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Thomas Hruza Exhibition Starts October 14

Gaden is excited to be hosting Thomas Hruza’s “The Retrospective” exhibition.

Tom has been actively teaching and exhibiting for over 40 years, and his works are abstract mixed media.

The exhibition opens Saturday October 14 from 1:30pm – 4pm.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jeremy on 9302 3688.

Notice of AGM

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of Holdsworth Community Ltd ABN 50 949 197281 will be held at 4.00 pm on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 at Gaden 334 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra NSW 2025


1. Apologies

2. Minutesof 2016 AGM

3. Chairman’s report

4. Presentation of 2016/2017 audited financial report

5. CEO’s report

6. Election/Appointment of Directors

7. Appointment of Auditor for 2018

8. General Business

Ruth Kestermann, Company Secretary

Tuesday Well Being Class Has Now Started!

We are now running our incredibly popular Well Being program on Tuesdays at the Kensington Park Community Centre! This exciting social program consists of one of hour cognitive stimulation followed by one hour of light exercise, then lunch and a chat at the center.

Transport is available for those in the Randwick area.

For more information, call Catriona Beaumont on 9302 3688

Spring Around The World 2017

Join us at Gaden for a fun week of festivities as we celebrate the arrival of Spring!

From Monday 18 to Friday September 22, there’s a wonderful Spring BBQ lunch on each day, as well as entertainment, prizes for best dressed, lucky door and a spinning prize wheel!

Bookings are essential, please call us on 9302 3688.

Monday Sept. 18

Tuesday Sept. 19 FULLY BOOKED!

Wednesday Sept. 20 FULLY BOOKED!

Thursday Sept. 21 FULLY BOOKED!

Friday Sept. 22 FULLY BOOKED!

Kids Giving Back TRIVIA & Morning Tea

Friday September 29 sees Kids Giving Back return to Gaden, and this time it coincides with our last-Friday-of-the-month trivia!

We’ll have tea & scones, the kids and adults will team up and play trivia from 11:00 to midday.

If you’d like to come, please contact us on 9302 3688 today!

Management changes

After more than 10 years leading the team at Holdsworth Community, CEO Michael Ryan is retiring and will finish up on 20 October, 2017.

During his time as CEO, Michael has been able to grow the support that Holdsworth has been able to provide to the community. However, most of us will miss Michael for the care and friendliness that he has shown to so many in the community whilst Holdsworth has been under his charge.

Ruth Kestermann, our Executive Officer will be stepping up into the CEO position following Michael’s departure. Ruth joined Holdsworth in 2014 after 14 years working as a project manager, engineer and consultant in the private, government and not-for-profit sector. Ruth has been working alongside Michael for the last three years and is looking forward to building upon Michael’s legacy at Holdsworth.

To celebrate Michael’s retirement and introduce Ruth to those who haven’t met her, we will be hosting a special afternoon tea at Gaden on Wednesday, 18 October from 2pm-4pm. Please come along to say your goodbyes to Michael. Call Judy to RSVP on 9302 3600.

This year we have also said goodbye to Jonathan Rhodes our Assistant Manager of Aged Care who has also retired. You may still see Jonathan lunching at Gaden and he also will be continuing to drive our Dementia Friendly Community project as a volunteer.

Wendy Francis will be joining the Holdsworth team in September as an Aged Care Specialist. Wendy has over 8 years community services management experience, most recently with Avivo in Perth where she worked supporting older people, people with disabilities and people with mental health issues to live in their homes and communities.

And finally, after 13 years’ at Holdsworth, Ian Jankovic has decided to retire as manager of our Community Transport team and will be finishing on Thursday 31 August, which is the same date he started in 2004! We can’t thank Ian enough for all he has done for so many people during his time leading our Community Transport service and wish him a long and happy retirement.

Wheelchair Accesssible Car NOW AVAILABLE!

Thanks to our donors we have just modified one of our smaller community transport vehicles to make it wheelchair accessible.

Transport is key to enabling access to many of the activities and services that Holdsworth Community provide, which is why Holdsworth has invested $21,000 to modify one of our smaller community transport vehicles to make it wheelchair accessible to allow people to be transported safely and with dignity.

We would like to pass on many thanks to our donors who donated just under $15K to our June Appeal which was used for the vehicle conversion. We were able to find the remaining amount within our budget to move forward with the modifications.

Having a wheelchair accessible car in our fleet ensures that we are able to support people living with mobility issues to access social support programs or to get to important medical appointments.

We are now looking at replacing one of the buses on our fleet to ensure we are able to transport people on our programs safely and comfortably. We are looking at a new Rosa Bus based on feedback from our clients that this is the most suitable transport to meet their needs.

