Skill Development Programs

Basic Computing

In our basic computing program we introduce our service users to the simple elements of computer use. We teach them how to become familiar with the basic input devices such as a mouse and a keyboard, as well as showing them what the computer can output through the screen and printer. It is important that individuals with disabilities become familiar with computers in the modern world, as they are now essentially the main source of information and learning.

By allowing our service users to achieve understanding and confidence in computer use, we are giving them a fantastic opportunity to develop and enhance their abilities. Learning how to use a computer allows access to a vast world of information, learning and communication with friends, family and other interest groups.

Basic Literacy

Our basic literacy program is where we help our service users to develop basic writing skills, such as learning to write their own names and addresses. We then take these skills one step further by introducing more in-depth and difficult tasks such as letter formation.

Being able to successfully and independently create letters or other written articles allows our service users to be able to express themselves in a creative form as well as giving them the opportunity to communicate with friends and family via mail.

Participants in this program also have the opportunity to create an “About Me” book to show family and friends.

Lay-by and Money Skills

In our lay-by and money skills program, we introduce our service users to the basic necessities associated with individual money management. This program teaches budgeting skills, how to set up a lay-by and the importance of saving money.

By taking part in this program our service users are taking a strong step towards becoming self-sufficient and being able to take control of their own lives.

Newsletter

It is news about our service users, for our service users and it’s made by our service users! Every two months the Murray Valley Centre newsletter is printed and distributed, filled with content provided by the service users of the centre. The newsletter program provides a great opportunity to improve writing skills, and is also a great way to promote and share individual news and success among the staff and customers of the centre.

Woodworking Skills

In our state-funded woodworking program, our service users are free to design and construct wood products of their choosing. Depending on their previous woodwork history or experience, this program gives our service users the chance to become familiar with a woodworking environment or improve current woodworking skills in a safe and well-equipped workshop.

If you want to learn about our Woodwork Supported Employment Program, click here.

Makaton

Participants learn and practice Makaton, a simpler version of sign language based on Auslan, to assist with communication and create another avenue by which to communicate with others. Each month participants take home a record of the signs they are learning so they can practice with others.

Digital Photography

Our digital photography program caters to our service user’s artistic side. Participants take photos of subjects of their choice in different styles, while learning to use digital cameras and electronic equipment responsibly and effectively. Participants create personal portfolios that they can take home with them.

Sustainability

This program covers all aspects of recycling. The group learn about composting, sorting waste and how to improve their carbon footprint. The program has guidance from Wodonga Council and is aimed at anyone that has an interest in helping the environment.

How to use the Internet

Participants in this program attend the Trudewind Road Neighbourhood House. Two to three instructors are provided to ensure all participants receive individualised tutoring. This program is suitable for participants that are genuinely interested in using computers and the Internet.

Personal and Community Safety

This program assists participants with developing personal safety skills in familiar and unfamiliar environment. Areas covered include fire safety, public transport, safety in the community, in the kitchen, and in the garden. Participants visit the fire brigade, police and other emergency services.

Yard Work

This is a program aimed at those who may wish to transition into our supported employment programs. While not guaranteed, participants will learn skills involved in all areas of garden maintenance including mowing, weeding and watering. Participants will be assessed against criteria required for supported employment.

Wodonga Council Volunteers

This group work within the Wodonga Council as volunteers with work including filing, re-stocking office supplies and general office duties. This program offers the opportunity for participants to get to know people within the office space and learn new skills that could help with future employment.