In the heart of Bendigo and Bundoora, Latrobe Lifeskills is a beacon of inclusivity and empowerment for people with a disability. Since 1998, Lifeskills has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of participants by offering a wide range of engaging and enriching group activities. These activities go beyond the ordinary, providing opportunities for personal growth, social interaction, and skill development. In recent times, we have expanded our timetable to cater to even more diverse interests and needs. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the fantastic group activities on offer.
As the only disability organisation based at a university in Australia, Latrobe Lifeskills offers participants the opportunity to be a part of the broader La Trobe University community, where they can build independence, create social connection and pursue their interests in an integrated environment.
Below we put a spotlight on some of our most-requested activities to how how there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to group activities.
Exercise is essential for maintaining physical health and well-being. Lifeskills offers inclusive sports programs that allow participants to enjoy physical activity while promoting teamwork and coordination. Whether it’s adapted basketball, soccer, or a variety of other sports, everyone can find a fun and engaging way to stay active and healthy.
Travel training offers numerous benefits for participants. It promotes independence by teaching Participants essential skills like planning routes, using public transportation, and budgeting for trips. This newfound self-reliance enhances confidence and social inclusion, as Participants can explore new places and interact with their community more freely.
Zumba and Yoga
For those who prefer a more holistic approach to fitness, Latrobe Lifeskills offers Zumba and yoga classes. These sessions are designed to improve flexibility, balance, and overall well-being. Zumba, provides an enjoyable cardio workout while Yoga focuses on relaxation, mindfulness, and gentle physical movements, making it accessible to participants of all abilities.
Art and Creativity
Latrobe Lifeskills believes that everyone should have the chance to explore their creativity. Our Art activities provide a safe and supportive environment for participants to experiment with various art forms, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. Through art, individuals can convey their thoughts and emotions, fostering self-expression and building self-esteem.
Cooking is not just about preparing meals; it’s an essential life skill that promotes independence and self-sufficiency. Latrobe Lifeskills offers cooking activities where participants can learn to prepare delicious and nutritious meals. These activities are adapted to accommodate various cooking experience and abilities, ensuring that everyone can participate and enjoy the culinary experience.
Bowling is a classic leisure activity that transcends age and ability. Latrobe Lifeskills runs weekly bowling outings, providing opportunities for participants to practice their aim, hand-eye coordination, and social skills. These outings are not just about strikes and spares; they are about building lasting friendships and enjoying a day out in the community.
In addition to these recreational activities, Latrobe Lifeskills also offers disability-specific courses that focus on skills and knowledge tailored to the needs of participants. These courses cover a wide range of topics, from communication and self-advocacy to financial literacy and job readiness. The aim is to empower individuals with the tools they need to lead fulfilling and independent lives.
The Expanded Timetables
In response to the growing demand for inclusive and empowering group activities, Latrobe Lifeskills Bendigo has expanded its timetable to provide even more options for participants. This expansion allows for greater flexibility and choice, ensuring that individuals can engage in activities that align with their interests and goals.
Latrobe Lifeskills is more than just an organisation; it’s a community that values and celebrates the abilities of every individual. Through a diverse range of group activities, from sports and fitness to art, cooking, and beyond, we fosters personal growth, social connections, and independence.
With an ever-expanding timetable, we are making it possible for even more NDIS participants to embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.