In this issue:

  • CEO Update
  • Message from MWP Care Board
  • Meet the new CEO: Matt Adderton
  • Care Pack Competition Winners
  • Volunteer Profile: Sheila Vujadinovich
  • Creating Connections
  • Building Independence

CEO Update

I wish to advise you that I have resigned from my role as CEO of MWP Care.

The decision to leave has been a difficult one, however my family and I have decided the time is right for a move to Queensland for family and lifestyle reasons. I will be commencing a new role in Southern Queensland, not in aged care but still in the not-for-profit sector.

To help with the transition period, Matt Adderton, one of our Board Directors and an MWP Care volunteer who some of you know, has generously offered to step into a care-taker role as Acting CEO until a new leader can be appointed. Matt is dedicated to MWP Care’s mission and will be a terrific asset in this capacity. Matt will focus on supporting our staff and ensuring MWP Care’s transformation journey continues on in order to prepare the organisation to meet the future demands of the aged care sector. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Alex Kane and Bronwyn Brent for their support and doing a wonderful job in managing the volunteer program.

Thanks to each and every one of you for your hard work and support through a challenging period in my time with MWP Care. Your dedication to the welfare of our clients, particularly through an extremely difficult and stressful time in the midst of a pandemic is inspiring. With your continued support, I have no doubt MWP Care’s strong presence in the Northern Beaches will continue on and MWP Care will be well placed to thrive and grow into the future.

My last day at MWP Care will be Friday 17th December 2021.

Best wishes,

Grant Simpson

Message from MWP Care Board

On behalf of the board I would like to thank Grant Simpson for the outstanding contribution he made to MWP Care in his time with us. Grant joined us at a challenging time and was quickly able to implement vital improvements that helped set up the organisation to be in good stead to confront the challenges ahead of us.

One of Grant’s first priorities was to provide the staff with the leadership needed for them to perform at their best. A new set of policies aimed at providing clarity and support were introduced and this helped set the tone for improvements in workplace culture. Surveys of staff satisfaction showed tremendous improvement from the time Grant commenced to when the 2nd survey was conducted in April this year.

Grant’s focus on moving the organisation forward are also to be applauded. In the Neighbour Aid team he drove innovations that embrace modern technology in order to streamline operations and maximise efficiency. He also encouraged new and different service offerings for clients, including virtual services. In the Building Services team he implemented a restructure that allows for greater growth opportunities. In both departments, these are vital changes as we prepare for the reforms in the aged care sector that are coming in 2023.

With a strong background in marketing, Grant’s knowledge and experience were critical in introducing our new tagline. “Building Independence. Creating Connections” is something we are proud of as it distills the essence of what we do. Finally, an acknowledgement that this is just a tiny portion of the great work accomplished amidst the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic. Grant remained aware of the latest developments and health advice at all times and ensured MWP Care followed best practice. At the same time Grant inspired the team to remain positive and to always look for alternative ways to deliver services. It is a testament to his leadership that services continued through one of the most challenging periods our organisation has experienced.

We wish Grant and his family all the best.

Debra Fraser, Chair

Meet the new CEO: Matt Adderton

Matt has been a small business owner, in the marketing industry, for 15 years. Prior to that he run a number of businesses on behalf of other owners.

Matt’s association with MWP Care started 6 years ago when he joined as a volunteer. He has provided countless services to our clients and has valued being able to give to the community. Matt joined the board, as a director, in November 2020 and has also featured in one of MWP Care’s marketing videos.

Matt is married with two boys and he lives with his family in Cromer. As a proud and engaged local, Matt has also been active on some Northern Beaches Council committees and has lent his knowledge, skills and passion to help realise council’s strategic goals.

His passion for the local area prompted him to run in the recent local council elections as part of Mayor, Michael Regan’s Your Northern Beaches Independent Team.

Care Pack Competition Winners

We’d like to congratulate our Care Pack Competition winners! Ted Blackwood aced every answer in our Sports Trivia quiz, and the lamb jumpers that our 96 years young client Phyllis Varley knitted were amazing, as were the impressive and elaborate blanket squares that client Merryn created. A huge thank you to all who participated!

Volunteer Profile: Sheila Vujadinovich

Sheila is known to many of our clients and volunteers as she regularly helps out in the phone room and on reception. She is often accompanied by her pooch friend Tokkie, a pug/Jack Russell cross.

When did you start volunteering with MWP Care?
June 2017 Why did you choose to volunteer with us? A girlfriend of mine was volunteering here, in the phone room, and they needed more volunteers so thought I would help out.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with MWP Care?
The people. It’s a great group. I also like being able to contribute to the community. I’m very blessed to have good health and it’s great to be able to assist others who aren’t so fortunate.

What do you like to do when you’re not volunteering with MWP Care?
I socialise a lot. I think you should do it while you can. I go to the theatre, cinemas and I enjoy lunching with friends. I’m also an avid reader and I like to play cards. When I’ve got Tokkie I like to take him out for walks. And I especially love to go on holidays. We’ve booked to go to Africa next year, in September. Also, next December I’ll be going on the QEII. I’m very much looking forward to it.

Creating Connections

MWP Care’s long-time client, Lynette O’Neill, recently celebrated her 82nd Birthday and she was touched by the actions of long-serving volunteer Pat Shepheard. Of her own volition Pat made a cake and dropped in to celebrate with Lynette which she said was ‘just delightful’. Volunteer Hector also popped in on the day to deliver an MWP Care Pack so he also made Lynette’s day and shared in the birthday cake also. Little actions can make such a big impact for our clients.

Building Independence

MWP Care’s Building Services team recently completed a job for the Beaumont family in Hornsby. The bathroom required a lot of work to allow Philip and Kathryn to remain independent in their home. Philip stated, “my wife Kathryn and I would like to express our thanks for the exceptional bathroom renovation that MWP Care recently completed. We found all aspects of the works to be done in a very professional manner ranging from both materials and workmanship. The team that carried out the works made the conversion a seamless and efficient event. We would like to thank each member of the team for their courtesy, timeliness and all round keeping us informed.”