Tuesday 4th September 2018 saw the newly commissioned team warmly received in a very dry Winton for a two-day clinic with a team comprising two counsellors, a clinical psychologist, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist, ably led by our co-ordinator and supervisor, Louise and Wendy. The goal was to build on foundational relationships established during an ‘engagement’ visit at the end of July, with stakeholders in the Shire Council, Winton State School, the Neighbourhood Centre, Little Swaggies childcare centre, St Patrick’s School as well as several business owners and operators. The town is certainly getting to know us and our trademark uniform!
We were delighted to be able to work with some middle and senior high school students in helping build positive life skills through group work, whilst our occupational therapist and speech pathologist were able to assess and progress many connections. Time was also spent getting alongside the resilient business owners and staff in the town as we commence this journey of partnering with the Winton community into the future.
As always, local accommodation was very comfortable indeed, with good food, gorgeous sunrises and friendly brolgas to greet our day. The famous Tattersalls pub was the hub of the town and we enjoyed two amazing meals with the biggest, tastiest steaks on offer in QLD!
As always, the ‘value add’ of casual encounters along the way cannot be measured and so we all look forward to the fruit of the seeds sown.