The workshop functions Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm.
The day’s schedule is as follows:
- Job work
- Fruit Break
- Job work continues + individual training
- Physical exercises
- Lunch Break
- Training &Stimulation activities/making of products/job work
Receiving and successfully completing job work contracts is the core task of the Workshop. It comprises getting the raw material from the supplier and returning the finished product at a pre-determined price. Making and selling of products at exhibitions and sales is the ancillary activity. The 30 members, who come every day from 9.30 am to 4.00p.m, well groomed and clean, perceive themselves as office going individuals. They are trained to complete industrial job work efficiently and effectively.
Job work contracts undertaken by the Anchorage are:
- Assembling switches for Cona industries
- Assembling sockets for Nansari Electricals
- Packing of Elle magazine from Ogaan Publications.
- Folding and packing of Mayur hankies for Arihant textiles
- Folding and packing of Hankies for Mukul Traders.
- Folding paper for Mahavir Industries
- Stacking of cloth for Shakti Industries
- Packing of hotel housekeeping products like Dental kits, Medical kits, shaving kits, showercaps etc for Kushmi cosmetics
- Putting strings in labels from Jay Traders.
- Putting strings in paper bags of Jain Diagnostic centre from New Blue Line Offset.
- Making paper bags for a shop run by Mrs Chandrika Desai which sells dry snacks
Assembling switches for Cona industries
Assembling sockets for Nansari Electricals
Packing of Elle magazine from Ogaan Publications.
Folding and packing of Mayur hankies for Arihant textiles
Folding and packing of Hankies for Mukul Traders.
Folding paper for Mahavir Industries
Stacking of cloth for Shakti Industries
Packing of hotel housekeeping products like Dental kits, Medical kits, shaving kits, showercaps etc for Kushmi cosmetics
Putting strings in labels from Jay Traders.
Putting strings in paper bags of Jain Diagnostic centre from New Blue Line Offset.
Making paper bags for a shop run by Mrs Chandrika Desai which sells dry snacks
Stringent quality control standards are adhered to and we now have a list of very satisfied clients ensuring a regular monthly salary for all.
Vibrant and caring with music & breeze flowing through the premise. Above everything there is a strong adult-staff relationship which makes all the difference. The workshop is clean, hygienic and well maintained. Posters, wall hangings and paintings done by members adorn the walls making the space colorful, attractive and inviting.
Training & Stimulation
Apart from job work contracts as a core activity, what makes The Anchorage distinctive is the integration of an ongoing training and stimulation programme into the schedule. In a lifelong facility like ours, it provides an opportunity for building functional skills and dealing with issues of daily living, grooming and hygiene.
The choice of programme is based on need and availability of a facilitator. In this respect, we have been very fortunate with our range of volunteers.
Our programme currently covers:
- Life Skills Education: This consists of a weekly session as well as ongoing supervision and training by staff in charge of the particular member. It includes personal hygiene, grooming and social skills.
- Math: A basic arithmetic programme has been developed to teach members the value of numbers, simple addition, subtraction and money sense.
- Yoga: One afternoon a week is devoted to yoga. The aim is to increase their concentration and to make them do physical movement so that their bodies remain flexible.
- Physical exercise: Daily 20 minutes before Lunch is devoted to physical exercise.
- Arts and Craft
- Admission: All differently-abled adults (Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X, Autism,Cerebral Palsy, Brain Damage and Birth Trauma) over 18 years are eligible for admission. The only pre-conditions for admission are that he/she is toilet-trained and that a parent or sibling is willing to volunteer at least half a day a week at the centre.
- Confirmation: All new admissions have a trial period of eight weeks, which includes orientation and training. In rare cases, if the new member cannot adjust to the centre’s activities, after every effort has been made, he or she may be asked to discontinue. However, once confirmed, it is lifelong membership. Home-support services are also provided in the form of sending job work home in case members are unable to attend for health reasons
- Fees: An annual fee is charged to cover part of the administrative costs. This is revised once every two or three years. A subsidy is offered, so that no admission is denied because of an inability to pay the full amount. Deficits are covered through donations and interest from a corpus fund built up over the years.
- Exit Policy: This is extremely rare and is always done in consultation with the parents, for members that have become very irregular with attendance, or if an extreme behavioral problem has developed. A prior option would be to offer part-time membership, flexible timings and counseling support for the whole family.
- Remuneration: Money earned through job work and sale of products at exhibitions is distributed equally among members as cash in special pouches. Part time members are paid half the amount, and salary is deducted on a pro-rata basis when a member is absent for more than two days in a month. This is explained to the members and used as a motivational tool.
- Holidays: The Anchorage is closed for one month in May, two weeks around Diwali, and one week around Christmas. In addition, there are ten bank holidays per year.