Community Participation

We provide individualised support to suit individual’s social needs to enable the pursuit of social and recreational activities in the wider community.

Individuals choose their own activities within general categories such as mentoring, peer-matching, sport, healthy living, culture, the arts, recreational activities, educational support, volunteering and pre-employment training and support.

Our approach is to build on the existing personal strengths of the individual and support existing community access strategies, such as the use of public transport, if that is the individual’s current way of accessing the community. This approach allows our clients to retain existing skills, while supporting their resources to stretch towards cultivating positive outcomes aligned to their individual support plan. The programs range from providing support to enable individuals to independently engage in the community with various levels of intensity, through to skills development in the community or at our learning and recreation centre.

St Jude’s offers a learning and recreation centre located in Bellevue which includes: a men’s shed, community garden, sensory room, computer and cooking classes and much more. Through the centre we offer Independent Skills Development Programs covering budgeting, meal planning, preparation and use of public transport.