Schools from across Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs came together to celebrate Social Inclusion Week 2016. Paddington Public School partnered with Ability Links to coordinate the day with the aim to promote the benefits of Lego Clubs in schools. Lego Clubs provide an opportunity for students experiencing social isolation, or who find it difficult to communicate with other students, to be included in play and social activities with other children. A Lego Club can help children improve their verbal and non-verbal communication, sharing and turn-taking, as well as their collaborative problem-solving skills. This video outlines the aims of a Lego Club, how it works and its benefits.
Wassim first approached Ability Links because he wanted to find a work experience placement as a way to gaining employment.
He was open to ideas about volunteering and through conversations and research, Wassim decided that helping out in a nursing home would suit him because he “likes older people”.
Wassim wanted to combine volunteering in a retirement village with working in a kitchen/hospitality role. For this, he needed to find a large retirement village.
Even though there were several setbacks, Wassim’s confidence and commitment increased during his meetings with his Linker, who helped him secure a meeting with a large retirement village.
Wassim wanted to prepare for the meeting by improving his job interview skills. He and his Linker did mock interviews together, after developing professional presentation skills and researching the organisation to demonstrate his interest in the role and to ensure it was the right fit for him.
Wassim impressed the staff on the day of the interview and was offered a position to volunteer with them. As you can tell from his expression, he is pretty happy about his placement and he hopes it will lead to permanent employment.