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Katrina Breen

A portrait photo of Katrina BreenI am in my late 30s and have been teaching music for 19 years. I teach violin, piano and baby music. I completed a Diploma of Community Development in 2008. I am hoping to work in mental health. I am really interested in helping people to set goals and achieve them. I recently started volunteer work at an aged care hostel. I am also a yoga devotee and keen cyclist. Another lifelong interest is reading quality fiction.


I view life as a journey, and believe that every person can control their own destiny.


Katrina Breen's articles

Going online to Meetup

Meetup is an online community where anyone can start a group and post events for people to meet face-to-face. It has hundreds of groups in Victoria, and for all kinds of interests. The site is easy to navigate and you can receive email notifications of events. Groups for people with disabilities in Melbourne include The Treehouse for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families, and the Melbourne Wheelchair, Disability & Friends Social Group. Through Meetup people have found groups to do activities with, made new friends and had positive experiences which may never have otherwise happened.

Posted by: Katrina Breen, on 24/06/14 | Lifestyle | Healthy living

Volunteering is rewarding

Volunteering can be a fun, sociable and rewarding experience. It also provides important help to other people. Many different kinds of organisations use volunteers. One of my volunteer roles is working as a mentor with people with mental illness. The program is called Connecting Mentors and Mates and is organised by Doutta Galla Community Health. As a mentor, I am paired with participants who want to work on improving their connections in the community. My role is to support this person in working towards a goal of their choice.

Posted by: Katrina Breen, on 04/04/14 | Lifestyle | Healthy living

Disability awards: make your nomination



Do you know someone who works to improve the lives of people with a disability? Do you know of a business that’s used clever ideas to improve access, or that’s increased community awareness of disability? If you do, then nominate them for the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector awards. Nominations close this Friday and the winners will be announced in June.

Posted by: Katrina Breen, on 03/03/14 | Rights & policies | Decisions & announcements

Out & About

It can sometimes take a lot of planning to find where you can go out when you have a disability. But a new tool will now make this planning easier. It is a free app called Out & About. It can be used on an iPhone or iPad. Out & About finds accessible venues and events in Melbourne for people with a disability. It lists accessible places such as parks, beaches, restaurants and cafes. You can review and rate the accessibility of the places you visit. You can also add accessible venues. The app is by Villa Maria.

Posted by: Katrina Breen, on 04/12/13 | Out & about | Events

After Hours Events

At the After Hours Events held at Oakleigh Bowls Club, participants with intellectual and other learning disabilities at can enjoy partner dancing, singing and learn social and communication skills. Best of all, they can have great conversations and make new friends. Donna Gabriel uses her many talents to run this exciting program. Partner dancing is a favourite activity, which involves spending a short amount of time with everyone, using the brain with physical movement, and getting fit and active.

Posted by: Katrina Breen, on 24/04/13 | Out & about | Events

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