“Food is a great way to bring people together,” Jodi Warby, LiveBetter Support Leader says. “It’s a really simple yet functional way for our clients to interact with each other, as well as learn some great independent living skills that they can further develop at home with their carers.
We make morning tea together on Wednesdays and prepare foods that are achievable to make as well as being affordable, which is great for learning budgeting.”
Jodi has been in the sector for 14 years and has seen the positive impact that these activities have in improving the independence and confidence in working on practical life choices.
The team facilitates an environment built on clear communication, teamwork and positivity, and has a directed focus on client choice.
By prioritising the building of relationships and rapport with their clients, as well as fostering a safe environment for them to make meaningful relationships with each other, Jodi says it’s the best foundation to move forward from.“We have a mix of people living with disability as well as psychosocial trauma,” says Jodi. “Of course we ascertain the dynamics of the group, and because we’ve got to know them really well, we know who will work well together in a group setting.
This is really great for them to engage with each other and build those important social skills. The relationships we build then pave the way for working on other practical aspects such as budgeting and other important day-to-day tasks.”
As well as practical skill learning with cooking, the team also facilitates time for their clients to participate in recreational activities such as games, drawing, or using computers, to further develop and enhance social skills.
“They get the opportunity to do things they enjoy and unwind, which is fun for them and of course also develops the social element,” says Jodi.
NDIS funding enables important continuity of support that sees LiveBetter’s clients gain access to this regular, essential support. If you know someone who could benefit from such services, contact the team at LiveBetter today at 1800 580 580.