Building Life Skills

November 27, 2012 by Ayal Tusia
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A $10,000 grant from a private community philanthropic fund will enable Melbourne’s Jewish Care to offer a series of workshops to improve life skills and quality of life for adults living with a disability.

The gift from the fund, which has requested to remain anonymous, will finance LifeSkills workshops for Jewish Care clients living at The Manders Villas (formerly Glen Eira Villas) independent accommodation in Caulfield.

Access Inc has been engaged to run the sessions, which include topics such as food and budget preparation, purchase planning, food handling and preparation of simple, wholesome meals.

“As part of a self-determination process, our clients identified food handling and meal preparation as a key factor in facilitating an independent lifestyle,” said Bill Appleby, CEO,  Jewish Care.

“As well as increasing client safety while cooking their own food, the primary focus is empowerment. This course will increase self-management and self-esteem, and reduce dependency and reliance on family members and paid carers.”

Maureen Flaherty, General Manager, Community Services at Jewish Care added that the workshops provided clients the opportunity to socialise within a learning environment.

“We believe our partnership with Access Inc to deliver the LifeSkills workshops will result in enhanced quality of life for residents, and we thank trustees of the fund for their generous gift which makes this program possible,” said Flaherty.

The program, in partnership with Access Inc, will be launched February 2013.

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