Tulgeen turning 40

Tulgeen Disability Services is excited to be celebrating its 40th birthday this month.

On Tuesday, May 23, Tulgeen will be joined at the Bega Commemorative Civic Centre by guests including Mayor Kristy McBain, Tulgeen chairman Grattan Smith, board members Peter Hughes, Liam O’Duibhir, Gae Rheinberger, John Stylianou and Christine Van Den Berg, previous directors, and managers, current Tulgeen clients, their carers and advocates, and the wonderful Tulgeen team.

“We are proud to celebrate 40 years of achievement and commitment at Tulgeen,” Tulgeen CEO Jen Russell said.

“We have lived our vision of ‘enabling a good life’ for people living with a disability in the Bega Valley Shire since 1977.

“This occasion is very special and important to our clients, as many have been clients with us since the beginning,” she said.

“I must also acknowledge how wonderfully supportive our local community is, we should be very proud of how inclusive this fantastic community is.”

Tulgeen has four social enterprises – Bega Valley Work Crew, Riverside Nursery, Stitches and Prints and Tulgeen Packaging Services.

Each provide competitive services to the community and paid, meaningful employment to people living with a disability.

All profits from each enterprise are re-invested into the Tulgeen community to improve and build on what can be offered.

Inclusion programs provide activities and learning opportunities within Tulgeen’s INSYNC building in Bega or at its Merimbula site, and out in the community taking advantage of all the shire has to offer.

Ms Russell said she is excited for the next chapter of Tulgeen.

“The implementation of the NDIS combined with our deep roots in the Bega Valley community are paving the way for a bright future for Tulgeen,” she said.