Newcastle Inclusion Grant Recipients Named

Nobbys and Newcastle beaches will aim to become more inclusive environments after a number of local businesses and community groups were announced as recipients of the Surf Life Saving NSW Community Inclusion Small Grant Program on Friday.

Minister for Disability, The Hon John Ajaka was joined by Representatives from Surf Life Saving, the business community and disability advocates at a ceremony at North Bondi SLSC this morning.

Funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, the Community Inclusion Project has been a major initiative for Surf Life Saving NSW over the last 18 months.

The key aim of the project is to improve the inclusion of people living with a disability within beach precincts at Newcastle and Nobbys with project trials also taking place at Pambula and Bondi Beach.

House with No Steps was one of several Hunter organisations which successfully applied for a grant, and will use it deliver a variety of educational programs and beach sports for families containing members with a disability.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for House With No Steps to provide opportunities for those living with a disability and their families access to the beach precinct and the surrounding areas. Apart from this we will also aim to increase awareness,” said Hunter Community Engagement Manager Shelley Youman.

“Sometimes I think people with a disability and their families aren’t aware of these types of opportunities and are afraid of water, and with this project we hope to change that.”

Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club will use their grant to further a buddy swim program for people with disabilities who wish to participate in water activities. The club will also install charging points for mobility scooters and chairs, and update the accessibility of their website.

“Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club aims to be an inclusive organisation in all areas and to receive this funding has enabled us to move forward with our vision of having all members of the community involved in a beach experience,” club president Narelle Blick said.

“The feedback from our members has been extraordinary, particularly from the families but significantly, from our volunteers who are taking part in this initiative. The confidence, improvement in the water with their skills and interaction with everyone is just fantastic to see.”

2015/16 SLSNSW Disability Inclusion Grants Recipients – Newcastle:

Ability Links – Beach and Precinct Access Mapping Project
Aspect (Hunter School) – Autism Awareness and Beach Accessibility Project
One Wave Limited – One Wave Surfing Experience Project
Catholic Community Services – Wheelchair Purchase
Centre For Disability Studies – Newcastle and Nobbys – Waves Of Inclusion
Guide Dogs ACT/NSW – Touching The Breeze Project
House With No Steps – Walking On Water Project
Newcastle Now 1 – Nobby’s Lighthouse Project
Newcastle Now 3 – Access All Areas Project
Nobbys SLSC – Buddy Swimming and Charge Stations
The Northcott Society – Beach Communication and Safety Project
Octapod – The Storm; Theatre By The Beach Project
The Deaf Society of NSW – Deaf Friendly Surf Safety Children’s Information

Mon 30 Nov 2015