Gold Coast Recreation & Sport, in collaboration with The Active & Healthy Alliance Gold Coast, have begun our endeavour to seek out local communities, organisations and businesses who want to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities (PWD) through sport, fitness, wellness and recreation.
The Active Inclusion Program is designed to empower Gold Coast organisations within these industries with mentoring and investment, developing sustainable inclusion programs for people with disabilities.
Delivered over an eight-month period, there will be opportunity to build and encourage active inclusion within mainstream and everyday business practices through the support of:
The goal is to leave a legacy within local organisations, while providing practical strategies to support maintenance of inclusive practices. This should ensure the promotion and implementation of the Active Inclusion Program will continue beyond the eight-month period with us.
In addition, we also have an opportunity for seed funding (a small financial investment into developing an idea) for local sports clubs, fitness business or wellness organisations. Up to six clubs/businesses will be selected who demonstrate their passion for inclusion of PWD to receive funding. The successful applicants will be supported on their inclusion journey every step of the way, and be assisted with any issues that may arise. At the end of this period, there will be an event where each organisation will showcase their inclusion programs so that others can learn and grow from them too.
We will be hosting an information session on Thursday 5th October, 2023, at the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre to provide extra information about this program. At this event, any organisations wanting to take part will have the option to fill out an Expression of Interest form so we can get to know your organisation and your plans for Active Inclusion.
Together, we want to make the Gold Coast the most inclusive city in Australia, and with your help, we can make that happen with the Active Inclusion Program!