Each week the Burwood Coffee Club, a social group coordinated by FRANS, meets for a day or evening activity on Friday evening or during the weekend. The participants are adults, aged from their mid twenties to their sixties, with varying levels of independence and communication skills. While the participants attend the Burwood Coffee Club their family and carers are able to focus on their own social needs for a day or evening of often much needed respite.
This documentary project of the Burwood Coffee Club was undertaken from November 2012 through to February 2013. The aim was to document the Club’s activities by photographing the participants enjoying the varied program activities, socializing with their friends and interacting with support workers and volunteers. During the project some interviews were recorded with additional comments gathered from the participants to complement the images.
This project shines a light on a group of friends who meet each week to share in a social activity and who understand and support each other. They are primarily friends enjoying themselves. Their disability is secondary.