Carrington has proudly supported Mater Dei students with workplace learning opportunities since 2013. Mater Dei is a coeducational school for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 who have been assessed with mild to moderate cognitive delay as their primary disability.
This community partnership provides students with valuable opportunities to develop practical experience and social skills in the context of real work environments to prepare senior students for post school life.
This program allows Carrington to develop close links to the community, introduce high school students into the aged care environment and be involved in the education and training of young people with disabilities.
This initiative is one of many school based work experience programs that Carrington supports.
Through Our Eyes Reminiscence Program
Since 2011, Carrington has partnered with Magdalene Catholic High School to deliver the “Through Our Eyes Reminiscence Program”.
Every year, students from Year 11 are matched with Carrington residents and they meet together weekly for 3 months.
The residents share their lives and the students collate their story together with photos and other memorabilia. At the end of the program, the residents and their families are invited to a presentation afternoon, where the students recount each resident’s life and present the resident with a book and an audio-visual account of the presentation.
The sharing of lives results in some very special inter-generational relationships, along with students who are keen to continue to work in the aged care sector.
TAFE Exercise Program
Carrington residents enjoy personal and group training sessions with work experience students from South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE Macquarie Fields Health and Fitness section.
Carrington and TAFE have had an ongoing successful partnership since 2010 and this national award winning program is both innovative and unique to Carrington. The teachers and students work collaboratively with the Carrington Diversional Therapy and Physiotherapy Teams to tailor one-on-one and group exercise programs for interested residents living in residential aged care.
This initiative is one of many offered in Carrington’s diverse leisure and lifestyle program to support our residents emotional and physical wellbeing.
Duke of Edinburgh
Carrington supports the Duke of Edinburgh Award program by offering schools the ability to connect with community service volunteering.
Students have the opportunity to complete their Bronze, Silver and Gold achievement awards through a commitment of their time.
The students engage with residents in a one-on-one visit tailored to the resident’s interests and abilities. Each student keeps a diary of their visits detailing their activities which is submitted to the Duke of Edinburgh program to complete each award level.
The program has proven to be very successful with our residents who look forward to their involvement with the students each week.