Raceview Integrated Playgroup, run by ALARA, provides a supportive and relaxed environment for children with disability, siblings, and parents to enjoy themselves. The organisation was successful in EPIC Assist’s (EPIC) recent round of Community Grants, with funds to be spent on purchasing materials for the group.
ALARA Executive Manager Judy Dickson says through many interactions with parents of children with disability, the team identified an unmet need for this type of program.
“Parents of young children with a disability have reported that it is extremely difficult to be part of an ordinary playgroup experience,” explains Judy.
“That’s not only because of attitudes and acceptance by other parents, but also because it may be impractical to provide the required support for their child while managing other young siblings.”
As Raceview Integrated Playgroup is not eligible for Government funding, they are grateful for support from organisations like EPIC.
“In addition to creating a welcoming environment for children with or without disability, ALARA also provides a facilitator to assist parents within the group,” says Judy.
“We want to see children and adults with disability fully included in our community, and think this playgroup is an important step in achieving that goal.”
During the playgroup, parents have the opportunity to meet and chat in a laid-back environment, while kids learn life and social skills that prepare them for school.
ALARA Raceview Integrated Playgroup meet every Monday during term at Raceview Congregational Church, 117 Wildey Road, Raceview from 9.30am-11.30am. New members are welcome, and anyone interested can call (07) 3817 0600 to get started.
If you’re part of a not-for-profit group and would like to apply for an EPIC Community Grant, visit https://epicassist.org/get-involved/community-grants/ today.