New home for New Wave group

Disability self-advocacy program New Wave has a new home at the Tipping Foundation in Morwell. photograph hayley brown

Disability self-advocacy program New Wave has a new home at the Tipping Foundation in Morwell. photograph hayley brown

Disability self-advocacy group New Wave Gippsland has found a new home at the Tipping Foundation building in Morwell following a long-term search for facilities.

The Tipping Foundation and New Wave Gippsland hosted an official opening celebration on Thursday with Tipping Foundation program and New Wave program participants, friends and family members.

New Wave Gippsland is a disability selfadvocacy group run for and by people with intellectual disability or acquired brain injuries. Members of New Wave work together to ensure they have the same rights, choices and opportunities as anyone else in the community.

The Tipping Foundation in Morwell provides a day program, services and courses for about 100 adults with intellectual disabilities in the Latrobe Valley.

New Wave support worker Charity Sims-Jenkins said the program had been homeless for more than a year and had "lost some momentum" in the search for a new location.

"It is a good fit," she said.

"Especially because the group is run by people with cognitive disabilities ... being situated in a place where there are people with disabilities attending.

"It is great spot for people to find out [about New Wave], who might be interested in joining or might need advice or self-advocacy [information].

"We could run little sessions at the Tipping Foundation."

Ms Sims-Jenkins said a New Wave staff member had "run into" Tipping Foundation Morwell branch service coordinator Cheryl Borg at a function where the two talked about New Wave's situation.

"Cheryl said 'we've got a lot of space'," she said.

"I'm sure we'll have a good relationship to work together into the future."

The celebration launch was well-attended and the Cosmic Chickens, a band formed by Tipping Foundation program participants and volutneers, serenaded attendees.

Known for their iconic mosaics, the Tipping Foundation gifted New Wave a specially-made mosaic crafted by Tipping Foundation program participants to welcome them to the location.

Ms Sims-Jenkins said New Wave had received some state government funding to extend the program out to South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires.

"We are trying to reach people who don't know about advocacy," she said.

"[We want to] set up self-advocacy groups in south Gippsland as well."

For more information about New Wave Gippsland visit newwavegippsland.com and for more information about the Tipping Foundation visit tipping.org.au. 

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