Mayor of Woollahra visits Miroma

May 22, 2018

Inala had great pleasure in welcoming Mayor Peter Cavanagh to Miroma, one of Inala’s Day Services, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs today. Lynn Garlick (Woollahra Council, Director Corporate Services) and Sharon Campisi (Woollahra Council, Manager Community Development) accompanied the Mayor.

Inala Joint CEOs, Martin Porteous and Rebecca van Bilsen, along with Miroma Manager, Nathalie Neveu took the Mayor through the Vaucluse hub, which provides a flexible range of programs and supports including creative art, physical therapy and individual therapy to individuals with high support needs.

Miroma has three co-ordinated hubs located in Vaucluse, Bellevue Hill and Watsons Bay. Across the three hubs are a flexible range of programs and supports, which include, art therapy, community participation, social and work skills along with personal development that reflects individuals’ aspirations and goals. Supports are also provided in the community, from the clients’ home or at one of the three hubs.

During the Mayor’s visit he enjoyed the range of activities taking place including art, craft and a musical performance by John Billing, a long-time supporter of Inala and world renowned performer of the modern lyre.

During his visit Mayor Peter Cavanagh reflected, “It’s wonderful that you provide so many wonderful programs which are interesting and stimulate the mind. It has been fascinating to see the great work you’re doing. Coming to see Miroma in practice is always better than just reading about it”.

Joint CEO, Martin Porteous shared with the Mayor and visitors that “Inala have been pioneers in a different approach to disability, we recognise that everyone can contribute”.

Miroma clients are keenly involved in the Woollahra community, including helping in the Rose Bay Community Garden and the new Cooper Park Community Garden, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, participating in an IT literacy program at Kambala, participating in the “Crusaders of the Coast” program, work experience with local businesses and dog walking as part of the Dear Neighbour program. Clients also enjoy getting out and about in the local community enjoying the parks and waterways.

Inala is very grateful for the ongoing support provided by the Woollahra Council, particularly through the Council’s Community and Cultural Grants program. The council has been a regular supporter of Miroma’s annual art show and this year it will be held at the Gaden Café in September. The art show is a free community and cultural event open daily to the public for two weeks.

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