With Covid-19 restrictions easing, the team at LiveBetter aren’t letting anything stop them from getting back to their weekly Group Hub activities for their clients. Following COVID-safe plans, we are back to running essential programs aimed at building social and independent living skills for those who need them most.
Our Back-to-Basics program in Rockhampton runs on a Wednesday morning, working with clients around activities that develop communication, practical living skills and relationship building. A great way that the team has found this to work really well is through guided cooking.
“Food is a great way to bring people together”
“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.”
As well as practical skills 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.