Connecting and Engaging with our Community

Lyndoch is giving back to our community through our commitment to social purpose

This is exciting as we establish relationships with grassroots organisations via a broad range of partnerships and sponsorship.

Our Values at Work

The social conscience of our staff has grown as they have embraced our values and increased their participation with the support of management to actively engage with causes that impact our local community.

Built by the community

The spirit and drive of our local community to achieve a common goal is the origin of our organisation. In the 1940’s, the citizens of Warrnambool saw a need to look after the elderly and vulnerable members of the community. At that time there was far less government support, few pensions and long term planning for supported care outside of the hospital system, so a committee was formed and the community rallied behind this local cause with the aim of improving services for the care of the aged. The establishment and work of the “Warrnambool Old Folks’ Home Committee”, led to the establishment of what the South West of Victoria now knows as Lyndoch Living. A similar scenario exists for the May Noonan Centre in Terang, a part of the Lyndoch family since December 2018.

Lyndoch Living today is a diverse organisation that provides a broad range of care and services to retirees, the aged, and those with a chronic illness or a disability.  These services are delivered to communities across South West Victoria, and are designed to encourage independence and wherever possible enable individuals to live the lifestyle of their choosing.

Whilst Lyndoch Living’s origins are directly linked with the provision of aged residential care, over the last decade our services have continued to expand with the needs of the community. Now spanning the spectrum from the provision of in-home assistance through education, direct support, respite, home care packages and rehabilitation to maintain independence, meal delivery services, retirement living, right through to permanent residential care. Onsite services and activities are catered for including hairdressing, barber shop, cafe, special interest groups, podiatry, and allied health services. We are also excited to announce the new addition to the Lyndoch Living services of Warrnambool Medical Clinic by Lyndoch Living and the future HealthCare Centre.

Beanies 4 Brain Cancer

Some Facts about Brain Cancer
  • 1,600 Australians are diagnosed with brain cancer each year and around 80% will die.
  • Survival rates haven’t changed in 30 years.
  • Brain cancer kills more children in this country than ANY other disease.
  • Brain cancer kills more people under the age of 40 than any other cancer.
  • One Australian is diagnosed with brain cancer every 5 hours.
Our Contribution

The Lyndoch family has been touched personally by this disease in recent times, and in 2018 the staff of Lyndoch Living took on a challenge to raise money to find a cure by taking part in the Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, Matt Williams Flipping for Brain Cancer, and the Charlie Teo Foundation fundraising events.

NAIDOC Awards

In 2018 Gunditjmara brought back the local NAIDOC Awards and Lyndoch has taken on sponsorship of the Aboriginal Elder Male and Female awards.

As part of our culturally safe practices for our ageing community.

2018 Award recipients: Aboriginal Elder Male of the Year, Uncle Rob Lowe and Aboriginal Elder Female of the Year, Aunty Libby Clarke.

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative

Standing Tall Warrnambool

A school based mentoring program offering students at risk of disengagement the support they need to stay in school and enjoy happy and healthy outcomes.

Young People need supportive relationships to fulfill their potential. In today’s complex world many young people need more support and do benefit greatly from a relationship with a person outside their family circle.

The Standing Tall Mentoring in-school program recruits and trains members of the community to become mentors to students in schools. It has shown that the relationships developed through mentoring can make a real difference to a student struggling to cope with a wide range of issues.

Mentors meet with their mentee during school hours for approximately 1 hour per week for twelve months and up to two years with the same student. The program does not run during school holidays and is flexible to mentors time commitments.

Standing Tall Warrnambool

Van Someren Equestrian Vaulting

Lyndoch Living has a valued partnership with Van Someren Equestrian Vaulting and the All Abilities Equestrian Inc., program, operated at the Orford Indoor Riding Arena. The program and competition offers an inclusive, unique gymnastics on horseback experience and includes an annual event held in April each year. Lyndoch’s sponsorship includes presentation of ribbons and medals to the competitors.

The next event on the calendar is to be held on 13-14 April 2019 (see the flyer below)

For more information on this great program visit the Van Someren Equestrian Vaulting Facebook page.

Tasty Plate Catering

Lyndoch Living Proudly supports Tasty Plate Catering. Through both on site training experience for staff of Tasty Plate and also engaging the business in major catering events, such as our Staff and Volunteers Christmas Parties on the river and other events.

