SAFC’s group programs offer children the opportunity to enjoy activities in a group setting with peers of a similar age.
Our groups are focused on goal attainment, improving social skills and developing independence for children with a range of support needs. More than this, they are also fun and engaging and make good use of the local community and SAFC’s Centres.
SAFC groups are programmed and staffed by our team of disability support workers and to ensure the quality of the service, we typically staff at a 1:2 ratio (or 1:1 when required to ensure the safety of the individual child).
Our current programs include:
‘Time to Try!’ – this occurs on Saturdays during the school term and is a combination of community and centre based activities. Time to Try! is organised in age appropriate groups and recent activities have included attending local festivals and cultural celebrations, trips to Watson’s Bay, Blaxand Riverside Park and Luna Park. Centre based activities will also be available on Saturdays from Term 4 2017 with more stimulating and engaging programs on offer.
After School Group (ASG) – this occurs on weekdays during term time. The group is typically based at one of our centres in Croydon, with good access to a range of local parks. ASG is currently offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a view to extending to five days per week in coming months.
Vacation Care – this occurs during school holidays throughout the year. The Vacation Care program enables children to enjoy a wide range of recreational activities in the community or to participate in organised activities at one of our centres.
The Vacation Care program offers children a wide range of experiences such as visits to the Sydney Aquarium, IMAX, Symbio Wildlife Park, Taronga Zoo and Museum exhibitions. We also participate in visits to local parks, bush walking, movies, swimming, ferry days and sports days.
Long and short day options are available to parents to cater to working families.
Young Adult Groups – SAFC link young people with similar interests together so that they can enjoy the company of their peers whilst learning new skills such as travel training, money handling skills and participating in their local community. The activities for adults are very much about choice and control – they tell us what they want and, wherever we can, we make it happen!
(Group programs such as vacation care are claimable under NDIS Core Supports)