The children’s community respite department utilises volunteers to provide group based or 1:1 social support programs which allow children with disabilities to make new friends and access the community while their parents or primary carers get a short break from their caring role.
Various social groups are run on Saturdays for children aged between 3 and 12 to play and socialise in a fun and safe environment at an Activ facility or community centre in Bayswater, Fremantle and Joondalup. These sessions are suitable for children with a disability who have low to moderate support needs and their siblings. There is a small cost attached to the program.
Social groups for teenagers with a disability aged between 13 and 17 are run on Friday evenings at an Activ facility in Inglewood. These sessions focus on providing teenagers a safe space to form new friendships and develop life skills. There is a combination of centre based activities and community based outings. There is a small cost attached to the program.
1:1 Social support
This service matches a volunteer in the local area with a family who has a child with a disability. Volunteers are able to support your child and their siblings in the family home or out in the community. This enables parents or primary carers to attend appointments or take a short break from their caring role while the children are being supported by an experienced volunteer.
You may also have the opportunity to access community events with the benefit of an extra set of hands or help your child pursue their interests in the community. Examples of how volunteers can help include providing social support in the family home, taking your child to a local park or attending a family outing to the zoo.
Please note as this service is reliant on volunteer availability there may be a wait period while we find a suitable volunteer for your family.
Information about our Volunteers
All volunteers undergo a compulsory screening process by Activ’s volunteer officer which includes an interview, police check and reference check. All our volunteers possess current working with children cards.
A wide variety of people volunteer with the children’s community respite program ranging from students studying degrees related to children or individuals who have retired and wish to make a contribution to the community. We do our best to consider the right person for your family and what your child’s preferences are.
How do I get started?
To find out if your family is eligible to access the Children’s Community Respite program, please contact our our Customer Engagement team on (08) 9387 0555. If you do not speak English please call our interpreter service on 131 450 within Australia.