We provide a comprehensive range of services from locations across metro Sydney and Melbourne. Program plans and goals are developed with each individual and we offer a range of ready-made options such as photography, film-making and design programs that people can select if interested. All programs are designed to match individual interests and skills and provide an opportunity to develop new skills and experiences. Our key focus is social integration – enabling participants to gain confidence and skills within community settings.
In Victoria, our Outbound program provides its members with an opportunity to participate in a range of social activities and short breaks, assisted by experienced support workers. These events occur on average twice a month on a Saturday with two, weekend-long camps per year.
The Outbound program offers challenging adventures, trips and interactive activities which encourage participants to engage with others and to make the most of social occasions and new experiences.
Lifestyle House - Respite Facility
Lifestyle House, Rosella Avenue, Werribee opened in February 2017 and contributes to the health, wellbeing and development of young people living on the autism spectrum aged 15- 25 years and their families who reside in Wyndham, Melton and Brimbank. Lifestyle House is a purpose-built facility with live-in respite accommodation that incorporates specially designed recreational and sporting facilities, for up to five young people at a time. Lifestyle House represents personal-centred autism specific supports and is a high quality and collaborative project; planned and designed with great care, compassion, knowledge and innovation. A collaboration between the Department of Health and Human Services, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Wyndham City Council and Housing Choices Australia.
The Lifestyle House initiative provides more respite care options for young people who live on the autism spectrum and for their families. Families take comfort in knowing that their loved ones' respite stay will be a special one, with the centre carefully designed to deliver rich experiences for young people with complex needs, creating wonderful memories.
Lifestyle House is an extraordinary achievement that gives young people the opportunity to mix and enjoy activities together and to develop independence and resilience. The building reflects the interests of the young people who stay there. For young people living on the autism spectrum who like to engage in high-energy sporting and recreation activities, the centre's outdoor areas include a trampoline, swing, walking track, sensory garden and equipment storage for bikes and outdoor equipment. Indoors, consideration has been given to the zoning to create quiet spaces and areas that allow for movement and connection to adjoining or breakaway areas. A fully accessible kitchen enables young people to learn cooking skills to improve their health and increase personal well-being. Colour schemes, textures, textiles, acoustics, use of natural and LED light all create a safe, calming and soothing environment. There are three separate living areas that are utilised as calm sensory spaces for residents to feel soothed and to relax. Colour has been used in bedrooms to indicate organisation of spaces, to orientate young people in unfamiliar surroundings