If you would like to support the Holdsworth Community transport renewal project, you can make a donation online by clicking here or calling the centre on 9302 3600. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and will be provided with a tax receipt.

Ending Loneliness

Connecting with other people is central to living a Happy and Independent life, but IT’s not just our happiness at stake. Research shows that It is probably the single greatest risk factor for people’s health and well-being.

Loneliness is a word we often don’t like to use or hear but it’s important to think about because there are people out in our community who might be feeling lonely right now because of circumstances such as loss of a loved one, restricted mobility, ill health or a disability which makes it difficult for them to get out and make contact with other people in the community.

Everyone feels lonely at times in their lives, but it is chronic loneliness that poses a serious health risk. Research suggests that people need to attend to loneliness in “the same way they would their diet, exercise, or how much sleep they get.”

John Cacioppo, a neuroscientist from the University of Chicago, describes the effects of social isolation as being as real as thirst, hunger, or pain. “For a social species, to be on the edge of the social perimeter is to be in a dangerous position,” He suggests, “The brain goes into a self-preservation state that brings with it a lot of unwanted system responses and release of hormones.”

This combination of toxic effects can impair cognitive performance, compromise the immune system, and increase the risk for vascular, inflammatory, and heart disease.
Studies show that loneliness increases the risk for early death by 45 percent and the chance of developing dementia in later life by 64 percent. For those already living with memory loss, loneliness is also associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults.

On the other hand, a 2010 analytical review of 148 separate studies of nearly 310,000 people found that those who have strong ties to family and friends are as much as 50 percent less at risk of dying over any given period of time than those with fewer social connections.

Loneliness is clearly a major public health concern. And there is also considerable stigma about admitting to being lonely so it is often hard to reach out to people. ‘I must have done something to deserve becoming lonely.’ ‘Why would anyone want to talk to me?’

Social connection is one of the central pillars behind Holdsworth services and many of our programs are designed to provide the supports that people need to live a happy live with plenty of friends. But of course we can’t do this all by ourselves, so this year we will be calling on the community not only to support our work to end loneliness but to take action themselves by reaching out to other people in their community.

If you have a great idea about how we can overcome loneliness in the community we would love to hear it! Please call on 9302 3600 or email

Talk to us about Home Care Packages

There has been a lot of chatter in the news recently about changes to government funding for Aged Care and if you are confused don’t worry, you are not the only one!

The majority of services available for older people are funded by the Federal Government which now requires you to register with My Aged Care in order to access them.
You can register with My Aged Care at or by calling 1800 200 422.
Once you are registered, a representative from My Aged Care will talk to you about your needs.

If you only need one or two services they may refer you directly to service providers. If you would like to be referred directly to Holdsworth you can ask them to do so.

If your needs are more complex they may suggest an ACAT assessment to determine whether or not a Home Care Package would be more suitable.

A Home Care Package is an individual allocation of funding for people with higher support needs that can be customised to provide the support that a person needs to stay at home independently.

Once you have been assigned a Home Care Package, you will then need to choose a provider to help you put together a plan and help manage your funds.

My Aged Care will be able to provide you a list of package managers or you can ask to be referred to a package manager of your preference such as Holdsworth.

Each package manager is able to set their own management fees and they must publish these fees. It pays to make sure you are across all fees and inclusions as these amounts are subtracted from your package and will affect the services you can afford.

Hopefully this has cleared everything up a little, but if you’re still confused – Don’t worry! We are more than happy for you to call us on 9302 3600 and we can talk about your requirements.


  • It is best to register with My Aged Care even if you are not sure about your needs as some services have waiting lists.
  • Don’t play down your needs in an assessment. If you tell people you are coping well when you are not, they will assume you don’t need services.
  • If you are confused about what you need to do next, please give us a call on 9302 3600 and talk to one of the team who will work with you to ensure you get what you need.

Holdworth Ball 2017: Masquerade

Holdsworth Community is very excited to announce our annual Holdsworth Community Ball for 2017! 

Please join us on the 2nd of September 2017 from 6-10pm for a night of fabulous food, dazzling dancing and mysterious masks!

This year’s theme is Masquerade! Please click the link below to order your tickets for this incredible event!


G2 Is Now Open!

Mayor of Waverley, Sally Betts officially opens G2 social enterprise café in Bondi Junction.

Mayor of Waverley Council, Sally Betts officiated at the opening of G2 café at on Friday morning, 19th May, joined by staff from Holdsworth and Windgap and local community members.

