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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

22 December 2021

It’s been a long year.  Since my last communication we have had more lockdowns, with the last one far longer than anticipated – 77 days I believe.  The second year of ups and downs.   Throughout the year we have done our best to continue providing services.  Managers have worked tirelessly to ensure the return of as many participants as we can with the ongoing restrictions in place.  As was the case earlier in the year, our services have been in the main provided onsite.  We have had very creative staff and participants during this time.   We are also very lucky to have such large great grounds to utilise.


We are compliant with the Public Health mandatory vaccinations direction for staff.   Although it is a personal choice, we would encourage participants and their families to get vaccinated.   We are able to provide support to participants to access the vaccination.  If you would like support please contact the office in the new year to discuss how we may be able to assist.   

We continue to have strong systems in place to minimise the risk of COVID.  I thank all participants, families and staff for their continued diligence in working within our systems.


As you will be aware we completed an extensive organisational review throughout the year.  This resulted in some new positions.  On the 15 November we welcomed Sue into the team.  Sue joined us to take on the new role of Program Leader – NDIS.   In the new year we will be welcoming Barrie into the role of General Manager.  These two positions will greatly assist us in moving forward.  We are planning some information sessions in the first quarter of next year to provide an update of the organisational review recommendations that the Board has endorsed.   We hope to see you there.  Keep an eye out for the invites.  


I appreciate the support and trust that you have given BDS throughout the year.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a  very merry Christmas and happy New Year. I look forward to seeing you all in 2022.  Please stay safe.


Kind regards,

Barb van den Vlekkert


BDS Update

8 June 2021

As I write we are in our fourth lockdown, each one a little more familiar to us, as it seems to be a regular occurrence in Melbourne. We know the drill,  however it doesn’t make it any easier for anyone.  What started as one week lockdown has now moved to two.  I like all Melbournians are hopeful that at 11:59pm on Thursday 11 June this lock down will be lifted and we can return to some “normality”.

Due to the current sanctions and restrictions in place, BDS has once again scaled back our services to essential services only.  This current plan ensures that BDS complies with the mandatory rules and other directions that are in place for metropolitan Melbourne to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce risk to the health of our employees and the individuals we support. 

Prior to this lockdown, we were well on the way to returning all those ready to return.  Although we have a large site, it has been a challenge to resume all services back to normal with the social distancing rules.

We are being as creative as we can to maximise the support we can provide. We thank our families and care givers for their patience as we continue planning returns.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support in this matter. Please stay safe.
Kind regards,
Barb van den Vlekkert