City of Melville grant helps Interchange WA break barriers


Robert Cooper, Mikaela Van Vligmen, Jacob Ferraro and George Stevens in costume ahead of the Interchange WA puppet show.
Robert Cooper, Mikaela Van Vligmen, Jacob Ferraro and George Stevens in costume ahead of the Interchange WA puppet show.

A CITY of Melville grant has helped 20 people living with physical and intellectual disabilities get creative with puppets and learn to express themselves.

The $10,000 grant allowed Interchange WA clients and support workers to showcase their creative ability through a puppetry performance held at the Blue Gum Community Centre last week.

Interchange WA engaged Fremantle performing arts organisation Spare Parts Puppet Theatre to work with participants of all levels of ability to make life-size puppets and put on a performance based on their very own script.

Like their creators, the puppets came in all shapes and sizes; some were hand-held, some were wheelchair friendly and some were costume based.

Interchange WA staff member Bernard Fan said participants with intellectual and physical disabilities who often experienced barriers with language and communication were given an outlet to express themselves, while having fun and learning new skills.

Interchange WA supports people with disabilities to achieve individual goals, including independent living, community access, education and employment.

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