2018 Christmas Appeal

We are building homes for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome and need your help this Christmas.

At Multicap we believe every person deserves to live life to the absolute fullest.

We are dedicated to making this happen through the services we offer to all our customers and with Christmas just around the corner, there is no better time to re-emphasise this message.

Multicap has identified a current issue for our customers with Prader-Willi Syndrome. They do not have appropriate places to live.

Prader-Willi Syndrome is a very rare genetic condition affecting up to 800 people in Australia.

Prader-Willi Syndrome is a complex and all-encompassing condition, characterised by short stature, intellectual disability, behavioural problems and obesity resulting from an insatiable appetite. Life expectancy is around 30 years old.

Multicap has supported six customers with Prader-Willi Syndrome but recognises that the organisation cannot effectively assist with long-term Supported Independent Living support for these people, because of a lack of suitable housing.

Because of the complexity of the condition, research shows people with Prader-Willi Syndrome respond best when living with others with the same syndrome and by providing specialist accommodation services, the best outcomes are achieved.

We are designing leading-edge homes for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

To ensure that any home we provide offers an innovative and sustainable environment in which people can thrive, Multicap commissioned the Queensland University of Technology to conduct national and international research into best-practice housing for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The first of its kind, the report is the most comprehensive study of housing design considerations for people with this condition.

Using this evidence-based research, Multicap has designed houses that will provide leading-edge thinking and inspirational outcomes by empowering rather than restricting the individual, and that focuses on improving quality of life. Ultimately these homes will aim to enhance health and wellbeing through activity and education, promote independence and improve social interaction.

Multicap has committed to sharing its research to inform the design of other specialist accommodation for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome in the future, and will conduct further evaluative research on the design to make sure we are always evolving to meet the needs of our customers and provide the best solution possible.

As we look to the future, our promise at Multicap is to continue to reflect the needs of the community through the services we offer.

So please show your support this Christmas so that people of all ability levels can have a home they can call their own and help make this particular aspirational goal a reality in the near future.

We cannot do what we do without your support, thank you.