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Learning new skills is an important part of growing as an individual. At Afford, we work closely with each of our clients to ensure that we provide the right supports to help achieve their goals for work, at home and in life.

Our Group Homes are places where residents find support from staff and housemates to develop their skills. Gardening and cooking go hand in hand in our Group Homes. Residents are eager to learn about different plants, nurturing and harvesting what they’ve grown and also learning different recipes for meals that they can cook on their own.

Our residents love getting their hands dirty in the garden; planting seeds, watching them grow and nurturing them until they are ready to harvest and use in the kitchen.

At Empire home, resident, Matthew, along with staff member, Breanna, were out in the yard observing the veggie patch, when Matthew noticed that the first of their strawberries was ready to pick. It was such a special moment for Matthew, because he has contributed towards the care of the strawberry patch. Matthew carefully picked the ripe strawberry, washed it and ate it to taste all the natural goodness. He is looking forward to picking more strawberries in the coming months to share with his housemates.

“Am I able to pick the strawberry, Breanna!” – Matthew

Cooking has become a household activity, with residents working together to work out their meal plans for the week by researching healthy recipes online, shopping for ingredients with the support of their Lifestyle Assistants and helping each other in the kitchen to get the right pots, pans and utensils, and to prepare food by cutting, slicing, baking and boiling foods to eat.

At the Billabong, Dolphin, Sunshine and Panthers Group Homes, residents have been cooking feasts to enjoy together.

Brett enjoys cooking and often likes taking the lead in the kitchen. He recently decided that he was going to make a delicious dinner of pork chops, corn and vegetables for himself and his housemates. Mark became Brett’s sous-chef and watched the water boiling to make sure it didn’t overflow from the corn.

At Dolphin Cove, Daryl and Andrew worked together to prepare the food for a burger meal. They prepared the meat paddies and the vegetables to have them all ready to put together for a wonderful meal together.