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The Case for Fun-Raising for Activ

We are Activ, and we believe in you. We believe you can run whichever distance you set your heart on for the upcoming Chevron City to Surf for Activ. And we hope you believe in us too, which is why we’d love you to fun-raise for us in the lead up to the event. 

Read on to find out more about what Activ does and why supporting us means supporting a brighter future. The Chevron City to Surf for Activ is our biggest fun-raising event for the year and the funds raised throughout the event go a long way towards improving the lives of thousands of Western Australians living with disability. 

What Activ Does

Activ assists more than 2,000 Western Australians living with disabilities and provides support for their families. Over the past 67 years, our passion for helping people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities has grown. We strive everyday to empower people living with disability to pursue the life they choose. 

Take a look at what the money raised for Activ during the Chevron City to Surf for Activ will do:

Providing Invaluable Employment Opportunities

Activ provides employment opportunities for more than 1,000 Western Australians living with disability. The wide range of services offered by Activ Business provides our employees with the freedom that stems from choice. 

We provide opportunities for people living with disability in Perth, Bunbury, Busselton, Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie to undertake meaningful and engaging work matched to their skills and needs. Our supported employees work in fields as diverse as timber manufacturing, property care, e-waste recycling, industrial services and administration. 

Proper oversight is given by trained supervisors every step of the way.

We also have Employee Coordinators who work with our employees to develop focussed Training and Support Plans around their employment goals. Empowering the employees to reach these goals by providing job related training, pathway support and individualised strategies is another important aspect of Activ’s work. 

Activ’s Property Care Team

One example of our supported employment is Activ’s Property Care Team. 

They have been maintaining the grounds at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in Kensington for 23 years. Our team of six workers and their supervisor are permanently based at the 52 acre site. 

They are responsible for mowing, brush cutting, edging, watering, weeding, and undertaking reticulation repairs and adjustments around the grounds.

Supervisor Stephen Cunningham said he was inspired by the commitment of his team: 

“It is such a pleasure to see the energy and enthusiasm that flows from the crew and to see the personal pride they experience when they complete a task. It’s great to see them achieve their goals around operating plant and equipment, as well as developing their horticultural skills.” 

Activ’s Supported Accommodation

Activ’s Accommodation Support program provides Western Australians living with disability the opportunity to move out of their parents’ home. Seen as a rite of passage for individuals without disability, moving out of home is more difficult for young adults living with a disability. 

Activ provides accommodation support for these young adults so that they can live on their own or in a group environment with peers and out of their parents’ home. This promotes independence, improves self-confidence and teaches so many valuable life lessons.

Danika moved into Activ accommodation earlier this year following the death of her Mum. 

Her weeks fly by as she spends her time watching movies, shopping, belly dancing and spending time with her best friend and housemate, Sherilee. That’s all outside the hours of her part-time job. 

Danika and Sherilee

Activ Accommodation gives Danika somewhere to live independently, but with a guiding hand that keeps her safe. Activ team members also support Danika with the management of her finances and her time. 

Danika’s Dad, Phil, said she had blossomed since moving into Activ accommodation. 

“As a family, we spent five years looking for accommodation for Danika, and we couldn’t be happier with the choice we made,” he said. “Danika’s confidence has grown more in the last three months at Activ than during her whole life.”

Activ’s services are catered to the individual needs of the people living in the supported accommodation. Our caring and qualified teamwork with the individuals living with disability and their families to ensure that all their needs are met, while also providing them room to grow and flourish.

Activ Respite: Short Term Accommodation 

Activ offers flexible short term accommodation (also known as respite) options to children and teenagers with disability and their families. The Variety Pelican Centre in Bayswater provides 3-17 year olds with a place to get away for an overnight stay or longer break. 

The state-of-the-art facility is designed to let children of the same age learn valuable skills and to help them achieve developmental milestones in a fun and engaging way. Their dietary, health, educational and recreational needs are catered to by highly qualified staff. 

One Western Australian who has benefitted from Activ’s short term accommodation is Tyson. Activ has been helping Tyson since 2016. While staying at Activ’s STA facilities, Tyson has been working on his independent living skills – particularly in the kitchen!

With a strong focus on developing life skills, Activ’s STA services are completely tailored to the individual needs of each guest. Tyson’s confidence in the kitchen continues to grow and we look forward to seeing him achieve his next goal!

Sign Up Now

If you want to sign up to support Activ, register now and select Activ when choosing who you’ll be fun-raising for. Don’t forget, you’ll have your entry fee reimbursed if you raise $500 or more for Activ. There are movie tickets on offer for those who raise $100 for Activ and a heap of merch for those who hit $200, $300 and $750 in their fun-raising efforts. 

There are so many reasons for you to support Activ in this year’s City to Surf. Help us create a brighter future for WA!