Tasty Plate Catering is not just any catering service. The business has been founded on the principles of social justice and social inclusion, providing meaningful life opportunities for people with a diverse range of abilities.

Waterfront by Lyndoch Living Grand Annual Steeplechase

Lyndoch Living is the naming rights sponsor of the Grand Annual Steeplechase at the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival. The deal will see the Warrnambool Racing Club’s greatest race re-named the ‘Waterfront by Lyndoch Living Grand Annual Steeplechase’ from 2017-19.

Warrnambool Racing Club Chairman Ashley King said the deal was a win-win for club and sponsor.
“We’re very pleased to have signed a three year partnership agreement with Lyndoch Living for naming rights of the Grand Annual Steeplechase.“ Mr King said.

“The Grand Annual Steeplechase is the showpiece of the TAB Warrnambool May Racing Carnival, it’s a major race on the Australian racing calendar and we’re very pleased to have an established local business like Lyndoch Living show such strong support for our club and the local thoroughbred racing industry”.

Lyndoch Living Chief Executive Officer, Doreen Power was also pleased with the deal. “We’re very pleased to have secured naming rights for the next three years for the Waterfront by Lyndoch Living Grand Annual Steeplechase. It’s important for us to be positively involved in the local community and there’s no better community event than the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival. Naming rights to the Grand Annual Steeplechase will give us the opportunity to promote our Waterfront development and Lyndoch Living to a wide audience”. [Media Release: 10 February 2017]

Hamilton Golf Club

Lyndoch Living is the sponsor of the 1st ladies tee at the Hamilton Golf Club.

The Hamilton golf club which was formed in 1896 is the oldest established club in Victoria to remain on the same site.

To find out more about the Club please visit their website  Hamilton Golf Club

Coast FM Lyndoch Living Community Chest

In 2018 Lyndoch Living teamed up with the Coast FM Breakfast program to establish the Coast FM Lyndoch Living Community Chest fund. Local Not-for-Profit events and programs and community charities have been given small grants from the Community Chest and we recognise the following recipients from 2018:-

Foodshare
Wig Bank
One Punch Campaign
Honey Pot
Koroit Primary School
Special Development School
Ash Burns – World’s Greatest Shave
Toy Library
All Abilities Choir
The Tattoo Guys – Breast Cancer Event
McKillop Family Services
Disabled Surfers
Foodshare
Kings College (Gideon)
Zara Walsh
Maddy White
Laurie Chandler
Warrnambool Pipe Band
Begin Again Foundation

Leadership Great South Coast

Lyndoch Living is proud to be a Principal Partner of the Leadership Great South Coast Program.

Leadership Great South Coast (LGSC) provides an annual community leadership program for aspiring and emerging leaders drawn from all sectors of the Great South Coast region.

The LGSC Program builds relationships and networks between the business, community and government sectors.

LGSC participants are drawn from all three sectors, allowing participants to benefit from a variety of perspectives when considering the nature of leadership and the future of our community and its economic prosperity.

LGSC

Tackling Elder Abuse in the Community

Sisterhood of the Knitting Ninjas

A week of action by a team of local organisations kicked off in Warrnambool’s Liebig Street in the 1st week of December, a project which had commenced nearly 6 months earlier.

The street was adorned in a woolly hug, yarn bomb style, cleverly choreographed, designed and created by the wider community of Lyndoch residents, staff and school students, in conjunction with our other community partners, Warrnambool Primary School, South West TAFE, and MPower to give the voice of our elders a platform to speak out for each other to raise awareness of Elder Abuse and ageism in the community. Partnering with South West TAFE, MPower, raise awareness of challenging ageism, saying NO to elder abuse and celebrating the hard work of our the Knitting Ninjas throughout the community!

Gunditjmara Bulls Rugby League Club

Proudly sponsoring the Gunditjmara Bulls in their inaugural season (2018) in the Limestone Coast Rugby League competition.
You can find out more and follow their journey on their Facebook page Gunditjmara Bulls

Future Leaders of Industry Warrnambool

Lyndoch is a proud sponsor of this exciting local mentoring program. 

In 2018 Kailyn Edney from Warrnambool College was mentored by the Executive and leadership group, giving her genuine insights into career opportunities at Lyndoch and our staff provided information on their specialties. The program’s overarching objective is to provide students with the knowledge, networks and inspiration to consider a future career in our region.

Future Leaders of Industry Warrnambool

Warrnambool SLSC – Nippers Program

Lyndoch is a proud sponsor of the Warrnambool Surf Lifesaving Club Nippers program.

