Access and Inclusion Advisory Group

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The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is committed to improving the physical access to our services and facilities, as well as incorporating inclusion at a participatory and service level.

To support and guide us in this area, we have developed an Access and Inclusion Advisory Group made up of Councillors, businesses representatives and community members passionate about delivering better outcomes in the space.

We have also recently launched our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2023 - 2028.

The Access and Inclusion Advisory Group has been operating since 2018 and aims to support the development, implementation, review and evaluation of this strategic plan.

The group also supports the Shire to form positive community partnerships and achieve the objectives of our Strategic Community Plan.

On this project page, you will find information and resources on the following:

  • Advisory Group members
  • Advisory Group agendas, minutes and meeting dates
  • Shire plans and strategies relating to access and inclusion
  • News stories on how we’re supporting and promoting access and inclusion

Be involved

We welcome your feedback, ideas and questions about access and inclusion in the Shire.

If you have a question, submit it via the “Ask a question” tab below.

We also welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have – you can submit them using the “Suggest an idea” tab below.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is committed to improving the physical access to our services and facilities, as well as incorporating inclusion at a participatory and service level.

To support and guide us in this area, we have developed an Access and Inclusion Advisory Group made up of Councillors, businesses representatives and community members passionate about delivering better outcomes in the space.

We have also recently launched our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2023 - 2028.

The Access and Inclusion Advisory Group has been operating since 2018 and aims to support the development, implementation, review and evaluation of this strategic plan.

The group also supports the Shire to form positive community partnerships and achieve the objectives of our Strategic Community Plan.

On this project page, you will find information and resources on the following:

  • Advisory Group members
  • Advisory Group agendas, minutes and meeting dates
  • Shire plans and strategies relating to access and inclusion
  • News stories on how we’re supporting and promoting access and inclusion

Be involved

We welcome your feedback, ideas and questions about access and inclusion in the Shire.

If you have a question, submit it via the “Ask a question” tab below.

We also welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have – you can submit them using the “Suggest an idea” tab below.

  • Serpentine Dam - New Playground

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    Visitors to the popular Serpentine Dam can now enjoy a brand-new, nature-themed playground and upgraded facilities!

    Thanks to a $2.5 million upgrade by Water Corporation, this popular recreation area just got even better. The playground, inspired by the surrounding environment, is the centrepiece of the project.

    The upgrade also includes new picnic tables, accessible toilet facilities, and additional parking near the popular local café, Bistro By the Dam. Perfect for family picnics and outdoor adventures!

    Plan your visit today https://tinyurl.com/yc77p476
  • Visual Supports in Early Childhood

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    Wanslea are facilitating an online workshop about using visual supports in early childhood environments

    Wednesday 31 July 2024

    Time: 10:00am until 11am

    The session will be delivered by Wanslea's Community Engagement Facilitator and one of their Speech Pathologists and is an opportunity for Wanslea to introduce a new resource that is available to community about how to use visual supports to foster inclusion in early childhood environments.

    The session will showcase the resource and cover the below:

    What are Visual Supports

    • Different types of Visual Supports
    • Who benefits from Visual Supports
    • Why use Visual Supports in early childhood settings
    • How to use Visual Supports
    • Examples of ways to incorporate Visual Supports into early childhood settings
    • Resources for getting started

    The session is suitable for staff coordinating and delivering early childhood playgroups, early childhood library activities, school holiday activities, local governments, or any organisation delivering other groups, activities, or programs to young children and families.

    To register for the session, please scan the QR code on the attached flyer, or register via this link.

  • Blind AFL - It's here

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    Blind Sports WA and Kelmscott Football Club wish to introduce a blind AFL program at the City of Armadale Arena.

    You don't have to be Blind or Living with a Disability to participate or be part of the Program.

    “Blind AFL” is an inclusive form of AFL that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, including people living with disabilities.

    Partnering with local All Abilities Football Club, Kelmscott Football Club, the program delivers opportunity for people who find difficulty in playing the traditional grass outdoor sport. Parents, support and family are encouraged to join participants with inclusive sporting aids to play all together.

    The program is run out of City of Armadale’s Arena on Saturday afternoons across 8 sessions. Junior and Senior AFL Aspiring Participants are welcome to join. The Sessions involve specialist coaching from our Blind AFL Coaches, skill building and training followed by a game of Blind AFL.

