To date, the two-year social inclusion program has helped 80 adults with a disability break down social isolation, build social networks and enjoy leisure activities, while also providing regular respite for their unpaid carer.
The College’s Executive Director, Mallory Dale said the College was delighted to be recognised at the Annual Premier Awards Night on Friday evening amongst a number of other local organisations.
‘We are honoured to be acknowledged for the Inclusive Community Education Program Pilot!
‘Through ICEP we have seen the real benefits of providing accessible learning opportunities’
So far, ICEP students have engaged in a range of supported classes delivered by experienced tutors, including Art & Craft, Cooking, Dance & Movement, Music and Computers.
‘In addition to providing increased self-confidence, meaningful social connections and enhanced life skills, the Program has opened other doors. We are excited to see nine ICEP students participating in other mainstream courses at the College.
‘One student is currently applying for entry to the College’s Certificate III in Aged Care, while another is now studying Certificate III in Disability at TAFE,’ Ms Dale said.
Carers are also enjoying greater choice and diversity of flexible respite options.
‘Our staff and tutors have worked tirelessly to deliver a range of new and refreshing experiences to these students and their families. I would like to publicly thank them for their passion and dedication’ said Ms Dale.
‘We are also extremely grateful to the Wyong Community, including Oasis Youth Centre and Glenvale Special School – North Entrance Campus, North Gosford Learning Centre and Peninsula Community Centre, for their ongoing support of the program and our College,’ she said.
Central Coast Community College has been funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), NSW Department of Family and Community Services, to continue delivering ICEP for the next three years.