05 Apr
Building friendships for life with SHP

Building friendships for life with SHP

Team Leader Sara tells us what it’s like to be a part of the School Holiday Program family.

Learning to connect

Socialising has always been a core element of our supports program. For some children, making friends can be difficult and they lack confidence to express themselves.

That’s why our team take their role very seriously. We offer support, encouragement, and also act as role models who exhibit positive interactions. This helps our participants get used to new people and experiences.

Every morning we had a ‘morning circle’ where we went through the schedule and introduced each person. We also sang the ‘Hello Song’ where we took turns to greet each other. I felt that this helped break the ice and create a welcoming and respectful environment.

Confidence grows

It’s lovely to see the children come out of their shells with each passing day. With encouragement they started to try things they wouldn’t usually do.

Many made friendships with the others and look forward to seeing them again at the next SHP.

What families say about us

Our supports make a big impact on not just the children, but their families and carers too. Here’s just some of the great feedback we’ve received:

Lea says, “I felt the match with the CSO was very important, and I think it was the right fit for my child. They really extended her skills, encouraged her to try new activities, and supported her as she ventured out of her comfort zone.”

We also welcomed a number of new faces this year. This is what one of families said about our support:

“It’s a shame we only enrolled into one workshop as we only heard about Workpower quite late. Most of the activities had a good range, and staff were extremely helpful and understanding towards what we and the kids needed.”

Thanks everyone for your feedback – your suggestions help us build a better, more diverse program!

Not long now until the April school holidays! If you’re interested, make sure to contact Bithika Kastha at (08) 9445 6552.