On the 18th September 2018, a new, innovative not-for-profit group opened in The Deck Room at the Maleny Community Centre. Studio23 Maleny provides courses for people in the hinterland area with diverse abilities.
Studio23 is currently open on Tuesdays from 8.30am to 3.30pm. The morning session is a music class led by Craig Cole, a music, art and photography teacher and experienced disability support worker. In the afternoon the group focus on social enterprise planning and personal preference activities. Studio23 members love interacting with each other and the community. Tuesday sessions are nearly full (groups are kept small with a 1:3 ratio of support worker to members) and a Thursday art class is due to open very soon.
Plans for 2019 include a day for Social Enterprise (Mondays) which will involve members working together to make a variety of products. They will then work on researching, merchandising, advertising and selling these products on a regular market day.
Weekly courses in cooking and photography are in the works, as well as social events. A Saturday music class for prep and school-aged children is also planned.
The first Studio23 Community Consultation Day will be held on 11th December from 9am to 12.30pm. This will involve members introducing themselves and talking about Studio23. Then at 9.30am there will be a presentation by Parent 2 Parent called: ‘Staying Safe’ – Freedom from Abuse and Neglect Project’. Developed by the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID) the presentation will include videos on self-advocacy, featuring people with a disability. The aim of the project is to promote the right for everyone to feel safe, make choices and be treated with respect and dignity.
The event is free. Bookings can be made via Eventbrite on the Studio23 Maleny Facebook page: www.facebook.com/malenystudio23
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Studio23 website: