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NorthStar assists and supports people who have a disability, permanent injury or ongoing medical condition find and maintain employment. NorthStar is a community based not-for-profit employment service helping people in the Northern region into employment since 1991.

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Success Stories

 Nathan Duncombe Nathan is a valued Team Member at Coles Bundoora Uni Hill. Nathan completed the PEAC Program and successfully obtained employment at Coles undertaking a range of duties in the store including face-up, stock replenishment and setting up the front end displays. Nathan has also gained additional weekly shifts as he increases his skills and confidence in the workplace. Nathan has developed an excellent rapport with all his co-workers and enjoys his job immensely. Well done Nathan!  
ClaudioS Embracia in Reservoir employed Claudio who is one of our long-time NorthStar clients as a General Services Assistant in 2008. Claudio thoroughly enjoys his job and he continues to be a valued staff member.  His job role includes clearing, resetting tables and serving in the dining room for morning tea and lunch, as well as laundry delivery. Embracia in Reservoir has a large Italian community and Claudio gets to practice his Italian language skills!
Linda M Linda is a valued team member at Leo’s Fine Foods & Wines. Linda has been working at Leo’s for more than 5 years so her placement here has been a great success! Linda’s journey has been an interesting one. Linda’s  journey with NorthStar started as a participant in The NorthStar PEAC Program which is a Department of  Health & Human Services funded Transition To Employment (TTE) Program. PEAC stands for Preparation for Employment and Access to Community and helps prepare eligible young people for the world of work. Linda worked hard in the program for 2 years and towards the end of her time at PEAC Linda was offered a stock replenishment position at Leo’s Fine Foods through the PEAC work experience program.
Daniel Daniel’s story with PLAN International began with a work experience placement when he was a participant in NorthStar’s PEAC Program (a Transition To Employment program funded by DHHS). NorthStar successfully converted Daniel’s work experience placement in to a real job as an administration assistant.

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Quiet signs of success A cafe in Melbourne run by deaf and hearing impaired staff is helping to break down communication barriers and ready students for the hearing world. A coffee machine hisses and cutlery clatters against plates, but Tradeblock Cafe is otherwise largely silent. This is not a ”deaf cafe”, but it is certainly a comfortable and welcoming space for anyone who is deaf or hearing impaired. The baristas, wait staff and kitchen hands all fall within those categories. At Tradeblock, coffees and a range of meals are ordered via Auslan and an iPad at the counter has an app that clearly explains how to order using sign language, as well as a range of common greetings and expressions.
NorthStar supporting Uniting Care Harrison   Uniting Care Harrison provides emergency material aid to residents living in the Eastern suburbs, predominantly in the City of Knox. They maintain a supply of personal hygiene products, general groceries, canned goods and other non-perishable food to assist people experiencing financial hardship. NorthStar supports Uniting Care Harrison’s cause and makes food donations regularly. For more information about the organisation and how you can help, follow the link.
Official opening of headspace in Craigieburn headspace recently opened another office in Craigieburn. headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. They assist young people who are going through a tough time. Their primary focus is the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. For more information on what services they offer, please follow the link.

Upcoming Events

15-21 August 2016 – Brain Injury Awareness Week, ”Bang on a Beanie”  The theme for 2016’s national Brain Injury Awareness Week – 15th to 21st August – is young stroke. Brain Injury Australia and National Stroke Foundation – in association with the Stroke Recovery Association of New South Wales and the Stroke Association of Victoria – have teamed up to plan a series of awareness-raising events and activities, including the Week’s national launch to be held in Melbourne on Monday, August 15th.
20-27 August 2016 – Hearing Awareness Week Hearing is precious and fragile Hearing Awareness Week occurs each year in the last full week of August
26 August 2016 – Daffodil Day – Cancer Council Australia Every day, over 350 Australians are diagnosed with cancer. As well as funding vital research, Cancer Council provides support services, education and prevention programs. This Daffodil Day you can support Cancer Council and someone you know affected by cancer by dedicating a daffodil.
1-30 September 2016 Dementia Awareness Month – Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year. The theme for 2016 is ”You are not alone”.
8 September 2016R U OK Day ? Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don’t need to be an expert – just a great mate and a good listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling – start a conversation.
1 October 2016 – World Cerebral Palsy Day Learn about our 6 key areas of focus and help create a global movement for children and adults with cerebral palsy.