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CBS Connect – December 2015

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President’s Report

Christmas is almost upon us, and 2015 has almost come to an end.

As I reflect on this past year, I realise that 2015 was a year of learning for CBS.  The biggest learning curve for us was when we realised that, although we thought we were doing a great job at communicating with you, there were vast improvements needed.  We also learned that we have forged a great relationship with you, enabling honest and frank feedback on a number of issues, as well as enabling you to share many good news stories that filled us with hope for a positive future.

In 2016 we will be hosting a number of events across southern Tasmania, to which you will be invited because, quite frankly, we want to know you better.

Following the recent resignation of Peter Nute, Loreta Eskirtas has been appointed Acting CEO.  I hope to be able to introduce you to a new full-time CEO in the near future.

Over the Christmas break, the office will be closed from 1pm Thursday 24 December, reopening 8.30am Tuesday 29 December.  It will also be closed from 1pm Thursday 31 December, reopening 8.30am Monday 4 January 2016.  Regular services will continue as normal.

In closing, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

Ross Doddridge

New service – Day Surgery Patient Support

CBS has introduced a new service to assist people accessing Day Surgery.

CBS’s friendly, reliable and qualified staff are able to transport people to and from the day surgery and stay with them until they are able to manage on their own.

For a free quote, please call CBS on 6208 6600.

Introducing the Corporate Support Section of CBS

The friendly team in Corporate Support is the face of the CBS office at Sunderland Street.

Members of the team are the people you first see when you visit the office and they handle all incoming calls and connect you to the right person to answer your query.

They process all CBS staff wages, pay our bills and manage your invoices.

They also manage the human resources of the CBS team as well as our IT and service systems.

The Corporate Support team is a “close knit bunch” and is dedicated to making sure you get the very best of service each and every time you contact us.

Christmas period update

If your normal plans or requirements will change during the Christmas period, please contact us on telephone 6208 6600 to advise us of these changes.

It is just as important that carers call on the same number to discuss any additional support they may need over the Christmas period.

Celebrations and events held by CBS

CBS Social Groups (Day Centres) are fun and interactive.

To demonstrate this, we have published a photo (above left) from our Spring Ball, held in September, which combined social groups from Huon Valley, Kingborough, New Town and Sandy Bay.

There was live music and prizes for the lucky door, best dancer and best dressed.

In October we celebrated Mental Health Week at Peppermint Bay (photo across top of page).  We travelled there on the high speed Peppermint Bay catamaran through the D’entrecasteaux Channel in the sunshine, and were inspired by the words from Hobart’s Chief Psychiatrist, Dr Len Lambeth.

The day was a great success, bringing together around 80 carers and care recipients for a day of celebration.

CBS also hosted a Garden Tea Party (pictured above right)for some of the ladies who attend the Risdon Road Social Group.  It was a ‘pretty’ affair with fresh flowers and lovely table settings.

Expos

At CBS, we have been getting out and about, actively participating in local and regional events over the last few months, spreading the word about the support options available to people in our communities.

Some of the expos we attended included the 2015 Retirement Expo at Wrest Point in early November, The Death by Chocolate Expo at Huonville and the Get with the Program Disability Expo at the Huonville Town Hall (pictured left).

We were also a proud sponsor of the Hobart Gearing Up for Choice Expo at Princess Wharf in September.

Easy shortbread biscuit recipe

With Christmas fast approaching, why not try making these easy shortbread biscuits for when friends and family drop by.  Wrap them in cellophane and some curling ribbon and they make a great gift idea too.  These can be made up to two weeks in advance.  Store in an airtight container.

Ingredients
Serves: 16
500g butter
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
4 ¼ cups plain flour, sifted
½ cup (75g) rice flour, sifted
2 tablespoons white sugar; for dusting

Directions
Preparation: 2hours
Cook: 30min
Ready in: 2hours 30min

Preheat the oven to slow (150 degrees C).
Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
Stir in the sifted flours; press the mixture together with hands to form a firm dough. Knead gently on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper until 1cm thick. Using a 6cm cutter, cut rounds from dough. Place onto greased oven trays and sprinkle with the white sugar.
Bake in a slow oven for about 30 minutes or until a pale straw colour. Stand the shortbread on the tray for five minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Here we are

You will be pleased to know that after you told us that our office in Moonah was difficult to find, in early October we arranged to have four new street signs erected that will assist you to find us.

They are located at the junctions of Derwent Park Road and Sunderland Street, Fleet Street and Sunderland Street, Fleet Street and Main Road Moonah and Hopkins Street and Sunderland Street.