Pinarc November Update

Pinarc November Update

Good afternoon Pinarc Parent Support Families and Connections,

There are a few activities and events that have come out since the November update and are happening very soon so please find a mini-update below.  I have also included reminders about things like the Carers Victoria online sessions and Carer Gateway. 

Please note that I will be on leave from this afternoon until November 30th.  For urgent Parent Support matters during that time, please call Pinarc reception on 53291300.

That also means that parent support groups for the rest of this month have been cancelled.   I am hopeful that upon my return I can begin planning form face to face meetings in December.


Pinarc Parent Support November Mini Update

Hockey 4 All Ballarat Program.

Delivered by Hockey Victoria and Ballarat Hockey, Hockey 4 All is designed to give participants aged 5-12 years old with disabilities or special needs, a fun environment where they can learn fundamental skills of hockey, while providing a sense of social connectedness and improving mental and physical wellbeing. Running over five weeks, the program features a minimum coach ratio of 1:3 and all equipment is supplied each week for participants to use.

Program Information
When: Saturday 7th November – 5th December (five week program)
Time: 9am – 10am
Where: Ballarat Hockey Centre, 59-77 Gillies St N, Lake Wendouree, VIC 3350
Cost: $45
Register: Online (

For more information about the program, please contact Michaela Cook from Hockey Victoria at or call 0437 035 812.


The North Ballarat Cricket Club All Abilities Team

The North Ballarat Cricket Club are proud to announce the establishment of an all abilities cricket team to participate in the Melbourne All Abilities Cricket Association (MAACA) 2020/21 competition. To be eligible for the team individuals are required to have an intellectual disability, possess a disability/pension card and be aged 16 years or older.

Try-Out Session Details

  • Date: Sunday 15th November 2020
  • Time: 10am – 12pm (please arrive at 9:45am to sign in)
  • Venue: Northern Oval 2, 725 Creswick Road, Wendouree VIC 3355
  • Additional information:

o  Please bring your own cricket equipment if you own some (the Club can provide equipment but prefers not to due to COVID-19).

o  Attendees must abide by COVID-19 protocols and must not attend if they have any of the following symptoms: fever, coughing, fatigue, shortness of breath or a sore throat.

  • Following the try-outs, a final squad will be announced on Tuesday 17th November 2020.

Round 1 of the MAACA competition commences on Sunday 6th December 2020.

For additional information please contact:  Adam Eddy, North Ballarat Cricket Club
M: 0401 811 381  E:


People Outdoor Camps Program

Camps for children ages 6- 14, teens 13- 17, combined kids 6-17 and adults

Call 03 9863 6824 or email  to make a booking.

They will provide you with a quote based on what funding you currently have (NDIS or DHHS).

If you are NDIS funded, a Service Agreement will be sent to you along with confirmation of your place on the camp.


Amaze Workshops

AMAZE Webinar: Accessing the NDIS (children and young people).

3 Parts 10.30am-12.30pm  Thursday 12th November,  Thursday 19th November,  Thursday 26th November



AWETISM 2020 Virtual Expo

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20th - 9:00AM to 8:00PM AEDT

AWETISM 2020 Virtual Expo is a free event targeted at Autistic students both primary and secondary, who are aware of their Autism diagnosis. The Expo will showcase the awe-inspiring talents of Autistic students (aged 9-20-years-old) by giving them a platform to present on their unique passions, theories and skills. AWETISM 2020 will also provide an opportunity to expose Autistic students to companies building meaningful career pathways for Autistic adults.

50 I CAN TALKS - Presentations by Autistic students from all over Australia.

4 PANEL DISCUSSIONS with Featured Guests.

20 EXHIBITON BOOTHS from our supporters and partners.

I CAN SHOWCASES of our regions to build our I CAN communities.


ALL DAY live discussions and take-home resources.


Carer Gateway

Register by calling 1800 422 737
When you call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737, you will reach a Carer Gateway service provider in your area. A trained worker will be available to talk with you and then help you to find services and support to meet your needs.

Carer services are available through a new Australia-wide network of Carer Gateway service providers.  More information:


Carers Victoria Education and Wellbeing Programs -  Now Online
Register for any of these FREE sessions here:

In calendar order they are:


Advance Care Planning An Introduction Online Workshop

We don’t know what tomorrow will bring or what may become of our health. However, we can plan for what we want and don’t want.

Monday, 16 November 2020   7.00pm - 8.00pm

Mental Health First Aid Training Online For Carers

Become a Mental Health First Aider - Complete online modules and workshops


Monday, 16 November 2020    1.00pm - 3.30pm

Over-Caring Costs the Carer Online Workshop

When carers over-care. Do you find yourself doing more for the person you support than you would like?

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10.00am - 11.00am

Powers of Attorney Online Workshop

This workshop discusses powers of attorney and guardianship and administration orders.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Medical Treatment Decisions and Advance Care Directives Online Workshop

Who makes medical treatment decisions when an adult cannot give consent?

Thursday, 19 November 2020  7.00pm - 8.00pm

The Art of Being Assertive Online Workshop

Being assertive helps carers to look after themselves.

Friday, 20 November 2020   10.00am - 11.00am

Managing Future-Worry Online Workshop

Tackling the what-ifs

Monday, 23 November 2020 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Supported Decision-Making Online Workshop

Do you support an adult with cognitive disability to make important legal decisions?

Monday, 23 November 2020 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Guardianship and Administration Online Workshop

This workshop discusses guardianship and administration orders and the process for making an application to VCAT.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020   10.00am - 11.00am

Listen to your Art Online Four Part Program

Carers Victoria invites you to join our art group. Creativity brings people together, inspires and soothes the soul, which is so important in these challenging times.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020    10.00am - 12.00pm

Write Your Cares Away Online Workshop

Writing about your thoughts and feelings can reduce stress and contribute to positive health and wellbeing.

Thursday, 26 November 2020     10.00am - 11.00am

Communicating with Professionals Online Workshop

Communicating with professionals can be overwhelming and frustrating for carers.

Thursday, 26 November 2020  1.00pm - 2.00pm

Strong Boundaries, Strong Carers Online Workshop

When boundaries are crossed

Friday, 27 November 2020    10.00am - 11.00am


Kind regards,

Rebecca Paton

Parent Support Program Coordinator

Pinarc Disability Support

Ph: 5329 1361

Fax: 5333 4743

Days of work: Mon – Wed