Being involved in sport and recreational activities not only helps your physical health, but it can also facilitate the creation of friendships with people that you may otherwise not have met and the development of leadership and collaboration skills. Participation in exercise can also help your mind by improving your mood and levels of concentration, decreasing your levels of stress and depression, improving your sleep patterns and improving your sense of self worth and confidence.
For people with disabilities living in Perth Hills, there are a wide range of sporting activities to participate in, dependent on your interests and needs
There are also local government initiatives that assist eligible Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation with financial assistance towards club fees –
KidSport – go to http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/individuals/kidsport for more information
City of Swan Access All Areas Pass – for more information contact 9267 9131 or go to http://www.swan.wa.gov.au/Our_City/Grants_and_Funding/Available_Grants/Access_all_Areas
Sport and Recreation Organisations
Organisations who can assist you in connecting with a range of activities and sports include:
Enriches the lives of people who are disconnected from society or are living with a disability by encouraging their involvement in sporting and recreation events and community life.
Phone: (08) 9201 8900
Reclink Australia aim to provide and promote sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage. For information on a range of sporting activities available go to http://www.reclink.org/activities?term_node_tid_depth_1=63&term_node_tid_depth=All
RUAH RECREATION PROGRAM RUAH Recreational Program aims to promote mental health and well-being by supporting people with mental health concerns to participate in recreational activities such as cycling, gym and tai chi. Phone: (08) 9208 0508 Web: http://www.ruah.com.au/services/mental-health/
SPECIAL OLYMPICS WA
Provides a range of sporting competitions – such as softball, tennis and bowling – for people with an intellectual disability.
Phone: (08) 9408 1098
WA DISABLED SPORTS ASSOCIATION (WADSA)
Encourages and empowers people with disabilities to get involved in sports and recreational activities. For information on a range of sporting activities available go to http://www.wadsa.org.au/wd_category/activities/
Phone: (08) 9470 1442
WHEELCHAIR SPORTS WA ASSOCIATION
The association is responsible for the coordination of wheelchair sports such as archery, swimming and rugby in WA.
Phone: (08) 6143 5800
You may be interested in trying a new sport or activity. There are a range of options for different sports and recreation. They include activities like:
BOCCIA WA – BASSENDEAN HUB
Boccia WA offers the opportunity for people to participate in the sport of Boccia, particularly for people with neurological and/or neuromuscular impairment.
Phone: 0404 198 265 (Pam Johnston) or 0417 961 384 (David Potter) Web: www.bocciawa.com.au
CIRQUEST CIRCUS SCHOOL
Disco Cantito hosts inclusive workshops for children with a range of disabilities. Held in East Perth and satellite programs at Brown Park Rec Centre in Swan View
Phone: 0408 626 941 Web: http://www.cirquest.com.au
CRICKET CHAMPS – SWAN ATHLETIC
Cricket Champs is a program aimed at getting children with special needs and disabilities involved in existing community based junior cricket clubs by providing support tailored to their needs.
Phone: 0403 574 938 (Justin Sambell)
EQUAL FOOTINGBALL LEAGUE (FOOTBALL WEST)
Football West runs the Equal Footingball League – a soccer program for those aged 11 to 18 with a disability.
Phone: (08) 9422 6900
NRG Cheersports athletes are taught skills in an encouraging and positive environment and offer inclusion classes for athletes with special needs. Based at Swan Districts Gymnastics in Bellevue. Phone: 0421 286 791
RIDING FOR THE DISABLED WA Riding for the Disabled WA is dedicated to providing therapeutic and recreational equestrian activities to benefit people with disabilities.
Phone: (08) 9296 4655
Sailability programs provide sailing opportunities for people with a disability regardless of their ability, mobility or circumstances. Operate from the Royal Perth Yacht Club.
Phone: (08) 9423 5526 or 0404 145 499 (Ann Hodgkinson)
If you would like some assistance in finding out more information about any of these recreational options or assistance filling in application forms to access these options, please call Midlas on 9250 2123 to book an appointment with a Disability Advocate.
Midlas Mission: We partner with individuals and organisations to promote independence, strength and wellbeing in our community through support, advocacy and education.