What is the Leisure and Lifestyle program?

The Leisure and Lifestyle program was developed directly from the feedback of our wonderful client community.

We reached out to everyone who accesses our services and asked what skills they wanted to learn that would give them additional confidence in their day-to-day lives.

From this feedback, the Leisure and Lifestyle program was created. The program is aimed at giving you the chance to get out of your comfort zone and develop your skills in any of the three areas offered.

The three classes currently available are cooking, self-defence and clay. These three very different classes offer you the chance to either try something new, build on existing abilities or develop skills that make you feel safer in your community.

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Why take a Leisure and Lifestyle class?

The Leisure and Lifestyle classes are a chance for you to do something positive for yourself. They are an opportunity for you to develop new skills in a supportive, enjoyable environment. All three classes are developed to suit people of all abilities and stages of vision loss, with the elements tailored to suit each individual. 

The classes are also a chance for you to socialise in a supportive, inclusive community space.

Self Defence

A woman and a man practice a self-defence move

Feel safer out in your community

Navigating in familiar and unfamiliar areas with a vision impairment can sometimes feel daunting. The self-defence program is aimed at teaching you basic defensive moves that can increase your confidence when you are outside your home.

The program also assists you to develop improved body awareness, balance and stability.

An instructor shows two participants how to use a self-defence move

How can I access this program?

The self-defence program takes place over a six-week block with one class per week, usually on a Saturday. There are multiple blocks running throughout the year, depending on application numbers, so make sure to contact our team and find a block that works best for you.

Indicative NDIS costs for the six-week block of classes : $482.25

If you do not have an NDIS plan but would like to apply for the program, please contact our friendly team on 3500 9060 or at [email protected]

Feedback from self-defence

Kick free of your comfort zone

“It’s really good for the blind community to use different parts of our body and mind,” Brian said. “We can get used to a routine – using computers at home, navigating our environments – and this is different.”

Brian, self-defence class participant
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Clay program

Express yourself with creativity

The clay program is a chance to explore your creative side in a supportive, relaxed environment. Clay work is extremely tactile and gives you the chance to utilise visual memory and self-expression to create beautiful pieces of art.

The Benefits

The clay program is structured to cater for people of all abilities and includes a range of both physical, social and mental benefits. These include:

Promoting dexterity and fine and gross motor skills: Over the eight-week block, you’ll be learning a variety of techniques that require you to utilise your hands to mould, shape and paint the clay.

Encouraging positive mental health: The class creates a space for socialisation and inclusion for people from various stages of life in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Creating ornamental and practical pieces: You’ll have the freedom to create a range of different pieces, including vases, plant pots, mugs, decorations and much more.

How can I access this program?

The clay program takes place over an eight-week block with one class per week, usually on a Wednesday. There are multiple blocks running throughout the year, dependent on application numbers, so make sure to contact our team and find a block that works best for you.

Indicative NDIS costs for the eight-week block of classes : $698.88

If you do not have an NDIS plan but would like to apply for the program, please contact our friendly team on 3500 9060 or at [email protected]

Cooking program

Challenge yourself in the kitchen

Have you always wanted to be a whiz in the kitchen? Or perhaps you would like to adapt the skills you already have to suit your changing vision?

The cooking program is suitable for people at all levels of ability and is aimed at helping you to develop the skills you need to be able to cook confidently in your own kitchen and home.

The benefits of the cooking program

Not only will you learn how to cook a selection of mouth-watering meals from risotto to pizza to decadent desserts, you’ll also reap a variety of other benefits.

Exposure to adaptive technologies: The class offers you the chance to test out different adaptive technologies that you may be able to use in your own kitchen. It can be overwhelming to look into the different technologies available without first being able to trial them. This class offers you the chance to try out different technology such as talking scales, liquid level indicators and a variety of other technologies.

Positive social interactions: The class brings together people from different backgrounds and with different levels of cooking abilities. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and share in the joy of cooking with your peers.

Work closely with an Occupational Therapist: As part of the class, you will be working closely with an Occupational Therapist who can assist you in improving different techniques and adapting skills to suit your individual needs.

How can I access this program?

The cooking program takes place over a four-week block with one class per week, usually on a Tuesday or Friday. There are multiple blocks running throughout the year, depending on application numbers, so make sure to contact our team and find a block that works best for you.

Indicative NDIS costs for the four-week block of classes : $1097.08

This cost includes the assistance of an Occupational Therapist who will be on hand to provide tailored support during the session.

If you do not have an NDIS plan but would like to apply for the program, please contact our friendly team on 3500 9060 or at [email protected]

A woman in a white long-sleeved shirt stands at a bench preparing food

“I don’t feel helpless anymore. I used to think that I couldn’t do it, but now I know that even if I can’t, I can just learn how,” MJ said.

MJ, Cooking class participant
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Complementary services

Looking for something else? All our services can be accessed on their own or in conjunction with more of our programs.

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Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology

Toddlers can begin using equipment like a cane to help them move around safely.

Guide Dog Mobility
Guide Dog Mobility

A Guide Dog is a loyal companion to help you navigate the world around you.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Receive professional support for everyday skills like cooking, cleaning and personal care.

Counselling
Counselling

Losing your vision can be a confronting experience, but we’re here to support you.

Our team are here to guide you through your options and help connect you with the right support.

Phone
Call 1800 810 122
Address
Guide Dogs Queensland Breeding and Training Centre
1978 Gympie Rd, Bald Hills Qld 4036
Office
Monday - Friday | 8:30am - 4:30pm
Contact
Contact Client Services online
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