    Partnering with the Kelmscott Football Club All Abilities Program we provide support and encourage opportunity for participants to join in with the club's community and club activities, like all other members.

    We are seeking Participants, Volunteers, and Program Partners

    SESSIONS:

    22nd Launch - Try Session 0

    6th July Session 1


    20 July Session 2

    3 August Session 3

    10th August Session 4

    24th August Session 5 Match Play

    31st August Session 6 Match Play

    7th September Session 7 Match Play

    21st September Session 8 Final & Award Presentation

    More Information:

    Contact Ben Rowe 0407 446 576 Contact Robert Turner 0409 922 923

    www.blindsportswa.com.au






  • National Carer Survey - Now Open

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    2024 National Carer Survey – Participation Requested

    One of the most valuable resources and significant tools we have in advocating for carers is the National Carer Survey. Conducted once every two years, this survey offers a platform for carers across Australia to share their experiences and perspectives and influence systemic policy change at the highest level.

    We need as many carers, from as many different backgrounds from across WA to be represented in this survey. As one of our partnering organisations, your input is critical in helping us spread the word and allowing all carers the opportunity to respond.

    Why should carers respond? The National Carer Survey provides a platform for carers' voices to be heard by decision-makers. The results have been and continue to be instrumental in policy submissions, government reports, conference presentations, and academic publications. By responding to the survey, carers are contributing to the broader understanding and recognition of carer experiences and needs.

    How can carers respond? The 2024 National Carer Survey can be accessed online at www.NationalCarerSurvey.com.au using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Alternatively, paper copies of the survey are also available and can be requested via phone call at 02 9280 4744.

    Thank you for your continued support and participation. Together, we can work towards a better future for all carers.

  • ADHD and Women

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    Workshop Series

    Women with ADHD are often underdiagnosed and face unique challenges in managing their complex lives. Our group offers women-focused support, education, and understanding. Our three-part psychoeducation group, "ADHD & Women," designed specifically for adult women with a personal interest in ADHD. All sessions offer a supportive environment to enhance understanding, education, and peer support. ADHD diagnosis not required to attend. Gain valuable insights and build connections with other like-minded women on a similar journey.

    Target Members: Women with an interest in ADHD, no diagnosis required to attend.

    Purpose: Understanding and managing ADHD as a woman

    Dates: June 11th - 25th

    Time: 9.30am - 11.30am

    Location: Women's Health & Wellbeing Services. Suite 7, Level 1 Gosnells Community Lotteries House, 2232c Albany Highway Gosnells

    Cost: $75 concession /$120 non concession

    Themes:

    • Week 1: ADHD-Managing feelings and thriving
    • Week 2: Individual differences
    • Week 3: Helpful tools and new research (a look at reliable SM, productivity stacks, groups apps, etc)

    What to expect:

    • Peer support and idea-sharing
    • Evidence-based ADHD psychoeducation
    • Increased self-awareness

    ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

    Serena discovered a few years ago that she has lived with ADHD for over half a century.

    She was halfway through a Master of Counselling at the time and her research focus became centred on ADHD, particularly in girls and women.

    As is common with people who have ADHD, Serena is creative (global thinker), open (oversharer), and across the latest research on ADHD/women (hyperfocuses like a boss).

    She specialises in women’s emotional wellbeing and has more ‘lived experience’ than is necessary.

    Please join us at WHWS for a six-week group therapy program designed for women.
    This supportive and empowering group experience is tailored to help you navigate life’s challenges with more resilience and self-awareness.
    Whether you’re dealing with stress, life transitions, or emotional upheaval, you can count on a supportive environment to explore and grow.

    PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Each week, we focus on various aspects of emotional health, from understanding your emotions and managing stress to building self-esteem and improving interpersonal relationships.

