On International Day of People with Disability, Afford’s Melbourne team organised a free event for locals to learn more about disability supports in and around Victoria.

Around 200 Afford clients, staff and members of the public gathered at Burden Park in Springvale South in Victoria. After months of community restrictions, the event was a great way to connect with others and find out about moving towards COVID-safe community outings for people with disability in the region.

“Victorians have experienced very strict lockdowns over the past few months. We are supporting our community centre participants and supported accommodation residents to ease back into the ‘new normal’ by organising COVID-safe social gatherings,” said Kellie Carruthers, Customer Care Manager, Melbourne.

“Day trips and outdoor experiences are all learning opportunities where individuals can get involved in the things they love with support and encouragement.”

The Afford Sensory Tent was available with putty, comfortable seating and sensory activities to enjoy. The tent provides individuals with the chance to take a break if they need it and engage in activities for calm and soothing.

Everyone walked away with an Afford goodie bag filled with valuable information and fun products.

Parents and carers had the chance to talk and ask questions about the NDIS and the various supports available to locals.

With restrictions easing across Melbourne and the country, getting out and about in the community can begin again. Community access plays an important role in supporting individuals to develop social skills, learn about managing a variety of social situations and enjoying a variety of life experiences.

Find out more about Afford Community Centres and services across Melbourne to enjoy community access and friendship.

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