ACT Leisure Program were delighted to open their first home on Friday, May 21.
The four-bedroom facility in Hawker will allow two NDIS clients at a time to book respite stays, as well as provide a new base for their various courses and classes, some of their social activities, and it gives them some new office space for their general admin as well.
The opening day saw 75 people in attendance, from staff and clients through to federal member for Canberra, Alicia Payne.
"Silk Cafe catered at a discount and the food was amazing," said area manager Courtney Rouland.
Kayleigh McGlynn was also generous in providing the photography at a discount rate, plus for those clients not comfortable having their picture taken a large white canvas was there to put hand prints on.
"That way everyone got to feel included," Courtney said.
"It was an awesome day, and it was amazing to see so many in the NDIS group together.
"We had clients speaking to coordinators and showing them what they had accomplished recently," which was really nice.
ACT Leisure Program was bought fairly recently by new owners Khristian and Simon, and the home at Hawker is only one of their ongoing investments in the success of the operation.
The plan is to open more facilities that are similar to this one, and Courtney also told us that the next location is likely to be in Woden in a few months time.
They're also planning to invest in a couple of minibuses to make it even easier, as well as cheaper, for clients to attend the many wonderful outings they have, such as barbeques by the lake, visits to museums, their astronomy nights, and more.
They cover all of the ACT, and they're growing to make their services even better and more accessible for all their clients.
As a registered NDIS provider, ACT Leisure Program support clients in accessing social and community initiatives, and they also host a number of empowering and fun programs.
"We support clients across the entire ACT and are committed to ensuring a high level of quality and support for clients."
Beyond the outings are the classes and courses, and the home in Hawker just made them better.
With the cooking classes, for instance, they can go way beyond the ability to feed one's self and help them understand the entire plant life cycle. They'll be able to grow some of the ingredients they use; planting them, feeding them mulch and caring for them. Then picking or plucking them, washing, preparing, cooking and finally eating them. And that can be a rewarding experience too.
Various classes will start at Hawker from next Tuesday.
"Everything we do is client-driven, and we feel it's important to offer one-to-one support as well," Courtney said.
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ACT Leisure Program are also looking for referrals too, so if any of their activities, classes or respite services interest you, be sure to reach out. You can email email@example.com or call 0417 339 648.