March 29, 2018

Gateways Support Services in Western Melbourne (formerly Interchange Western) recently included a unique adventure activity as part of its recreational small group program for people with intellectual disabilities.

This was a big hit with the young adults who took part, enjoyed getting out of town, exploring the countryside and traversing muddy tracks before stopping for a BBQ in the bush.  The activity was made possible through the ongoing support of the City West 4WD Club whose members generously donated their time and vehicles as well as put on the BBQ lunch.

The 4WD Adventure is part of a growing range of soft adventure activities included in Gateways small group recreational programs for people with a disability, which include weekday and weekend activities, short breaks and camps.  These programs are available for all age groups from kids and young people to adults.

Mandy Pitt, Coordinator Camps and Development at Gateways said that while having fun is a key objective of activities, each program has been carefully designed with the individual needs and goals of each participant in mind.

“Having a disability can be socially isolating and make it more difficult to get out and about in the community.  Small group programs provide an opportunity for people with a disability to build social skills, develop friendships and build confidence.

Our groups are never filled based solely on order of inquiry and registrations.  We think carefully about the make-up of each group, ensuring that wherever possible participants are matched with people with like interests and needs.”

Gateways has a 20 year history as a community organisation providing disability support services and assists over 2000 people annually.  Gateways offices are in Braybrook, Werribee, Geelong and Warrnambool.

To find out more about Gateways Recreation programs in Western Melbourne call 03 9396 1111 or explore programs on our website.