G2 is a social enterprise initiative between Waverley Council, Holdsworth Community and Windgap Foundation. The café is located on the ground level of the Mill Hill Community Centre to provide patrons of the centre and the local community with great coffee and a delicious spread of cakes, hot and cold lunches.

Mayor of Waverley, Sally Betts said Waverley Council is delighted to support G2 café.

“I’m really pleased Waverley Council is involved in such an important training program for young people with intellectual disabilities through the G2 café. Providing valuable work experience is of great benefit to young people.

“I’m so impressed with Windgap’s School Leaver Employment Support program and the important work of Holdsworth Community,” said Mayor Betts.

G2 café has been established to complement employment training provided by Windgap and to give people living with disabilities the opportunity to gain marketable work skills. Holdsworth is building on the success of its Gaden café in Woollahra to continue to provide quality food and great coffee served by staff who also have extensive skills working in both the disability and home care sectors.

The trainees all participate in Windgap’s School Leaver Employment Support program, which is a 2 year program offering participants training across life skills in a wide range of industries, including hospitality.

Michael Ryan, CEO of Holdsworth Community, is excited about the collaboration, and in particular, demonstrating the great potential for open market employment for people living with disabilities.

“Having chosen to focus on hospitality the trainees will have learnt skills such as customer service, making coffee, money handling and food service. Their experience in the café will provide an opportunity for them to practise everything they have learnt in a supported environment. “

“The café staff will be able to give the trainees more responsibility over time, with the ultimate intention of readying them to take those skills and apply for jobs in the open market,”

“Employment options have historically been very limited. G2 will provide a great environment for trainees to build skills and confidence and for the public to be able to demonstrate their support for inclusive employment practices by continuing to patronise the café. We are very excited to be working with both Waverley Council and Windgap to ensure this café is a success and provides a pathway for people with disability to enter the workforce”

Being a social enterprise, any profits made through the café will be invested back into programs supporting people living with a disability to gain living skils and independence.

G2 café is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 2pm.

radio GADEN – Friday, September 22

Here are the dates for our upcoming radio GADEN events. We take your song requests over lunch, so you can sit back and enjoy the music or get up and boogie on the dancefloor!


Bookings are essential, so please call Gaden on 9302 3688 to secure your table.

The fun kicks off at 12:15 on each of these dates:

  • Friday, September 22 BOOKED OUT!
  • Friday, October 20 BOOKED OUT!
  • Friday, November 17

Join us for a great night of comedy!

Friday, 2 June 2017 – Comedy for a Cause at Ascham

The Holdsworth Youth Ambassadors are putting on an amazing night of comedy in the Packer Theatre, Ascham on Friday, 2 June 2017.

Featuring comedians from both the Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s this night is sure to be a great laugh and and proceeds from the event will go back to Holdsworth to support our Duke of Edinburgh program for young people living with a disability.

The comedy will be suitable for anyone over the age of 15. Tickets are $20 for students/concession or $30 for adults. A $2.50 booking fee per ticket applies. Tickets are available at:

Thanks for supporting the Holdsworth Gala

A massive thank you to everyone who supported our 2017 Fundraising Gala that was held on Saturday, 25 March 2017 at the Intercontinental in Double Bay.

The night was an amazing success raising $47,000 which will be used to fund programs for people living with a disability and people living with dementia.

We pass our sincere thanks to Hotel Centennial who sponsored the event by providing all the beverages.

We would also like to thank the following donors for providing auction items/raffle and wine for the fundraising on the night: Wild Bush Luxury, Richard Cadwell, Jane Andersen, Cupitt’s Winery, Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, NSW Golf Club, Catalina, Otto Restaurante, Bambini Trust, Silos Estate, Jacadi Paris, Jill & Jack, Sports Fundamentals, The Classic Safari Company, JNP Photography, Reads Woollahra, de Lorenzo Haircare, Trimex Pty Ltd (Clarins), Karpati Medispa, Alex Mano, No Chintz, Sydney FC, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Penguin Random House, Australian Ballet, Anne Schofield, Cebelle Jewellry, Awaken your Health, Elph Store, Bills, Rose Bay Aquatic Hire, Sydney Cricket & Sports Trust, Quincy, Friends of the Australian Ballet, Poepke, Audrey Wilkinson, Eighteen Ten, Naomi Hamilton Photography, Greene Antiques, Ian Enright, Matina Bourelais, Gary Scholes, Jo Malone, My Island Home, Queens Court Business Centre, Australian Meat Emporium, Flat White, Randwick Ritz, Lesley McKay, Westfield Bondi Junction, Richard Banks Optometrist, Victor Churchills, Ivanhoe Wines, Jennifer Brown, BT Ryan Smash Repairs, Tertini Wines, Huon Hook, The Paddington Hotel, The Lord Dudley, Georgie & Tony McClure, The Imperial Hotel, Lou & Tim Ryan, Two Rivers Winery, The Swadlings, The Daily Drop, Erica Skelly, Rhonda & Tony Wainwright, Rohan Newcomb and James Rosenberg.

