Seed to Feed Transition to Employment

Organisation

La Trobe Lifeskills Recreation and Employment Inc

Project

Seed to Feed Transition to Employment

Location/Municipality

Bundoora - Darebin Region

Grant

Pathways to Employment 11 - 12

La Trobe Lifeskills commenced at La Trobe University in 1998. Since then they have grown from a very small organisation providing programs for approximately 5 people with disabilities per day, to a point where they now have between 65-70 people attending daily.

The Seed to Feed Transition to Employment Program is conducted over 21 weeks with 8 participants aged 18-25 with an intellectual disability attending two days per week. Participants complete a Certificate I in Vocational Preparation. The practical component of the program takes place in the Lifeskills established fruit and vegetable garden. The permaculture garden provides fresh produce for use in the Lifeskills Cafe with surplus produce shared with the wider community on the La Trobe university campus.

Participants develop skills relevant to the ongoing maintenance and harvesting of permaculture garden produce. They also learn skills that directly support a range of specific skills and learning including:

  • literacy and numeracy
  • sustainable environment
  • hospitality
  • running your own business
  • healthy exercise and lifestyle
  • basic handyman and woodwork skills

Thank you to Cr Gaetano Grecco for contributing to this project.

Visit the La Trobe Lifeskills website to learn more about this community organisation.

Photo of this project courtesy of Mark Farrelly Photography.