Whyalla Y-Day Options Coordinator Alison Homes has been rewarded for hard work and dedication to supporting those in the community with disabilities.
Ms Homes was awarded the YMCA State Community Connections Award in Adelaide on Saturday, August 26, after dedicating nearly six years to helping the disabled through the Y-Day Options program in Whyalla.
Ms Homes wasn’t told that she had been nominated and found out just before she left to go to the Annual Awards Night when she saw an email with the Nominees for the awards.
The reason Ms Homes was going to Adelaide was to receive a 5 year Service Award and was shocked and surprised to have won the award.
Her manager Marion Modra nominated her for the award with the help of some remarks from her staff and parents of the young people in the group.
YMCA SA CEO Hayden Robins awarded the Community Connections Award with a few words.
“Recently our Y-Day Options program in Whyalla had a visit from our DCSI funding partner – so probably the Peak Disability Body in the State and this was the comment on their report,” he said.
“This Program is exemplary – the best thing that has happened in Disability in Whyalla. It restores my faith in our funding.”
Y-Day Options shared part of the Whyalla Swim Clubrooms at the Whyalla Recreation and Leisure Centre where they were based for around 3 years before moving into the Orana Respite House.
Ms Homes worked on her own for a few years until more clients joined the group and now Y-Day has 5 casual staff.
“I am sure that I wouldn’t have won the award if it wasn’t for great staff who have been behind me all the way and put in a wonderful effort to give the clients rewarding learning opportunities,” she said.
People in Whyalla have gotten to know the Y-Day Group who enjoy being out in the community.
The group stands out in red, black and white YMCA shirts and can often be seen at Westlands or in the Library.
“YMCA Y-Day Options is a program designed to help adults who have left school to be able to meet regularly with peers with disabilities,” Ms Homes said.
Some of the activities that the group has participated in this year include:
- Community Service – helping the elderly with gardening
- Visiting Copperhouse Court to participate in a “Rock Painting” session with the residents. The rocks were to be given to children to hide and participate in SA Rocks game.
- Excursions/Day trips out of Whyalla
- Cooking and many other activities.
If anyone is interested in their child attending Y-Day Options contact Alison on 0407841960.