The residential units are currently occupied
and the community house is functioning as a
shared space for all residents. Residents meet at the Community House once a month for a resident meeting to discuss regular activities, plan upcoming events, organise rosters and share information with each other.
The residents take turns each month preparing the resident meeting agenda, as well as also chairing the meeting. The day to day running of the community, from taking the bins out through to managing the resident fund, are also discussed.
HOPES does not directly employ personal staff, with the belief it is important to separate accommodation and personal support. This enables people to always choose or change their own individual support.
Residents are responsible for organising their own support providers and workers, however HOPES is able to support residents in this process if required.
Residents can also look at working with the same provider if feasible, to reduce costs associated with travel and improve flexibility of service delivery.
Laetare Court residents decide and are involved in planning and organising what activities happen in their community. Regular activities include:
Shared Meals occur each Saturday evening and the residents who participate take turns in hosting the meal.
The Community House Gym is currently being developed with input from eight residents, a physiotherapist and the coordinator.
HOPES A.B.I. Swim Program (HASP) HOPES Inc runs a hydrotherapy group once a week at St Giles hydrotherapy pool. New members are always welcome - click here to download application form.
Gardening and Lawn Mowing - residents take care of all the lawn maintenance, gardens and fruit trees, as well as the community vegetable garden.
Our walking group occurs on a weekly basis.
Cardmaking is run once a month by family member of a resident where beautiful cards are made.
Other events such as BBQ's, celebrations and fundraising for other organisations are also regular occurrences through out the year.
There are certain criteria that people wishing to apply for a home in the HOPES Inc community should meet, including:
Have an acquired brain injury or neurological condition;
Have an interest in community co-operative living, and be willing to have some shared responsibilities; and participate on an ongoing basis in the co-operative;
Following the success of our first community at Laetare Court, HOPES Inc has undertaken extensive research to assess the needs and requirements for a second community development.
We are also seeking expressions of interest from potential residents, as well as prospectus investors, areas of suitable land or those with ideas.