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In this issue, we would like to introduce you to the newest program at Inclusion WA: ActiveSmart.
ActiveSmart aims to up skill individuals who support people experiencing mental illness, in order to increase their participation in physical activity. This helps to address individual barriers and establish connections within their community.
Each month, one of our staff will tell one of the amazing stories about the people we are lucky enough to work with.
Youth Connect is one of our newest programs, and is for teenagers (12 to 17 years old) living with a disability who would like to be more involved in their community or who are currently disconnected from school and/or community life.
Jessica Kain, the Youth Connect Program Coordinator, shares a story about Jamie:
Jamie has a large supportive family who do nearly everything together. When Jamie started Youth Connect, he and his family agreed that they would like him to find an activity to participate in without his brothers and cousins in order to meet new people.
After researching tennis clubs and lessons in his area, Jamie I started playing tennis in October 2011 and he still loves going, he even asked for a new tennis racquet for Christmas!
Jamie has proven that his Cerebral Palsy is not a barrier to joining a mainstream tennis club and has also achieved his original goal of making new friends.
His family have said that playing the new sport has improved his confidence and that he has since developed ‘more of a social life than the rest of us’. Jamie will be continuing with his tennis but has also built up the confidence to start other activites by himself to further improve his fitness.
You can read more about Youth Connect here