    Week 1: Understanding ADHD in Women Know your ADHD, especially how symptoms present uniquely. Discuss common misconceptions, the problem of late/misdiagnosis, and the impact of hormonal changes on ADHD symptoms.
    Week 2: Self-Awareness and Self-Compassion Explore the emotional and psychological impacts of living with ADHD. Exercises in self-compassion to help manage feelings of frustration, guilt, or inadequacy that usually accompany ADHD.
    Week 3: Organisation and Finding Time Address practical challenges like organisation and time management. Introduce tools and strategies specifically tailored for ADHD, such as time-blocking, prioritisation techniques, and clutter control.
    Week 4: Strengthening your Strengths Focus and Reducing Distractions: Techniques may include mindfulness practices, making your environment more friendly, and implementing workarounds.
    Week 5: Building Resilient Relationships Examine the impact and offer strategies for communication that foster understanding and patience. Role-play scenarios to practice new skills in real-time.
    Week 6: Embracing Change and Planning for the Future Encourage forward thinking and goal setting that align with personal values and aspirations. Discuss how to implement long-term changes that build your network and support growth.

    Connect with other women who share similar experiences in a confidential and supportive setting, empowering each other to move forward with confidence. Attendance is required at all sessions, and this is a small, closed group.

    CLICK TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS



    WHEN & WHERE
    Date: Thursday 1st of August – Thursday 4th of September (6 Sessions)
    Time: 5.45 pm – 7.45 pm ( inc. 15 min break)
    Where: Women’s Health & Wellbeing Services. Suite 7, Level 1 Gosnells Community Lotteries House, 2232c Albany Highway Gosnells
    BENEFITS FOR ATTENDEES
    • Gain a deeper understanding of ADHD and you
    • Develop interpersonal and practical skills and strategies
    • Cultivate self-compassion
    • Improve communication (with yourself and others)
    • Connect with your tribe
    • Explore your amazing mind
    • Set realistic goals aligned to your values
    • Access guidance share wisdom
    • Build a personal toolkit for coping
    YOUR FACILTATOR Serena is a counsellor who has a special interest in women with ADHD. She has a Master of Counselling from the University of Notre Dame and personal ADHD experience (herself and family). Serena prioritises authentic connection, always going that little bit deeper, and compassionate understanding of the ups, downs, and drama of being a neurodivergent woman.
    WHO IS THIS FOR? This event is open to women interested in understanding ADHD. Let’s come together to celebrate the strength and resilience of women with ADHD, empowering each other to thrive in all aspects of life.

    Please contact us on 94902258 if you have any questions.

    Click to book ; ADHD in Women Workshop Series (whws.org.au)



  • Byford Peer Group

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    Byford Peer Group - Monday 3 June 2024

    The peer group is a friendly space that brings together individuals with disability and their families. Connect, share stories and resources and empower each other to thrive and raise our voices to build a brighter future.

    Come along and join us on the First Monday of each month - 6pm - 8pm

    Venue: Dome Cafe, 829 South Western Highway

    Byford


    Contact Minky on 0428 137 044

    Jillian on 0417 987 638


    Email jillian.sliskovic@valuedlives.org.au

  • Disability Access and Inclusion Plan - Easy Read Format

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    Did you know our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) is also available in “easy read” format?

    As part of our journey to make SJ inclusive for everyone, this easy read format makes the plan more accessible by showing text, icons and images in a simple and clear way.

    There’s also an online option to simply listen to the plan as it’s read out to you!

    Our DAIP is the key document guiding us as we strive to become a more accessible Shire.

    Find all the DAIP formats on our website here

    Or jump straight to the online easy read format of the plan here

    Our DAIP is the key document guiding us as we strive to become a more accessible Shire.


  • Carers WA Service Provider Survey - Now Open

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    2024 Carers WA Service Provider Survey Now Open

    Across Western Australia, 1 in 9 people provide care for friends or family members who have disability, mental health challenges, chronic conditions, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug dependency, or who are frail aged.

    In 2024, we invite service providers across WA to complete the Carers WA Service Provider survey. Your feedback will help us improve services to support carers in WA.

    By completing the survey, you have the option of entering a draw to win 1 of 5 $100 Hoyts LUX vouchers (if regional, an equivalent option will be offered).

    Complete the survey here.

    Survey closes Sunday, 12th May 2024

  • Come and try Winter Multi Sports

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    Hi, Welcome to the Big Weekend of Inclusion.


    Sensory, Blind & Mobility Inclusion Try Sport Day

    Come and Try Winter Multi Sports

    1pm – 3pm This Saturday 20th April

    At Armadale Arena, 4 Townley St, Armadale.

