A 12-week pilot program for disabled people in Cobram and district has been met with positive feedback.
The PALS For Life health and wellbeing program, run by Valley Sport, was enjoyed by Providing All Living Supports Cobram clients.
The program aimed to increase knowledge around topics such as food and nutrition, exercise and physical activity, decision making and the human body.
Valley Sport project officer Jarryd Cutler believed it was the first and only large-scale program of its kind anywhere in regional Victoria.
‘‘The program is something I have developed from scratch as part of my role at Valley Sport and has already captured the interest of other organisations like Valley Sport around the state,’’ he said.
‘‘We are proud that Cobram has been the location of the pilot program and the PALS organisation was first to benefit and see results from the program.
‘‘It has the potential to spread to other areas of the state and potentially change the whole landscape of health and wellbeing for those with a disability, an especially important topic as the NDIS is rolled out.’’
Mr Cutler said there was an excellent response from clients and they enjoyed the hands-on nature of the program.
‘‘People with disabilities can be forgotten about when it comes to education, but they are just as entitled as anybody to an education and they can take just as much away from it,’’ he said.
‘‘This type of education will become quite important with the NDIS rollout because it will focus on individual independence and this helps with that. This will help disabled people lead the life the NDIS is helping to create.’’
For information about the program, email Jarryd Cutler at [email protected] or contact PALS’ Kate McRae on 5862 2641 or [email protected]