$493,046 in grants towards community inclusion
Initiatives offer more accessible community activities and programs
Sporting, employment, and community organisations are among 14 recipients of the Liberal National Government's third round of Community Inclusion and Participation Grants, announced today by Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher.
Mrs Faragher said the grants, totalling $493,046, were a fantastic way to support organisations to deliver more accessible services within their communities.
"This funding supports grassroots organisations, such as local social clubs, activity groups and sporting organisations, to continue to achieve the goal of building more inclusive communities," she said.
Funding will support a range of programs and activities, including social activities in Kwinana arranged by Perth-based social network Befriend, sailing adventures for young people with disability on the STS Leeuwin II, bike riding in Butler and Canning Vale and the development of an interactive robot at Curtin University.
The Minister said inclusive community activities needed to be well planned and accessible.
"Many community groups and local organisations would like their services and facilities to be more welcoming for everyone, but lack the funds to make changes," she said.
"This grants program is one way the Liberal National Government can assist them to deliver services that create better opportunities for inclusivity and accessibility for everyone."
Minister's office - 6552 5300
Community Inclusion and Participation Grants, December 2016
Befriend, Kwinana $49,960
This Perth-based inclusive social network supports people with disability through social gatherings in the Kwinana community, hosted by local volunteer Event Hosts. Event Hosts are trained and mentored in the Befriend framework for planning and hosting accessible, inclusive social gatherings.
Associated & Catholic Colleges of WA, State-wide $29,710
The Associated & Catholic Colleges of WA No Limits program will improve the inclusion and participation of students with disability in the Associated and Catholic Colleges sports program.
Football West, Mount Lawley, Nedlands and Bibra Lake $20,000
The Summer All-Abilities Competition will leverage Football West's existing inclusive programs (including the WA Paralympic Program and Special Olympics Pathway) to ensure accessibility, engagement and continuity of year-round activities for people with disability.
Fishability, State-wide, $21,500
Fishability has joined forces with Recfishwest, the peak body for recreational fishing in WA, to deliver the Gone Fishing Day - a national fishing event to be held in October 2017. The free community day encourages community participation by all, regardless of ability, age, gender, race, socioeconomic status and skill level.
Netball WA, Perth metropolitan area, $50,000
After its success in 2016, Netball WA's No Limits program will create, support and sustain individual programs at a club level. People with disability and those supporting them will be provided with training and support to participate as coaches, umpires and officials in Netball WA clubs.
Leeuwin Ocean Adventures Foundation, State-wide, $10,000
The Leeuwin Ultimate Challenge is a five-day sailing adventure on the STS Leeuwin II. The challenge is specifically for people with disability aged 14 to 25 years old who are unable to participate in regular Leeuwin voyages. Participants will be involved in the daily operations on the ship - including setting sails, steering the ship, climbing masts, cleaning the deck and standing watch.
Princess Royal Sailing Club, Albany, $20,200
The Princess Royal Sailing Club will expand its Saturday sailing program to involve school-age children with disability. Building on the success of its Sailability program, the club is collaborating with Fishability in Albany to buy and operate a fishing vessel for joint use.
Women's Health and Family Services, State-wide, $50,000
The Women's Health and Family Services' Doors to Safety project will provide training for people who work in the family and domestic violence sector to develop skills that support access and inclusion for women with disability. Women with disability will contribute to changes in planning, strategies and delivery of service development.
Curtin University, State-wide, $39,700
The Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA), based at Curtin University, will develop a program for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders that provides access to assistive technologies through an interactive robot. The program also offers participants the opportunity to engage with volunteer mentors to learn computer coding.
Youth Disability Advisory Network, regional, $43,700
The Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) will link young people with disability in regional WA with YDAN and their services. The network will hold workshops to build knowledge of the experiences of young people with disability, developing capacity to work with and be inclusive of young people with disability. YDAN will also provide feedback to services and organisations on how well they meet the needs of young people with disability.
Empowering People in Communities, Pilbara region, $50,000
Employ ABILITY is a pilot program to increase awareness of the contribution people with disability can make to the workforce and provide practical support to the local business community. The program will engage jobseekers with disability and local businesses, improving disability employment outcomes.
Wize Therapy, Butler and Canning Vale, $47,446
Wize Therapy will support families and children with disability to access recreational bike riding in the Butler and Canning Vale communities. The organisation will use local resources, public space and community supports to assist local families. The program also aims to strengthen partnerships between local businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
City of Armadale, Armadale, $47,630
The City of Armadale will partner with Inclusion WA to build the capacity of community groups and clubs to include people with disability and mental health illness in existing programs. The project is based on a need within the City for sport and recreation programs that are inclusive of people of all abilities.
Men's Shed Association, State-wide, $13,200
The WA Men's Shed Association inclusion program will develop strategies to increase the participation of men with disability in Men's Sheds. These will include an awareness-raising program for existing shed members as well as the development of guidelines and a manual to help groups accommodate men with disability.