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A true-blue Aussie experience! That’s what clients from Campbelltown, Green Valley and Lurnea Day Programs enjoyed thanks to a special visit from Dave from Bushbred.

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Learning about our nation’s heritage helps us understand the land, animals and community around us.

We may not be able to go out to parks, zoos and farms, but that hasn’t stopped Dave bringing the farm and a taste of Australia to our clients.

Animal Therapy for Skills Development

Our Campbelltown site was abuzz with neighs from the pony, cuddles for the guinea pigs and bleats from the Bushbred goat.

Connor, Roslyn, Matt, Frankee and Kadie loved running their fingers through the pony’s mane and touching the softness of the guinea pig fur. Along with a sensory experience, having the animals at Campbelltown gave everyone the chance to learn about managing their behaviour in different situations.

While at Campbelltown and during his visit to our Green Valley site, Dave also provided a few quick tutorials for everyday skills. He taught clients how to make a fire to cook food out in the bush. He even shared his damper recipe and gave everyone the chance to mix, knead and cook the damper on his ‘bush-stove’.

Once cooked, the damper was cut and spread with jams and honey for a lovely morning tea treat – yummo!

Lurnea clients participated in a real outdoor experience, with a bush walk at Cherrywood Friendship Farm, followed by damper making with Dave. The day had everyone moving for exercise, enjoying the sunshine and learning a thing or two about survival in the bush.

Afford Animal Therapy Program is run in partnership with Bushbred Horse Assisted Learning Programs and is specifically tailored for people of all abilities. In these extraordinary times, Afford is working with other organisations to provide continuity of supports to help individuals achieve their goals for work, home and in life.

Find out more about Afford Day Programs and the many unique programs and activities that can help you live the life you have always wanted.

How To: Make Damper Yourself – Here’s How

Source: Recipe thanks to Taste.com.auIngredients:

  • 450g (3 cups) self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 80g butter, chilled, cubed
  • 185ml (3/4 cup) water


Step 1: Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Step 2: Add the water to the flour mixture and use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until the mixture just comes together, adding 1-2 tablespoons extra water if the mixture is a little dry. Use your hands to bring the mixture together.

Step 3: Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Shape into an 18cm disc and place on the tray. Use a sharp knife that has been dipped in flour to mark 8 wedges on top. Dust the damper with a little extra flour and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the damper is cooked through and sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Transfer to a wire rack for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.