Nippers a fun way for your child to enjoy the beach in a safe environment, it also offers children an educational pathway through the delivery of the SLSA Junior Development Program. This program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will progress them to becoming a fully rounded participant in both lifesaving and life.

Warrnambool SLSC nippers

City Memorial Bowls Club

Waterfront Living by Lyndoch Living has been a sponsor of the City Memorial Bowls Club for a number of years. Our sponsorship is a recognition of the commitment by the Club to reach their goals and objectives to provide their members with the lowest possible cost to continue to enjoy excellent facilities and an active lifestyle. After all our goal is for the community to #GetBusyLiving.

Put simply, sponsorship is a mutually beneficial business relationship between the sponsor, Waterfront Living by Lyndoch Living and the club, City Memorial Bowls Club.

Find out more about the City Memorial Bowls Club by visiting their website.

Warrnambool Toy Library

Starting back in 1979 with four families, the Warrnambool Toy Library has grown into a community hub for the Warrnambool Region. Operating similarly to a video store (remember those!) the Toy Library provides access to a changing selections of safe, educational and fun toys for loan at a small fee. By providing children with a variety of toys appropriate to their stage of development, we can extend their play opportunities and their learning experiences. By borrowing toys we are saving the environment reducing our consumption.

The involvement and enthusiasm of members helps make the toy library a great resource for local families. Join online, visit the toy library a new member or refer a friend or grandparent! Gift certificates available.

Lyndoch Living were proud to be a sponsor of the Messy Play Day at Flagstaff Hill

Warrnambool Toy Library

Mpower PAWS at Lyndoch

Through our innovation working groups we have had several meetings to explore opportunities to develop a partnership/program to support disabled people in our community. We are looking at a long term sustainable employment model across all of Lyndoch services. As an initial pilot we have a small group of young adults from Mpower undertaking dog walking for our resident pets.

Mpower

South West TAFE

Through our partnership with South West TAFE we have established the Pure Living Salon and Barber Shops, working training salons for the residents and public at the Lyndoch Warrnambool site have opened up doors to the students not otherwise exposed to the elders in the community, and likewise gives the elders the chance to interact with the students, whilst getting pampered in the salons.

South West TAFE

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“We are very grateful for the professionalism and care the staff have shown” Family of [email protected] clients

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“We would like to acknowledge the fantastic support shown to this lovely couple by the [email protected] team and the flexibility and understanding of their care needs” Family Member of [email protected] client

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“The lady you sent over yesterday was delightful, and even made Mum a hot lemon drink and put her to bed” Leanne (daughter of [email protected] client)

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“What a wonderful job Trish and Liz do, we are so happy with the care they provide” Family Members of [email protected] clients

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“I really appreciate the support from the Lyndoch [email protected] team, it’s a huge help in managing my caring role” Michelle ([email protected] client)

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“A very big thank you to the wonderful staff who came into our home and cared for my husband.  This respite break made a very difficult situation more tolerable and gave me something to look forward to” Christine ([email protected] client)

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“Geraldine is the about the best cleaner I’ve ever had!” Maurice  ([email protected] client)

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“Jan is such a capable, competent and calming carer, I feel so safe in her hands.  I could not ask for anyone better” Joan ([email protected] client)

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“I’ve always been a busy, practical person and I’m still a busy person – I’m still able to be very involved in the community, especially the Speedway. I’m a busy bloke!” “I get spoilt rotten here! I really get cared for.” Stuart (Swinton East)

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“One of the lovely nurses had a great idea and planted out a raised bed with tomatoes and other plants and I enjoy getting out there and doing some work in the garden, collecting the produce.” “The staff are very, very nice. They greet you with a smile and do things very well.“ “I really enjoy the school kids visiting, and I’m amazed at the quality of the kids, they’re all so nice!” John (Lake Lodge)

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“I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’m very happy with the nurses and other staff” Margaret (Lake Lodge)

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“I’ve made friends here that I wouldn’t have been able to meet living by myself at home. It’s like an extension of your family” “The staff are absolutely fantastic here, nothing is ever a problem for them. Right through to the maintenance men, the cleaners and gardeners and staff at the kiosk, they’re all obliging and always greet you with a smile” “At Lyndoch I get comfort, care and conversation, add a bit of fresh air and that’s exactly what you need in life” Lynette (Swinton East)