Starkick caters for children who are unable to participate in mainstream sporting teams. An Australian first, Starkick All Abilities Football provides the pathway for special needs footballers to play AFL in their community. Parents and care givers can enjoy being part of a fully inclusive and accepting club. With modified training and equipment children with autism, cerebral palsy and vision impairment can play. The program provides leadership lessons to older players who act as mentors for Starkick participants, benefitting both sets of participants.
The ‘Positive Pathways to Safety for Women and Children’ program was established in 2013. The program provides holistic support services to women and families who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, family and domestic violence, mental health and homelessness. Positive Pathways is based on prevention, intervention, recovery and preparation with sustainable, long-term outcomes. The service recognises the need for an individualised and flexible approach for this target group.
TADWA provides specialised services to people with disabilities, older people and their carers by recognising and supporting their desire for independence. They achieve this by providing them with customised solutions that allow them to live happily and safely in their own home and community. During the financial year 2014-2015 TADWA provided 6,982 services to clients in WA.
TADWA’s service delivery model sees Occupational Therapists working alongside TADWA’s skilled technicians to assess, prescribe, design and produce a solution that suits clients’ individual requirements.
Mingle Mob is a street patrol outreach program in Port Hedland, which aims to reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour among young people. The Mingle Mob works with the police, the Department of Child Protection and Family Services and the wider community to share vital information, made possible by the rapport its staff has built with clients. The Mingle Mob program is dependent on engaging youth in case management and ensuring that youth workers are equipped with the tools to help young people.
DADDA’s Access All Arts program is an audio description service for blind and vision-impaired people. Access All Arts is the first to bring an extended program of audio description to live festivals and events in Perth. DADAA’s visual arts program has collectively held 24 exhibitions showing more than 1000 works from 400 aspirational artists in the 2014/15 financial year including children and Indigenous people.
This program is based on the principles of reconciliation. Visitors share Aboriginal culture, ways of working and stories, as well as the technical aspects of Aboriginal land management. This enables the non-Aboriginal visitors to understand and learn about Aboriginal culture and ways of working. Issues are discussed openly and visitors leave with a better understanding of the circumstance of contemporary Aboriginal people and the issues they face including ill health and lack of opportunity.
The Act to Connect workshops were developed in 2011 in response to the issue of loneliness and social isolation. The Steering group of City of Rockingham, Bethanie Inc. and CommunityWest collaborated to co-design the professional development workshop content. Workshops included; ‘Act to Connect Facilitating Community Connections’ targeting the support of general members of the community experiencing loneliness and social isolation; ‘Act to Connect People with Disability’ and ‘Act to Connect People for Mental Health’ focusing on supporting people from these specific cohorts. From these workshops the electronic resource ‘Act To Connect: The Guide to Connecting Your Community’, providing templates, marketing strategies, measurement tools and training was developed.
Project Stepping Stones (PSS) is a joint venture between Centacare Employment and Training,Police and Community Youth Centres and the Western Australian Department of Education. Project Stepping Stones is an intervention and engagement program that aims to keep ‘high at risk’ young people, aged between 15 and 18 who have disengaged from mainstream schooling off the streets, out of trouble and ultimately out of detention and the juvenile system. The focus is both educational and welfare-based and provides a holistic, inclusive and supportive learning community for young people