Can:Do Group at Colonnades

13 Aug 2020

We are excited to welcome Can:Do South to Colonnades in late October 2020. The facility, located on the Lower Level of the Centre has convenient access to car parking and public transport and will be the first of it's kind in South Australia.

Construction of this amazing space is underway and includes zones which will deliver occupational and speech therapy, assistive technology, Auslan Training, outdoor movement zones, barista courses and a multitude of other services designed to build skills for independent living. 

“This innovative therapy hub will be an asset to the local southern community and beyond. We look forward to seeing the space come to life and genuinely change the lives of families with these varying needs” said Vicinity Centres Regional Manager – Shopping Centres, Zoltan Heinrich.

    

 

 

Below is the full media release from the Can:Do Group

South Australia’s leading experts in vision, hearing and sensory services, Can:Do Group, which encompasses Can:Do 4Kids, Townsend House and Deaf Can:Do, Royal South Australian Deaf Society have embarked on building a state of-the-art community and therapy hub in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. The project is the first of its kind in South Australia, this 2,000 square metre facility will be located in the Colonnades, Noarlunga shopping precinct.

Can:Do South, as the project has been aptly named, will be a place for people of all ages and abilities to learn, connect and provide them with essential life skills.

“We are meeting people where they are, delivering a revolutionary therapy hub with the latest advances in technologies and accessible building design to meet the needs of the community. Can:Do South will be able to service 2,500 more people who require support annually.” Said Heidi Limareff, Chief Executive of the Can:Do Group.

“Children and young people who have sensory needs such as low vision, hearing loss or autism are reported to be at higher risk of developing depression, anxiety and mental health issues due to lack of inclusion and support. Can:Do South aims to bridge the gap by driving capacity building, independent living skills training and community connection. Giving people with sensory needs the opportunity to learn in a shared space”, adds Heidi.

Can:Do South will comprise of spaces that cater to the wide range of Can:Do Group client needs, such as; speech therapy, occupational therapy, assistive technology and Auslan training, just to name a few. The state-of-the-art digital gaming, Lego therapy, independent living skills and outdoor movement zones will deliver brand new services for the region, and in some instances for the State.

Jasmine, mother of four-year old, Cam who has a degenerative vision condition is one of the many parents welcoming the new development. "Currently it's a three and a half hour round trip to access services in person, this is very taxing for a child who has a visual impairment after a full day of kindy. I worry about his social skills. If there were services nearby, Cam would be able to socialise with his peers more often which would really help with his development and confidence.” Says Jasmine.

Construction within the Colonnades shopping precinct has already begun and the anticipated completion date is late October 2020.

As well as creating an incredible community for Adelaide’s south, this project will have a positive impact on the South Australian economy by creating up to 50 new jobs along with many opportunities for students and graduates.

As two of South Australia’s oldest charitable service providers, Can:Do 4Kids and Deaf Can:Do rely on the generosity of sponsors and supporters and are still in need of help as they embark on the next stage of construction.

Please contact alison.valentine@candogroup.com.au if you are interested to contributing towards this innovative project.