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Scalabrini Village Allambie Heights (NSW)

Help Street, Chatswood NSW

“Let’s Move to Italy” Program

Residential - Metropolitan - 80 beds/Consumers or more

Award descriptors

  • Diversity
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Social participation and lifestyle

Improving the quality of life of residents of culturally and linguistically diverse background, giving purpose and meaning to their lives through teaching their language and culture and connecting with various members of the community.

About this program

Goal: Improving quality of life  of residents of a CALD group of people, giving purpose and meaning to their lives through teaching their language and culture and connecting with various members of the community.

The program was designed to improve each resident’s:

•         self-esteem and self-worth by teaching Italian to children and members of the community
•         quality of life by giving a purpose in life as valuable part of the community
•         daily life by decreasing depression and isolation
•         social connections and social inclusion

The project aims to connect a CALD group of people living in an aged care home with members of the local community by collaborating in the practice of teaching their language and culture.
The program acts on two different levels:
1.       by offering  the members of the community the possibility of learning another language (Italian) and subsequent  culture at their door step.
2.       by making the residents of a CALD group active and able to find meaning and purpose in their  life by offering meaningful programs which have decreased  behaviors, isolation and depression.

The program is innovative and original in its approach by making aged care services a valued resource in the community, changing the general misconception that ageing and the elderly are a “burden” on society.

The community needs are met by the residents of the aged care facility offering free Italian language classes to children from the local kindergarten as well as “one to one” lessons to members of the local community (covers all age groups).

The project involves the residents of the aged care village in two distinctive ways:
1.       Italian language lessons for kindergarten groups are delivered through interactive games between residents and children (this includes the  involvement of residents living with dementia or who have difficulties in expressing themselves in English)
2.       Italian language lessons conducted by a village resident Mario (not his real name) offering “private lessons” (conversation and grammar) to members of the community, willing to learn Italian.

More about this program

Michael Diaz at michael.diaz@scalabrini.com.au or call 0414526112

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Friday, 21 December 2018 - 6:13am