Community Living residents, Colin, David, Donnie and Craig had a wonderful four day summer holiday on the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas in January.
Staying at the Tootgarook holiday house they were supported by Disability Support Workers, Leo and Kulecha from OC Connections (OCC).
Day 1 - Departing for the Tootgarook Holiday House
With Leo driving, the residents left Delia Street around 2.00 pm on the 15th of January. Everyone was very excited. They headed straight to the holiday house to check-in where they unpacked, made their beds and prepared afternoon tea. Tired after the long drive, the group had a takeaway meal and an early night.
Day 2 - Day trip to Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm
The visit to Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm on the Mornington Peninsula was definitely a highlight of the trip. The group were keen to take a visit to the country and experience life on a farm.
After lunch, Colin, Craig, Donnie and Kulecha picked fruit and later they enjoyed sampling what they had harvested with David. Donnie especially liked the sweet, fresh strawberries.
Day 3 - Ferry to Queenscliff and Donnie’s birthday
"The team was so excited and looked forward to the day trip adventure."
Kulecha, Disability Support Worker, Community Living, OCC
The ferry trip to Queenscliff and back was a big day. After purchasing tickets for the 45-minute return trip, participants were supported onboard the Searoad Ferry bound for Queenscliff. It was an exciting and enjoyable moment for the team.
Once onboard, the ferry staff chatted with Colin who enjoyed the engagement. For Donnie, the day was extra special, celebrating his birthday with housemates over birthday cake.
"The participants felt a sense of achievement for the whole day. Well done Colin, David, Donnie and Craig. What a day for the participants!" Kulecha, OCC
Day 4 - Arthurs Seat and home
On the final day of the trip, the group enjoyed a tour of Arthurs Seat before heading home to Delia Street.
"The trip was a fun adventure for everyone. The participants felt a sense of achievement and were able to spend quality time together." Kulecha, OCC
Colin, David, Donnie and Craig have achieved their dream of visiting the Victorian Peninsulas. The trip gave them an opportunity to develop their planning and independence skills and enjoy many new experiences along the way.