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Latrobe Lifeskills Newsletter: 7 March 2019
Welcome Meeting - Bundoora

What a fantastic turnout we had at our Welcome Meeting in Bundoora for 2019. The sun came out just in time so families, carers and staff were able to enjoy a chat in the Lifeskills garden over some drinks and nibbles.
We hope to see as many families and carers at Lifeskills throughout the year as we host regular get-togethers and some more formal meetings to share information, experiences and often a laugh.
It was clear from this gathering that Lifeskills has built and continues to build a strong, supportive community.


From the CEO
I am guilty! This edition has been delayed because of submitting my copy late. Already, articles are flooding in for the next edition, in particular covering the visit of the local MP.
The year is rushing on with new Participants, a quality audit (which tends to increase the adrenaline), along with the RTO audit and preparing for the NDIA Quality and Safeguards requirements due 1 July 2019.
I believe there is an informal gardening competition between Bundoora and Bendigo, an interesting challenge, added to by climate variables, type of produce chosen and the care given. I'm glad I don't have to adjudicate - well done to all of the gardeners.
The Executive have met with families at Bendigo and Bundoora - always an enjoyable time to receive feedback on our efforts. Thank you for your views and thoughts.
Without mentioning climate change or no climate change, we look forward to some balmy Autumn days in March.  
Gardening in the ‘Go!

In November 2018 the team from Bendigo planted our first vegie crop! We're using existing raised garden beds at La Trobe University and planted a variety of plants, with our taste buds and Wednesday cooking sessions in mind. Easy to use, versatile and healthy vegies and herbs, like tomatoes, lettuce, beetroot, zucchini, carrots, chives and basil were the first to go in.  
We're very lucky to have a watering system in place that has been taking care of the produce during the hot weather and as a result, everything has thrived.
We've pulled out all the stops, even singing to our plants to help them grow. We're not sure whether it's the singing, the right soil, mother nature or lots of water, but everything seems to working a treat. We’ve harvested some zucchinis and many of the tomatoes already. We hope there will be more ripe tomatoes ready next week - there’s hundreds!
We’re planning to make a zucchini slice and fresh garden salad, where our tomatoes will be the stars.
See some of our impressive vegies
Tanya Bytschkow - Participant Support Worker (Bendigo)
2018 Survey Results
Thank you to all of the Participants, families and carers for completing the 2018 Lifeskills survey.
The results were overwhelmingly positive - a result we don't take for granted.

There are some areas that were identified by families and Participants as requiring improvement, so in response to this feedback, we have taken the following steps:
  • Some families and carers indicated that they were unaware of the current timetable outside of their son/daughter's usual activities. We have now published the current Bundoora timetable here. This will be updated as activities are changed, added or removed.
  • One of the major changes at Lifeskills as a result of the transition from DHHS to NDIS is the reduction in 'official' holiday breaks. While Lifeskills now operates more weeks of the year than ever before, (closing only for public holidays and festive period), that doesn't mean Participants can't enjoy holidays as they wish. All we need to know is the dates Participants will be leaving and returning. Participant holidays are important and up to the individual and their carers as to when they are taken.
  • The survey also revealed that the complaints process is unclear to some Participants, which is why we've also revamped the Participant Handbook to make the process both clearer and easier. Each Participant will receive a copy of this shortly.
Thanks agan to all those who took the time to provide feedback, we hope to build on the positive elements and improve where required as 2019 progresses.
Coming Up!
*Labour Day Public Holiday Monday 11 March (Lifeskills
Bundoora and Bendigo closed)

*DHHS Quality Audit - Thursday 14 March

* Bundoora Breakfasts (watch out for upcoming dates)
Activities Available!
Spots are currently available in the following activities:

Monday AM Gardening
Monday PM Walking
Tuesday AM Bike Riding & Bowling/Mini Golf
Tuesday PM Gym
Wednesday AM Advanced Literacy and Numeracy
Wednesday AM & PM Studio
Wednesday PM Sport
Bendigo Kitchen
We're on the hunt for a new kitchen in Bendigo. Do you know of a space available that Lifeskills can use to conduct cooking activities? Get in touch via or 03 9479 1474.
Working With Children Check (WWCC)
With a number of projects in the works for 2019, there may be opportunities for Lifeskills Participants to gain work experience through a number of events. These opportunities require Working With Children Checks (volunteer), so if you're a Participant who is interested in furture work experience opportunitiies then we recommend you get your check organised. Please let us know once you get yours or if you have yours already!
Union Drive Works
Please note that between Monday 11 March and Sunday 17 March, the bottom of Union Drive at Latrobe University Bundoora will be blocked off for asphalt works.
During this time, we recommend conducting drop-offs at Menzies Drive, which is located off College Drive.
The LLP Project

Lifeskills is proud to support the LLP Project (Leah, Lycil and Princess Project) . Donna Burnett of La Trobe University Business School recently sent out some information about this life-changing project, which we fully support and hope to spread awareness of. More about the project here:

I am so very privileged to be joining a passionate team of swim instructors later this year to embark on a life changing experience for 180 children in a remote town in the Philippines. The team will be teaching these under privileged children basic swim and survival skills.
There is so much to organise before we head off, and we are asking our local communities to assist in any way they can, by either donating bathers, old and new (boys and girls, sizes 6-14) or donating funds to assist with the airfares for the teachers and kickboards and goggles for the children.
ANYTHING you can do to help would be most appreciated
Thanks so much – Donna Burnett

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Contact Details:
Head Office and Lifeskills Bundoora: 1A Union Drive, La Trobe University Bundoora VIC 3083
Lifeskills Bendigo: Edwards Road, La Trobe University Bendigo VIC 3552
Postal Address: PO Box 113, La Trobe University Bundoora VIC 3086
Phone: 03 9479 1474

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