Let's get REAL this year
This year, the Rotary Club of Templestowe is pleased to be adding a new local community organisation, REAL Inc as a beneficiary of our fundraising and support activities.
Based in Manningham, REAL brings together post-school aged men and women with an intellectual and/or physical disability and their families with the aim of providing a regular, on-going, cohesive support group. The organisation also advocates at all levels of government for increased awareness and organisational change to enable inclusive participation in recreational services, housing, and employment.
REAL's activities are across four key areas:
Rights - REAL aims to ensure people with disabilities can be fully involved in the every day life of their local community. Through meetings and forums, families are provided with opportunities to support each other in understanding and accessing services such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Employment - REAL sources opportunities for members to participate in meaningful volunteering activities of their choice in their community, to increase their capacity and ability to potentially engage in appropriate employment situations.
Accommodation - REAL works towards community-based, affordable housing where adults with intellectual disabilities can be part of the local community, while being safe and receiving the level of support needed.
Leisure Programs - REAL is fun, healthy, social, inclusive, challenging, and active! REAL’s Leisure Program encourages members to join in a wide range of activities that build up their skills in areas such as drama, music, cooking, craft and sport. Staff are present to teach, encourage, and accompany members in these activities. Most programs are run on a Tuesday night at the Templestowe Memorial Hall, and members help plan the activities for the term.
REAL is putting on a theatre performance this year to highlight environmental issues and recycling in our community, and we're excited to be working with them on this initiative.
If you would like to join us in supporting REAL, you can join our Footy Tipping competition (by registering here), or by contacting us for more info on our other activities (firstname.lastname@example.org).