Since we met Haylee in 2012, she has begun volunteering, studying youth work at TAFE, social scrapbooking and gained her independence as she now gets to and from her activities with no assistance.

Haylee volunteers at the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which she loves, however she also wanted to pursue another passion and meet more people that also have the same interest as her.

As Haylee loves scrapbooking, her Community Inclusion Facilitator wanted to help her find a social scrapbooking group in her local area.

They found a great group at a shop in Canningvale, which Haylee would attend, with our support, on  Wednesdays with a wonderful and welcoming group of women. After a while it was apparent that full time support was not needed so Haylee's support time was halved by her attending the session herself independently and then supported in the afternoon. All the women made this transition easy for Haylee by assisting her with small things that she needed help with.

Haylee had been going to this particular group for six months when they were told that the store was closing and they would have to move elsewhere. The whole group got together and found another scrapbooking venue that could facilitate them on the same time and same day.

The group now attends weekly sessions at Scrapbooking Secrets and are as close as ever  – the banter and the friendship between the ladies is incredible –  and on Haylee's 21st birthday this year, the women all got together and organised a surprise birthday party for her.

It’s great to see such great friends that are bought together by their shared passion.