t need to just go to the gym to be active and give your body the exercise and movement it needs. The power of ‘incidental’ exercise is huge. What kind of exercise is that? It’s where you increase your physical activity outside of your time spent in the gym or pool. We have some great tips from our exercise physiologists on our blog. 

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A photo of a young man with cerebral palsy sitting in a meeting room. Includes a quote:
 
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Back from 15 years overseas, Ben and his family have landed in Sydney in time for the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). To help them understand this new funding model and what they need to do to be ready they booked a free one-to-one Preparation and Support Meeting. We met with them before and after to see how this meeting would help them. 

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A photograph of NDIS booklets spread out on a table with the text some NDIS factsheets you need to read.
 
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The NDIS website is a great source of information you need for your transition and NDIS journey. We have pulled together five factsheets that will support you as you step into this new process. 

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Three stick figures representing a person in a wheelchair, a man and woman who have question marks above them. The text at the top reads: How do I have my NDIA plan reviewed?
 
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We have been hearing from many people transitioning into the NDIS that they need to have their new plan reviewed, but are not sure where to start. While the NDIA and NDIS website are the definitive source of your information, we have pulled the key information into four steps to help you start the process. 

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Gretel Kileen with May Cameron.
 
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For more than 46 years May Cameron has been a steadfast sight around Leeton as she helped raised close to $1million for Cerebral Palsy Alliance. At the young age of 81, she was recently awarded the prestigious State and National “Volunteer of the Year” awards handed out by the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA). Read more on our blog. 

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A young boy wearing a white chef hat and an orange apron over his clothes smiling at the camera as he sits at a table with cooking instruments
 
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Pizza and cake don’t sound like a usual therapy session, but you would be surprised at what skills your child or young teen old will learn while having fun with their peers. We spoke with therapist Emma Virtue about one of the fun new group therapies being run in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area. 

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Three photos make up the larger photo. On the left is a photo of a laughing boy sitting in his wheelchair, on the top right is a photo of four teens with a disability at a table doing an activity with a teacher and the bottom right is a picture of a boy with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair playing a game where he has to pick up coloured ice block sticks off a table.
 
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The team in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area have developed a program of fantastic group therapy opportunities and we speak to Coordinator Diane Oates about this exciting new program of classes.