SHORT STAY
LIFE SKILLS
INDEPENDENT
LIVING EXPERIENCES

who's it for

Over 18s with
mild learning challenges

location

Doncaster, Victoria

Our location provides many life skill capacity building opportunities…

Grocers and supermarkets for meal preparation supplies

Cafes, restaurants & food hall

Independent
shopping

Movies

LIFE SKILL - DRIVING

With or without your L's we can get you driving.*
Of course, only if you want to.

Our specialist driving instructors aren't mainstream instructors. They have a lot of training and experience understanding how not to overwhelm new learners with disabilities.

If you don't have your L's we can set you up with an online video program which is especially helpful if reading is a challenge.

* Lessons without L's will be at a private closed road facility

LIFE SKILL - IN THE KITCHEN

Similar to a hotel we only provide tea, coffee and milk.
This provides our guests with the opportunity of catering for themselves within the budget of the supplied grocery store gift card.

Belong’s video cooking program assists guests to prepare their chosen meal with minimal support. It’s been specifically designed for those with little or no previous cooking experience and learning and fine motor challenges.

LIFE SKILL - TIME MANAGEMENT

Time management skills are crucial for independence and participating in meaningful opportunities.

At the core of time management is understanding the concept of time but many specialist schools struggle to teach analog time so these concepts remain challenging.

Our apps address both issues…

LIFE SKILL - MONEY

Money and maths can be complex.

Our range of apps simplify everyday maths
concepts and calculator functions.

To continue post event skills development
all participants receive a copy to share
with their support team

A PLACE TO BELONG

  • Higher expectations life skills education
  • Connection
  • Support
  • Friendship

LIFE SKILLS ACTIVITIES TIMETABLE

Guests can be as busy or relaxed as they choose...

Learning to drive, all stages
Career pathways, developing work ethic and purpose
Time management, understanding time
Money skills, understanding value and simplifying everyday concepts
Deportment - dressing for success, personal hygiene, laundry skills
Independent living - support teams, advocacy, online safety in the real world, scammers
Finding your tribe - eating, socialising, day trips, hobbies, sport, out & about
Mental health - exercise, yoga, meditation
Neurotherapy exercises & diet - to improve memory, focus, concentration

GUEST SECURITY

To facilitate and optimise the independence of our participants and ensure their safety we offer various care options using app supported GPS tracking devices.

We can provide a watch style device if it's preferable guests don't use a phone based app.

With this device we can...
Identify guest location, for example if guests become disorientated
Be alerted to a guest traveling outside a preset radius, for example 2 kilometres
Be alerted to curfew breaches, for example 11pm to 6am
Provide phone contact for staff and family or carers

Guests aren’t required to have a mobile phone.

CONNECTIONS & SUPPORT

Participants are invited to our alumni events and have access to our mentors, specialist team, advocates, apps and online programs.

GUEST SUITABILITY

To ensure a good fit with our program and the other participants we require all participants complete a paid pre event care team consultation process.

SHARED APARTMENTS

2 bedroom apartments are available with additional pre event care team consultation.

LOCATION

Restricted access apartments opposite one of Melbourne’s largest retail shopping venues - Westfield’s Doncaster Shopping Town.

Amenities include gym and swimming pool.

HOW LONG CAN I STAY?

One night, two nights, long weekends, whole weeks and longer if you like.