Gateways run various group programs for children and young adults with a disability (from Primary school through to adults)
- Volunteers encourage & support the children & adults to actively participate in the recreation programs.
- Some examples of the different activities you might participate in as a Recreation Volunteer include, a trip to a wildlife park, ball games, a visit to the beach, movies, a visiting magician, music, craft days and just hanging out and having fun.
- All activities have one main object in mind – fun and social interaction!
- Plus you get to meet some great new people of all abilities, have new experiences, face some challenges and learn new skills.
- Volunteering with us is good for your resume too, particularly if you are considering working in the disability area.
- Experienced staff support volunteers at all times.
- Volunteers are required to attend orientation and training session prior to commencing.
Gateways offer a number of different recreation programs where volunteers can help out.
Geelong Youth Group is a social group for young people with disabilities aged between 10 and 18 years. This group meets on four Saturdays during each school term.
Geelong Get Up and Go Club is a social recreation club for people aged 18 years or more, who still live at home. Club members enjoy community-based activities on either a Friday night or Saturday.
Colac Youth Group is a social group for young people with disabilities aged 15 years and more.
Prime Movers is a group for older adults with dementia. Every Wednesdays this social group goes on outings in the Geelong region, as well as Melbourne.
The Geelong School Holiday Program and the Colac School Holiday Program are run during school holidays to give children and young people with a disability the opportunity to take part in fun activities and catch up with their friends.. The junior program caters for children aged from six to 10 years, while the senior program caters for young people aged between 11 and 17 years.
Residential Support Services – Gateways has a number of shared accommodation houses that provide a long-term home to people with a disability. Some volunteers regularly visit clients at Gateways houses, establishing friendships and expanding the client’s social circle.