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Holdsworth Seniors Week 2017

Here’s a look at what’s happening at Gaden during Seniors Week. Call us now to secure your spot as some events are already booked out!

MONDAY April 3
11:45 – LIVE and interactive music with world renowned musician Mark Lord. Cost: $16 per head including lunch, bookings essential.

11:15 – Question and Answer session: Tech, The NBN & Your Options 

Interactive discussion with industry leaders from Telstra, asking all your questions about the NBN and more. Cost: Free, bookings essential.

12:30 – Mark Lord returns to Gaden to wow the audience with his crowd pleasing musical style! Cost $16 per head including lunch. Bookings essential. SORRY, BOOKED OUT!

13:00 – LIVE piano performance featuring Stuart Tilse. Cost: $16 per head including lunch. Bookings essential. SORRY, BOOKED OUT!

From 10:30 – Putt putt golf competition. Show us your skills in our 3 course mini golf challenge! Cost: Free SORRY, BOOKED OUT!

From 10:30 – Exercise en masse! Get involved and get silly with our exercise guru Catriona Beaumont! Cost: Free SORRY, BOOKED OUT!

From 11:30 – Trivia and fun facts presented by Cathy. Cost: Free

12:15 – radio GADEN

Our  interactive radio request show where you pick the music. Request a song and share your memories! Cost: $16 per head including lunch. Bookings essential.

13:15 – Pop up Art Project!

Get involved in our super-secret pop up art project with accomplished art teacher Alice Wilson. What will it be? You’ll have to be here to find out! Cost: Free

FRIDAY April 7:  Come along to our GYPSIES AND CARAVANS themed music day!
From 11:30 – radio GADEN

Our  interactive radio request show where you pick the music. Request a song and share your memories! Cost: $16 per head including lunch. Bookings essential.

13:00 – LIVE performance by Emilio Garcia

Emilio Garcia is famous for his crowd pleasing style of music and entertainment. His blend of classic and contemporary favourites are sure to get you up and dancing! Cost: $16 including lunch.

ALL WEEK: Carnival shooting gallery on the big screen, prize spinning wheel, prizes to give away, make new friends over lunch! Remember Gaden is a BYO venue!


It’s that time again when our minds start to drift towards holidays, catching up with family and friends, and of course, sharing gifts with those whom we love.

It’s also a time of year when it’s important to think about those people out in the community who might be feeling lonely because of external circumstances such as loss of a loved one, restricted mobility, ill health or a disability which makes it difficult for them to get out and make contact with other people in the community.

Loneliness is not just a simple emotion but it can be harmful to your health, increasing the risk of many physical and mental health issues. With this in mind, Holdsworth Community is looking to focus our activities in 2017 on ending loneliness in our community.

As you would know, we are all about connection and helping you find the supports to ensure that you have a happy life with plenty of friends. This theme starts with our support for families with young children by helping them connect and build friendships through playgroup. It continues throughout all our programs for people living with disability and of course is key to our supports for people as they age.

However, we know that together we can do more. That is why we are hoping that you put a little aside to support Holdsworth Community and our efforts to end loneliness this festive season.

Part of our focus on connections and the people in our community will include sharing stories of the People of Holdsworth. These stories show the strength of the friendships that make Holdsworth Community so much more than just services and programs. Click here to read the stories we have collected thus far.

We are so grateful for all your support in the past and we hope you will support us again this year with a donation which we will dedicate to our work to end loneliness in our community.



Designed to help carers get the best outcomes from the NDIS for the person they care for and themselves.

This 2 part workshop specifically focuses on building knowledge and skills to make informed choices when accessing the NDIS for both the participant and the carer.


  • Part 1 – An Introduction to the NDIS – Tuesday 22 November 2016
  • Part 2 – Your role in the NDIS – Thursday 1 December 2016

Time: 10:30am-1:30pm

Venue: Lionel Bowen Library, 669/673 Anzac Parade, Marouba

For more information phone 02 9280 4744 or email

Click here to register

People of Holdsworth

We live in a great community of people who all have amazing lives and great stories to share. These are the People of Holdsworth.

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Save the date – Holdsworth Community Gala

Please join us on 25 March 2017 at the Intercontinental Double Bay for a fabulous night of fine dining, wines and entertainment! Plus our amazing silent auction, wine wall and raffles.

