About

Director Simon Crethar, started out as travel agent, working for Spencer Travel Group 12 years ago.

Simon’s cousin who has a disability wanted to go on a holiday and when he attempted to plan this, he realised how few options there were for people with a disability.  It was from this day; Aspire Supported Holidays was born.

Aspire Disability Group originated by offering Supported Holidays to people with disabilities in the Community.  As Aspire began to grow, Simon noticed there was a lack of companies providing day support.

He wanted to provide this service in a very compassionate way and started to build a family of employees who felt the same way.

Simon wants his company to support people through the unknown. Ensure they have the knowledge when utilising the National Disability Scheme (NDIS).  Making sure each client has the best plan possible, and a plan that meets their needs.

Offering a range of services that suit the client. We aim to achieve goal setting and make sure each one of our clients are heard and doing everything we can to ensure they are part of the local community and achieving what makes them happy.

Aspire Disability group offers Day Support, Support in the Community, Social Participation, Short Term Accommodation and Respite as well as having a great team of COS (Co Ordination of Supports). We are based in the Newcastle, Maitland, Port Stephen’s, and Northern Rivers Regions.

Meet The Team

Simon Crethar Director

Simon is a Travel Specialist who has worked in tourism & hospitality for over 25 years. He
creates all of our wonderful holiday itineraries, negotiates with suppliers and travel
providers, hotels and tour operators, and works closely with our support personnel to
ensure our guests have the best possible holiday experience. Simon’s role also often
involves being the Group Tour Leader, and he has travelled extensively throughout this wonderful world we live in.

                Reanna Bryant Manager Director

Reanna is a disability support worker, who specialises in administration and organisation. Reanna has developed an interest in Disability after watching and caring for various disabled family members. Reanna uses her unique skill set to help participants with daily living this includes financial planning, managing and keeping appointments and setting daily routines. Reanna has been involved with managing her family’s business for a substantial amount of time. Reanna has been able to adapt business practices and ensure that all participants have their needs met.

Mitchell General Manager

Mitch is a disability support worker who specializes in Lawn and yard maintenance. Mitch developed an interest in Disability after watching and caring for various disabled family members. Mitch developed a need to help persons with disability with physical assistance such as yards & lawn maintenance and general maintenance. Mitch can help participants by making sure that they live in a suitable and safe space. Mitch has spent many years watching family perform disability support work and was able to adapt this into his own skill set. 

Kaenarelle Support Coordinator

Kaenarelle is an NDIS Co-ordination of Supports Officer, Kaenarelle has 4 years of experience in this role and 7 Years’ experience as a Support Worker. Kaenarelle decided to specialise in disability after completing a diploma of mental health. Kaenarelle was motivated into specialising in disability support after working as an AIN at a community nursing home and after watching immediate family members struggle to access NDIS related activities. Kaenarelle has been a Foster parent for over 15 years and has rehabilitated 5+ children to leading productive lives. Co-ordinating and managing NDIS plans has become a passion to Kaenarelle as she believes everyone has a right to living a productive life.

Travis Support Personnel

Travis is a disability support worker who has worked with vulnerable children for over 10 years. Travis has become increasingly passionate about disability support care after watching the children he cared for thrive. Travis is adept in helping people learn life and job skills. Travis has 15 years’ experience working in the asphalt and party hire industries, this has allowed him to learn and pass on numerous skills such as machine operation, time and money management and OHS regulations. Travis has seen many people suffer with mental health and believes in early intervention. 

Melissa Community Engagement Manager

Mel has worked in the disability industry for the past 6 years. Mel holds certifications in disability support, medication management, first aid and behaviour support. She has had a wide variety of roles including transition to work, program creation, group and 1:1 support. Mel is a passionate support worker who always endeavours to create an environment and programs that are tailored towards learning and personal development.

Viktoria Support Personnel

Viktoria is a Disability support worker with 5 years’ experience. Viktoria developed a passion for disability support work after her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This gave Viktoria a unique perspective as she had both been the participant and support personnel through the NDIS. Viktoria has spent the last 1.5 years as a kinship Carer, making her adverse in the care for vulnerable children. Viktoria gained experience in conflict resolution whilst studying a bachelor of forensics, although, ultimately decided to pursue a career in Disability support and mental health. 

Sue Support Personnel 

Sue is highly trained and has worked in the disability field for more than three decades. Sue brings experience in medication, epilepsy, diabetes, behaviour management, mental health, manual handling, accommodation services, respite, community access, travel support and transition to work to Aspire Supported Holidays’ collective skill set

Steve Support Personnel

I have been a carer for 12 years & have a multitude of certificates in the discipline. In addition, I have attended several courses in Palliative care & Dementia care & have completed  a 2 year online university course on understanding, living with & prevention of Dementia. I have worked in a facility & community environment in aged, disability & dementia care & I am currently doing 1 on 1 support work.  I respect my clients dignity, identified needs, preferences, independence &  encourage  them with their  choices & decisions

Maddie Support Personnel

Maddie has 5 years experience in the disability sector.  Maddie has extensive experience working with intellectual disabilities and mental health clients.  She brings a touch youth and energy to her clients whilst striving to help her clients kick their personal goals. 

 

Matthew Support Personnel

Matt is an experienced disability worker who is highly experienced in mental health and complexed disabilities.  Matt has an IT background and enjoying working with clients bringing his calm collected, empathetic and energetic personality everyday.

Sarah Support Personnel

Sarah has 5yrs experience in the disability sector.  Sarah brings a youthful energy and bubbly personality welcomed by clients.  Sarahs is extremely apt in household domestic organisation and medical schedules.

Jada Support Personnel

Jada has 5 years experience in the disability sector.  Jada is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing and has experience working with intellectual disabilities and mental health clients.  Jade is into health, fitness and has extensive knowledge in diabetes. She brings a touch youth and energy to her clients.

Emma Wilson HR/ Adminstration Manager 

Emma joined ADG in 2021 following an extensive career as a Personal Assistant where she held senior HR, Marketing and Administration Management roles in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. Emma loves to bring people together to enable unique, true human connections and inclusive lives filled with opportunity. 

Emma brings her organisation expertise and passion for empowering individuals to take control of their health and mind into the support space.

Paula Support Personnel

Paula is highly trained and has worked in the industry for many year’s. brings experience in medication, epilepsy, diabetes, behaviour management, mental health, manual handling, accommodation services, respite, community access and travel support. Paula has a Certificate IV in Disabilities and of course a First Aid Certificate.

Deborah Support Personnel

Deb has over 22 years of experience in the disability field including mental health, first aid, medication competency, manual handling, advanced first aid, epilepsy, diabetes, and Stoma care.

Deb’s career has included day programs and 1-1 support, carer roles for acquired brain injury, catatonic depression and dementia, pharmacy/dispensary, Scout leader and restaurateur.

Steven Support Personnel

Steven has been working as a professional Social Worker in the health, aged care, child protection, out of home care, disability and NDIS field for over 20 years.  Steven has also worked as a counsellor for both general counselling and also as a problem gambling counsellor and has previously been the treasurer of the NSW council on problem gambling.  His roles have included behaviour support manager, support worker, assessor and consultant.  Steven has been a manger in the health and NGO sector and also in the out of home care field.  Steven has a passion for social justice and inclusion for all people and has a genuine compassion for those facing challenges.