Jewish Care Victoria has just released the video A Meaningful Break, in anticipation of the opening of its new Coppel & Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre in December this year.

The video includes an interview with the Feiglin family who currently use Jewish Care's Disability Respite Service. Zalman has been coming for respite since he was 6, and he talks about how it has helped him to become more independent. His parents Michelle and Yitzchak explain the importance of respite and how it gives the rest of the family a break from full time care.

The centre will provide a place where families like the Feiglins can access respite, carer support and community outreach services for children and adults.

Key features will include purpose-built playgrounds with a Liberty swing, sensory rooms and gardens for children and teenagers to foster learning and development; the community hub- which will run carer support, outreach and training programs; and social and recreational activities organised onsite and within the community.



The new Coppel & Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre has been partly funded through Jewish Care Victoria’s first digital crowdfunding campaign, ‘Cents for Senses’ which succeeded in raising the target amount of $21,530 within 30 days. 

The campaign had an overwhelmingly positive response, where almost 100 supporters donated to the campaign, and hundreds of people shared it across Facebook and other social media channels. As a result, Jewish Care achieved its goal of connecting with and building awareness amongst a broader audience.

Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby said that “Jewish Care is thrilled with the result of its pilot crowdfunding campaign. We are grateful for the community’s engagement and contribution to such an important cause, where our clients will now be able to receive the most up-to-date multi-sensory equipment.”

A sensory room is designed to develop senses through specific lighting, music and tactile objects. Sensory equipment assists in developing important life skills including vocalisation, gross motor skills and colour recognition, and can be used as a therapy for adults and children with limited communication abilities.

The $8.5 million Centre is currently under construction and is due to open in December 2015.


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