Inclusion WA encourages everyone to Have a Go


Siok Cheng, Mayor Barry McKenna, Stephen Cole, Theresa Paraszczyn, Trish Mccourt and Ciara King. Picture: Robin Kornet                                                                                    www.communitypix.com.au   d452717
Siok Cheng, Mayor Barry McKenna, Stephen Cole, Theresa Paraszczyn, Trish Mccourt and Ciara King. Picture: Robin Kornet www.communitypix.com.au d452717

The organisation is a finalist for the Community Service Excellence Award for ‘Have a Go Day’ programs, designed to encourage people to get involved with local clubs and groups.

The organisation, one of four finalists in the awards, teamed up with the City of Bayswater to provide the successful event to the community for five years.

Inclusion WA senior sport and community development officer Ciara King said the program had grown “drastically” since it began in 2012.

“At the first event, there was 86 people and this year there was over 850,” she said.

“It really shows that individuals are getting connected to their local community.”

Ms King said the program was “completely community-driven”.

“It can be quite daunting for an individual, perhaps with a disability, to go and take that first step and go to the local netball club so this is an opportunity to meet the people from the club and form that relationship,” she said.

“Inclusion WA is all about finding a valued role for individuals in the community.

“It’s really a win-win situation; the individual can become connected to a club and group, and the club increases membership and in turn the community becomes more vibrant too. We’re so excited to have been nominated.”

The winner will be announced on May 4.