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Message from Paul Fleay, CEO…

The year has flown by and it is at this point that we celebrate the anniversary of two fantastic programs that have both produced incredible outcomes in just twelve months – the Karratha Inclusive School Holiday Program and the Youth Connect Program.

Both started in July 2011 and both have grown to a level which we are really proud of. In both instances, we are successfully connecting individuals with the wider community and bringing about positive changes in these individual’s lives.

However, our main aim and purpose for existing as an organisation is to change the culture – change communities and individual’s mindsets – so that eventually we won’t need to connect individuals with the wider community, as the community will naturally connect to them without any encouragement from organisations such as ours.

Youth Connect has the potential to have these fantastic long term impacts – by focusing on young people who are disadvantaged, living with a disability or otherwise disconnected and engaging them with other teenagers we hope to contribute toward a generational shift in attitudes and expectations towards those living with a disability.

The Karratha Inclusive Holiday Program proves that there is a need for inclusive activities in regional areas. There have been some great outcomes there and lots of positives stories emerging from the community, however, we need to ensure we keep trying and keep building on what we have started to bring about a whole new level of change.

If we can get to a level where everyone is accepting of differences and fully embraces diversity, we will happily close the doors, put our feet up and have a cocktail – our work here will be done.

Karratha Inclusive Program - One Year On

Rugby skills on show

The Karratha Inclusive School Holiday program has now been connecting the community for one year - we look at the successes of the July program and the wider effects on the community.

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Quiz Night a Great Success!

Quiz Night

Thank you to everyone who came and supported our Christmas in July Quiz Night - it was a fun and fabulous night thanks to you!

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A Sporting Chance

Research into what clubs and organisations need in order to be more inclusive will be undertaken.

With funding from the Disability Services Commission, Inclusion WA and Curtin University have launched a research project focusing on the challenges and barriers organisations face in supporting people with disabilities to be more included.

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Youth Connect Turns One

Also celebrating one year since its inception is Inclusion WA’s Youth Connect program. In one year we have seen some incredible outcomes and are really excited about the possibilities of this program.

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Member Story

Member Story

Tim Cronin, from the Community Inclusion team, shares a great story about one of his members, Shannon.

On Friday the 6th of July Shannon and I participated the 5km ‘Run with Rob’ to celebrate Rob de Castella as the official Ambassador for the 2012 Chevron City To Surf.

This was a great event that gave people of all abilities, ages and fitness levels a chance to have a practice at the City to Surf and rub shoulders with one of Australia’s greatest athletes.

Shannon did great and ran the 5km in just under 30 minutes -  an impressive time!

Shannon has recently been linked into a football team so this has given him a great opportunity to increase his fitness and stamina.

Shannon is one of my members and we also play basketball, go to the gym and do athletics, all of which are getting him footy ready.

Shannon ran the city to surf last year so this year he might run it again and we'll be cheering him on!


2012 Partners of Inclusion WA

Beilby Consulting Telethon - 7 Perth

Supporters of Inclusion WA

Department of Sport and Recreation Lotterywest Support Disability Services Commission
Ausrapid Act-Belong-Commit (Mentally Healthy W.A.)