Jessica and Tayla are two best friends from Eagle Vale Supported Accommodation who work at Afford’s ADE factories. They have been exploring the tastes of the world and connecting with friends through the supported employee’s virtual cooking classes during Sydney’s lockdown.

Afford provides a whole-of-life approach where our residents are supported to develop their independence, engage in various activities, or find employment at one of our ADEs. 

“The cooking classes are great because they get to socialise with their friends and have fun. During the classes, they have both gotten to know new colleagues as well, with staff from all five sites joining in,” said Lifestyle Assistant, Niru Kharel. 

The cooking classes are hosted by Prestons Factory Manager, Joeann Adams, who wanted to find a way to keep everyone feeling connected during the COVID-19 lockdown. They are held twice a week and Joeann chooses recipes that every skill level can follow. 

“Jessica and Tayla have always enjoyed making dinner with staff. But since joining the cooking classes, their skills have improved and they are happier. Their other housemates love the cooking classes too because the girls always share their creations,” continued Niru. 

Their most recent dish was Singapore noodles which was a hit with everyone in the house. Jessica and Tayla have also visited their local park and completed arts and crafts projects to stay busy. 

“They both are excited for the lockdown to end because they miss working a lot,” said Niru. 

Find out more about Afford’s Supported Accommodation and Supported Employment to discover how they will help you learn new skills, make friends, belong to a community and have fun! 

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