    Hosted by; BlindSportWA – Kelmscott Bulldogs All Abilities – City of Armadale

    Further Information


    Kelmscott Bulldogs Integrated All Abilities Football

    Round 1 – 4:30pm Saturday Home Game

    4:30pm This Saturday 20th April

    At John Dunn Memorial Park.

    Further information


    Sensory & Mobility Inclusion Try Sport Day

    Saturday 20th April - 1pm at ARMADALE ARENA

    Winter Multi-Sports and Afternoon Tea!

    🌟 Get ready for an exciting winter of inclusive sports in Armadale, south-east of Perth! Discover AFL, Soccer, and Goalball at Blind Sports WA's "Come and Try" event.

    💪Prepare for the upcoming seasons with thrilling demos and skill-building opportunities. All fitness levels and vision impairments welcome! We're dedicated to making sports accessible to everyone!

    Looking for a new adventure? Find your sport with us!

    It's not just about playing—it's about finding your passion and connecting with an amazing community. 🌟

    After the sports session, join us for a delicious afternoon tea and an info session on inclusive sports.

    Don't miss out!

    Connect with like-minded individuals and unleash the power of inclusive sports.

    Join our FREE event; equipment provided,
    Just wear comfy clothes and bring a water bottle. 💫

    Time | 1pm - 3pm, followed by Afternoon Tea Social.

    Location | Armadale Arena, 4 Townley Street, Armadale

    Who | ALL ages and Abilities welcome

    Don't miss out, register



  • Youth Fest 2024: Social Story

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    This is a three-hour full of fun youth festival for our young people. Youth Fest 2024 - Unleash the Vibes!

    This social story is for people attending the Youth Fest at Briggs Park Pavilion and Oval on Friday the 12th of April 2024 from 12pm till 3pm for ages 12 to 17.

    Youth Fest is a three-hour long event run for the young people of the Serpentine Jarrahdale shire. You do not have to come for the full three hours; it is ok to come late or leave early.

    It is run by the Shire’s youth team and there will be other service providers here sharing information. There will be games, inflatable fun, and live music throughout the event with some free pizza for lunch!

    Where:
    The Youth Fest event will be at the Briggs Park Pavilion and Oval. The address is 38 Mead Street Byford.

    You can access the parking from Mead Street or Gordin Way.

    This is a photograph of the entrance from Mead Street.


    This is a photograph of the entrance from Gordin Way.


    Parking:There are two ACROD parking bays across from the entrance.

    There is more parking at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Recreation Center carpark, the entrance is from Mead Street.


    Entrance:

    All visitors can enter through main entrance. The surface is flat. The doors will be kept open, it is appropriate for walking sticks, and guide dogs. However not appropriate for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

    This is a photo of the of the entrance to the venue.


    Welcoming table:
    There will be a welcoming table inside the entrance. A volunteer from the Shire will check you in at the desk inside the entrance.

    This is a photo of what the Shire volunteers will be wearing on the day. They can assist you throughout the day.

    You may be given a wrist band or sticker to show you have purchased a ticket to the event. This means you can get a free item from the food vans.


    Food and drink:
    There is limited free options for those who have registered, otherwise you may purchase from the food vans.

    The following images are the food vans that will be there on the day of Youth Fest.


    Music:

    There will be a DJ playing music inside the venue as well as live music played outside the venue. Some people may choose to dance to the music. You don’t have to dance.


    No strobe lights will be used at the Youth Fest event. This is a photograph of where the DJ, and dance group will be!


    Toilets:

    Toilets are located on the right-hand side of the entrance of the venue. Please note that the toilet facilities are not accessible for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. There is also a slope going into the toilets – if needed find a volunteer to show you to toilet facilities with a flat surface.

    Quiet space and headphones:
    There is a quieter space if you need a break. There are bean bags for you to relax with friends. This is a picture of a Volunteer enjoying the Chill Out Space Beanbags.

    There are also noise-cancelling headphones for you to borrow. You can find them in the bucket near the check in desk at the entrance.

    This is a picture of the noise-cancelling headphones.


    Photography:
    There will be people taking photos at the Youth Fest event.

    If you don’t want to have your photo taken, please let someone know at the check in desk in the Youth Fest venue and you will be given a YELLOW wristband.

    We will ask for your permission to use the photos taken for Youth Fest advertising or marketing. If you give your permission but then change your mind later, you can let us know and we can withdraw it.

    We can’t wait to see you there!

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