Activ’s Esperance was formed at the end of 1970 by Mrs May Read and Mrs Lorraine Thomas who had started the “Sandy Art Group” a few years before for children with learning difficulties. It was their aim to start a properly equipped centre for the training of intellectually disabled children. We have since become a pillar of our beautiful beachside community.
Originally located on the Esplanade, in 1998 we received a grant from Lotteries West and, with support from the local community, we built our office on Shelden Road. We have been delivering community services from here ever since. At the same location we operate our commercial arm, Activ Business Services, which supports the local business community.
May Read was a founding member of Activ Esperance and generously donated a property to us. We still use this disability accommodation property today.
The NDIS has been available in Esperance since October 2018. Customers are encouraged to move their funding to the national model. Activ is a major provider of the NDIS in Esperance and across much of Western Australia.
Activ in the Community
Brian Gallop is the brother of Alan, an Activ accommodation customer. He said since Activ’s Read House Accommodation Team had been supporting Alan, he had developed new skills, and grown by completing tasks and chores around the house. Alan now has a particular interest in food, and he even tends his own strawberry patch.
“Alan has a happy and healthy life as independent as his disability allows, and he is constantly challenged to take on new skills by the empowering one-on-one interaction and support he receives,” said Brian.
We are the only provider in Esperance that offer 24-hour disability accommodation support. We are also the only ADE (Australian Disability Employment) in town that offers disability employment services. Activ Pathways, our registered training organisation (RTO) delivers training to our customers and employees. We regularly run Certificate I qualifications in a variety of courses that support capacity building and skills development.
We also offer community support, which assists customers to actively participate in their community. This could mean joining a sports club, going to the movies or just walking on the beach.
Activ Esperance is unique in that we empower and encourage our customers achieve their goals. We do not believe that people living with disability should be secluded or sheltered. Our customers have the right to participate in the community alongside everyone else.
If you want to know more about what we offer, feel free to visit Activ Esperance or call us on 9071 1943