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Breaking down barriers as a Lifestyle Coordinator

 

Also known as a Diversional Therapist or Activities Coordinator, A Lifestyle Coordinators primary role is to enhance the quality of life for those who have physical barriers to participation.

 

So, what does a Lifestyle Coordinator do?

As a Lifestyle Coordinator, your role is to make valuable contributions to the social and emotional well being of people who are experiencing physical barriers to participation. You might also organise activities and celebrations for a wider community as well as providing tailored support for individuals.

 

How does this job make a difference to people’s lives?

People who are ageing or with disabilities often miss out on social and recreational opportunities which can be damaging to both their self esteem and general well being. By designing and implementing meaningful leisure and health programs you’ll  be able to have a direct and positive impact on an individuals  self esteem and self worth.

 

This could be done through activities including:

  • Recreational and social activities  that provide people with the opportunity to improve their social skills through social interaction, as well as  develop friendships.
  • Sports and leisure activities to enhance an individuals communication and gross motor skills.  And the overall health and well being of people with a disability.
  • Art and craft activities to bring people together, keep their minds stimulated and reduce depression in the elderly.

 

What personality traits would a great Lifestyle Coordinator have?

  • You’re action oriented. You’re a multitasker and like the challenge of working on several projects at the same time.
  • You’re Innovative. You’ll be able to think ‘outside of the square’ to translate broad lifestyle goals into achievable steps.
  • You’re a passionate ‘people’ person’. You interact well with all personality types and you’re a wonderful listener.
  • You’re an explorer. Whether you’re researching uplifting activities for people confined to bed, or learning about the clinical benefits of laughter- you’re always seeking out opportunities to improve the lives of those around you.

What career options does a Lifestyle Coordinator have?

As a Lifestyle Coordinator, you may find work in an aged care facility, disability support service, youth and community centre or another community organisation. You may also work with social services for people with specific disabilities, in private practice or even as a consultant. With Australia’s ageing population, the demand for Lifestyle Coordinators is expected to grow significantly over the coming years.

Qualifications

Most organisations will require you to hold a formal qualification in Leisure and Health or Diversional Therapy.

It’s also likely that you’ll need to have a valid ‘working with children‘ check and national police certificate as well.

Available courses

Customised Training are now offering nationally recognised qualifications in Leisure and Health.

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