Braking the Cycle aims to provide young people with increased employment opportunities, community connection and driver education. This is achieved via a volunteer driver mentor program designed to support learner drivers without access to a supervisor or registered vehicle to complete their logbook hours.
The program was developed by PCYC Ipswich and PCYC Logan in response to a need identified by the community. Ipswich and Logan feature highly in regional unemployment statistics and following a meeting between community leaders, state and federal government and community organisations, it was identified that many people are willing to work however lack the simple ability to get to and from the workplace. Further analysis identified that this was most evident in young people aged 16 to 25 years who did not have the capacity to complete the mandatory 100 hours of supervised driving experience necessary to gaining a licence.
The 100 hour requirement has placed enormous stress on young people and acts as a significant barrier to getting a licence and engage in employment. Secondary to this, is the impact of poorly educated or unlicenced drivers on the roads and the devastating impact this can have on a community.
“Braking the Cycle” has been termed to highlight the links between obtaining a licence, employment and good social outcomes. In other words the program aims to not only empower young people to get their licence, but also to break the cycle of welfare, unemployment, and anti social behaviour.
The Braking the Cycle program is currently being run from the following clubs;
|Crestmead||Dalby||Gold Coast (Contact PCYC Nerang)||Gladstone|
|Goondiwindi||Ipswich||Logan||Lowood (Contact PCYC Ipswich)|
|Mackay||Moranbah (Contact PCYC Mackay)||Nerang||Rockhampton|
|Roma||Lang Park||Fortitude Valley||Zillmere|
Find out more here –> http://www.pcyc.org.au/Youth-Programs/Youth-Development-Programs/Braking-The-Cycle.aspx
The Modified Rugby Program (MRP) – Creating belonging and success
The Modified Rugby Program (MRP) is a new, modified form of touch-only rugby, developed by GingerCloud Foundation, where each boy and girl with a learning and perceptual disability has their own club PlayerMentor on the field supporting them.
Through the program, children experience the sheer thrill of playing rugby, often for the very first time. In fact, many have never been able to play a team sport before.
The MRP aims to move boys and girls with learning and perceptual disabilities off the sidelines and into the main game. The program encourages boys and girls to play rugby as part of their local junior rugby club community.
At its core, the MRP is about helping children experience success in line of their own development. The MRP shows children what they can do and how much they can achieve when rugby is modified to support their needs.
The program embodies the essence of rugby, a sport which embraces inclusion and diversity. The MRP brings families and communities together who, traditionally, would not have the chance to participate in a team sport at their local club.
Spearheaded by Brisbane parents, Megan and Anthony Elliott, whose son Max has a significant learning and perceptual disability, they understand how much it means for children and their families to be included and play rugby just like everyone else.
The MRP was developed by the GingerCloud Foundation with the support of the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU), and was piloted at Brothers Rugby Club in 2014. The program provides weekly training sessions and seasonal MRP Competitions within an existing Club environment, where teenage PlayerMentors are supporting MRP Players on the field every week.
Through the GingerCloud Leadership Program, supported by MRP Ambassadors, rugby legends Nathan Sharpe and Tim Horan AM, PlayerMentors are trained to become leaders of the future, creating a generation of people for whom disability is normalised.
From 1 team of 16 MRP Players and PlayerMentors at 1 Club – Brothers in 2014, the MRP community has grown to include 8 teams totalling 160 participants across 6 clubs in South East Queensland in 2016.
With the support of QRU and the ARU (Australian Rugby Union), GingerCloud’s vision through the MRP is to change the world’s perception of children with learning and perceptual disabilities one rugby club at a time!
Apply Today! http://mymrp.org/
WheelAdventures prides itself in offering disability, aged friendly and wheelchair accessible motorcycle sidecar tours. WheelAdventures is the only motorcycle tour business of its kind in Australia! WheelAdventures will tailor a safe, fun and exciting riding experience to accommodate your special needs. And, a carer or friend can come along as a pillion passenger (on the back of the motorbike) for FREE!
Noah’s Ark has a long history of supporting families with children with special or additional needs. Families with Noah’s Ark can benefit from:
• Resources and toys to assist your child’s development needs
• Friendships and support. Meet other families and carers who have shared similar experiences to you
• Guidance and advice. Our staff are here to help answer your questions or to sort through the wealth of information available
Noah’s Ark Educational Resources & Toy Library at East Brisbane has a wide range of toys and equipment, some of which are designed and adapted for children with disabilities or special needs.
Their range includes:
• Toys and educational resource kits
• Books for children, parents.
• Audiovisual and electronic resources
George Kambouris offers lifestyle and mobility programs teaching participants to live on wheels confidently. Programs are run at the Carindale PCYC every month.
This lifestyle and mobility program is especially aimed at children 4-18 years, but all ages welcome. Parent/carer to attend also. These sessions will allow kids (and adults) to:
• Generate friendships and networks
• Learn more about life in wheelchairs
• Participate in structured activities including: correct techniques in using a chair, troubleshooting, stretching/strength/balancing/agility exercises, bottom lifts, posture, manoeuvering among obstacles, sports & games, spine education, wheelchair manners, car transfers
• Chat and explore their own interests – such as sports or hobbies they would like to try at a future session
All Up 2 Speed Driving School are leaders in physically challenged driver training. They are committed to assisting you as an individual to either pass a driving licence test or in training you in the use of Disabled Driver equipment.
All Up 2 Speed Drving School is a Vehicle Options Subsidy Scheme Registered Vendor.
• Provide driver training on a vehicle specifically equipped to cater for disabled drivers
• Through our association with Occupational Therapist qualified in driving assessment advise you on what equipment you will need fitted to your car
• Provide contacts for the suppliers and installers of any equipment you will need fitted in your car
• Advise and assist you to access funding for disabled driver driving equipment and a car (For those who qualify under the VOSS)
• Advise and assist you to access funding that may contribute towards the cost of your Driving Training. (For those who qualify under the VOSS)
Able Clothing was created as a service for families and carers who have struggled to find clothing suitable for their loved ones. Their product designs are customised with special needs children in mind. Their adapted clothing range offers comfort, are time saving, and have special features required to dress and undress with ease.
The aim of their garments are to give dignity and comfort to the wearer whilst looking fashionable.