Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dandenongs Sherpa Training

Three TrailRiders and many green, Sherpa Volunteer Program
T shirts. Click pic to read the full article in the Mount Evelyn Mail
Last Saturday, fourteen new Sherpa Volunteers stepped up to the plate at the Olinda Park training session. Up until now, the only three TrailRider pictures I have posted have been from Vancouver, where they are made.

In the words ofJohn Kenwright, Access and Inclusion Coordinator at Parks Victoria 

Grants Picnic Ground in the Dandenong Ranges was the perfect location for its iconic and versatile birdlife as well as the many trails which branch off from there.


Sherbrooke forest is such a beautiful area with the lyrebirds, tall mountain ash trees and so for people with disabilities to be able to share that and see that is very important

Hearing from the passenger for the day (AKA pilot) is even more enticing. Karen Fankhauser, a wheelchair user was the first to be given the opportunity to sit in the new chair and she found it comfortable but gave her the freedom to experience nature.

Freedom ... It means I can actually experience bushwalking and that's something you can't do in a normal chair


For someone with limited mobility or no mobility it's an amazing experience ... instead of just watching from a viewing platform you get to be within the park itself.

Consider Liking the Mail News Group on Facebook. One of their papers, the Mount Evelyn Mail, covered the event, 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Welcome to Sherpa Volunteer Training - video

Josh, my senior nurse son, helped me make this video which is "any place, any time" welcome to the Sherpa Volunteer Program that can be used at the start of any session that Ros, me, Joanne and Rodney cannot make it to.

Most recently that was the session at Olinda Park, in the Dandenongs.

Trainees who are on Facebook might want to join the Private Group that Maggie set up after the first-ever session. Sherpa scuttlebutt should remain amongst sherpas.
It is called Australian Bush Sherpas but you don't need to be Australian to join



Friday, February 2, 2018

Have work, will travel

Yes! I am rejoining the labour force. 

Four places where I can, once again, spend my money

As a Support Officer in the, three Shire wide, Accessible Towns project. Funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) this project sets out to make towns, other than Newstead, places where the disabled, the aged, mothers with twins can move about and do their business.


I will be paid to do what worked so well in Newstead - befriend the shopkeepers and lead them to embracing accessibility in an affordable, friendly way.

Early next Monday I will attend a Training Session in Bendigo. For the rest I can barely wait.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sherpa Volunteer Training in the Dandenongs

Click pic to register
In 2013 I was in the Grampians with two fit, young people and we couldn't go anywhere because there was nowhere to find the other two sherpas. I was sad.

Then John Kenwright (Parks Victoria disability wizard) got his head around the way to organise the, now flourishing, Sherpa Volunteer Program in the Grampians. There have been three training sessions so far (1, 2, 3

Soon - Saturday, 10th February - there will be a session in the Dandenongs, to get a program started there, but this time it will be "front ended" by several, shorter, session that will simply handle the nuts and bolts of becoming a Parks Victoria volunteer of any kind,

That way, when you attend the actual sherpa training, you will already have you volunteer formalities taken care of.

You can register for one of these sessions - on Saturday 3rd February for an hour - here

The session will be at Olinda Parks Victoria Office.