The Ranfurly Activity Centre is a facility for people with intellectual disabilities from the wider community and Ranfurly residents. The Centre provides both educational and leisure activities with a special focus on ‘Community Participation’. The timetable structure is designed to allow students to choose their own group according to their interest.
Our highly trained staff come from a variety of backgrounds - human services, teaching and the arts, but they all have one thing in common - a passion for helping people develop through education and creativity.
The Centre provides a stimulating blend of educational, creative and physical classes during the day. The established programme comprises of a comprehensive choice of over thirty different group activities which are all developed to suit individual capabilities and personal requirements.
A typical day includes activities such as communication, computer skills, arts and crafts, music, education, drama, cooking, pottery, woodwork, and gardening. Some people (referred to as students) receive individual tuition but all participate in small group activities.
Each person has an appointed staff member as ‘Coach’ for a full year who has overall responsibility to ensure each individual has an annual goal(s) that it is achieved and becomes part of their Lifestyle Plan.
We believe in a holistic approach of maintaining physical as well as intellectual well-being, so an exercise programme is included in our daily schedule with morning walks, swimming, dancing, indoor bowls and ten pin bowling. A professionally equipped gymnasium and a weekly visit from a personal trainer is available to the Activity Centre students.