Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Regional Development; Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing

    $321,170 grant to Rebound WA to build social connection for people with disability

    31/08/2021 8:00 AM
    • $321,170 Lotterywest grant to Rebound WA for the Reconnect and Get Active program
    • Program to help people with physical disability who could not engage during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to re-establish social connection 

    The McGowan Government, through Lotterywest, has provided $321,170 to Rebound WA for the Reconnect and Get Active program to enhance health outcomes and build social inclusion opportunities for people with disability affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


    The grant was presented by Mirrabooka MLA Meredith Hammat at the Rebound WA 'Reconnect and Get Active' basketball game held at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Mirrabooka last night.


    Rebound WA works with individuals to develop social, recreational, and sporting aspirations, building inclusions and connection with local clubs and associations.


    Rebound has long-standing partnerships with Perth Children's Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital. In many cases, Rebound's first contact with new clients occurs while the person is in hospital receiving treatment or rehabilitation.


    During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and disability service providers were often unable to accommodate Rebound WA's services. For many people connected to Rebound WA, these restrictions had a significant impact on their physical, mental and social well-being.


    The Reconnect and Get Active program will also expand Rebound WA's reach to more metropolitan hospital wards, further establish partnerships with disability service providers and professional associations as well as therapists' and clinicians' offices.


    The project will employ two project officers over an 18-month period to manage the main aspects of the project alongside the development of educational resources and awareness raising strategies.


    Since 1989, the State Government, through Lotterywest, has approved 21 grants to Rebound WA totalling $1,445,920. Lotterywest, which supports community projects to build a better WA, has reprioritised its grants funding to focus on those experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


    Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch:


    "The past year has proven to be an extremely challenging year for people with disability - many people with disability were greatly affected by the lockdowns and avenues through which they socialised and connected to the community were put on hold.


    "The Reconnect and Get Active program aims to reach out and connect with individuals in the community who Rebound WA could not connect with over the past year, and who were severely impacted by the pandemic.


    "A main objective of the project is to develop preventative and early intervention initiatives that will build strength in the community sector to better support people with physical disability coming through hospitals, therapists and clinics."


    Comments attributed to Mirrabooka MLA Meredith Hammat:


    "Rebound WA is an important part of our community, helping people with physical disability lead more active and connected lives.


    "I am very pleased this Lotterywest funding will enable Rebound WA to do more for people with physical disabilities in our community.  It will help them expand their reach and increase the range of supports on offer."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900