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Club gives teens a creative outlet

A joint program between Therapy Focus and Morley Sport and Recreation Centre is helping teenagers with disabilities gain confidence and develop social skills while exploring their artistic side.

Called ‘Creative Club’, the program incorporates a mix of activities including drama, arts and cooking that are designed to help develop key skills. Sessions also provide an outlet for participants to socialise and try new things.

Therapy Focus Family Connect Worker, Amy Galpin, said the idea to run the program came about from necessity.

“We noticed that there are plenty of sporting clubs around, but not many groups that cater to teenagers who are interested in the arts,” Amy said.

“We approached Morley Sport and Recreation Centre because we knew that they already run an inclusive sports program and thought they might be interested in developing similar program with an emphasis on creativity.”

A pilot of the program was facilitated by Therapy Focus therapists and Family Connect Workers in Term Four last year with 12 teenagers from the Morley area taking part. A highlight for many was the end of term party, which included an exhibition of artwork and a screening of a movie the group had filmed.

17 year old Jorja Clements-Grasa enjoyed the opportunity to connect with peers saying, “The activities were really fun and it was great to work with the therapists and meet new people my age.”

Following the success of the pilot program, Morley Sport and Recreation Centre will continue to host the program in 2016 with assistance from Therapy Focus.

For more information, or to register your interest in attending, please contact Morley Sport and Recreation Centre on (08) 9375 3529. Kidsport funding is available to help with the cost of attending. Creative Club