Tickets are $225 and you can reserve your ticket or table now and Jodie will coordinate payment with you closer to the event.

We hope to see you there!Gala invite 2

Holdsworth Playground officially opened!

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, Mayor of Woollahra, Toni Zeltzer and Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich re-dedicate Holdsworth St Playground as a healthy and inclusive space for future generations.

The 76 year old Holdsworth Community Playground has been extensively renewed with support from Woollahra Council, the Australian and NSW Governments as well as local businesses and families.

The new playground will delight young children and families from across the Eastern Suburbs with brand new equipment including a pirate ship, nest swing and synthetic grass surface. The design also incorporated special sensory equipment to ensure the space is welcoming children living with disabilities and sensory issues.

The playground was re-dedicated to the community at 11am, Friday, 19th August 2016 with representatives Prime Minister and Member for Wentworth, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich and Mayor of Woollahra, Toni Zeltzer in attendance. To celebrate the dedication, Holdsworth Family Services hosted a special pirate party for local families.

Michael Ryan, Holdsworth CEO welcomed local families and officials to the Playground this morning.

“We are thrilled with the results of the new playground and we are excited to welcome families from around the area into enjoy the space. We are especially pleased to be able to offer a space that is welcoming to children living with a disability from across the Eastern Suburbs.”

The Mayor of Woollahra, Toni Zeltzer spoke on behalf of Woollahra Council who provided the majority of funding for the redevelopment.

“Woollahra Council is delighted to have provided funding for this playground upgrade. Providing for local families and young children in our community is one of the most important things that we do as a Council. Providing a playground such as this one is an opportunity to reinforce the creative foundation of play to lifelong learning. Here in this playground, in and around the pirate ship, stories will be imagined, characters created, friendships forged and memories made. Here in this playground, we can encourage our young children to be children. To reinforce the importance of play as a skill for life.”

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and local Member for Wentworth contributed funding to the project through the Stronger Communities programme.

“Holdsworth is family, I’ve been here with my children and my grandchildren and I’m delighted to be here today, with Daisy and James and my grandson Pirate Jack.

Congratulations to you all for ensuring that this superb redesign and redevelopment of this playground has been undertaken. This will be a place of joy for many many generations to come and I am so happy to be here as the member for Wentworth and also as Prime Minister”

A special thank you to Alex Greenwich, Member for Sydney for providing funding to the redevelopment and to local community member, Georgia Cleary for her generous donation of the Nest Swing to the Playground.

Holdsworth Community Playgroup has resumed in the playground, running each morning Monday to Friday during school term from 9:30am to 12noon.

Carer Wellbeing Morning Tea – For the carers of children & young people

Carer Wellbeing Morning Tea



JewishCare, Holdsworth Community and Carers NSW have partnered to offer a therapeutic group as part of the National Carer Counselling program.

The group is open to the carers of children and young people up to the age of 18 living
with a disability in NSW.

The 4 session group is facilitated by two qualified counsellors, helping you to:
• Gain further self-care and coping strategies
• Learn and implement boundaries and communication skills
• Learn and share with others in a similar caring role in a safe environment

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm (morning tea provided)
When: Fortnightly – Tues 9 August, 23 August, 6 September & 20 September
Where: JewishCare, 3 Saber Street Woollahra NSW 2025
Who: For the carers of children and young people up to the age of 18 living with a
disability in nsw
Register: ASAP (book early as places are limited)

Sofie Zogalis TEL: 9302 3600 M: 0421 833 278

Dance into Spring Tea Dance

Join us for a Spring Tea Dance at the Hightide Room, Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Light luncheon, dessert and coffee, BYO. Entertainment including a nostalgic and memorable selection of class Tea Dances with a band and dance caller.

Click here to download our flyer or contact our Community Care Team on 9302 3600 for more information.

Holdsworth Community now registered as an NDIS Provider

Holdsworth Community has gone through the process and is now registered as an NDIS Provider to provide services to people living with a disability as the NDIS rolls out across Sydney.

For most people in our region this will not come into effect until July 2017 but we are more than happy to speak to you about how we might help you as the NDIS comes into effect.

If you would like to speak to one of our Community Care Team about the NDIS please call 9302 3600.

Putting on the Ritz – Winter Tea Dance

Join us for a Winter Tea Dance at The Main Hall, Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Road, Glebe.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

11:30am to 2:00pm

Light luncheon, dessert and coffee, BYO. Entertainment including a nostalgic and memorable selection of class Tea Dances with a band and dance caller.

Click here to download our flyer or contact our Community Care Team on 9302 3600 for more information.