Inclusive events and programs
About our inclusive events and programs
We provide a wide range of activities, events and programs for the community throughout the year, with the aim of ensuring that these are accessible and inclusive for the whole community, including people with disability. Events include the Seniors and Carers Expo, Castaways Sculpture Awards, Christmas Festival, New Year’s Eve, Australia Day, Symphony on the Green, Multicultural Festival and Performance in the Park.
We will continue to expand on the provision of accessible and inclusive event services, including:
- Auslan interpretation
- tactile tours
- beach matting
- free use of beach wheelchairs and walkers
- accessible viewing areas
- chill out zones
- Sensory-Santa meet and greet (Christmas Festival only)
- social stories
- accessible toilets
- additional ACROD parking close to the event
- and more.
To see what will be provided at each event, see the What’s On calendar for individual event details. If you have any specific access queries or requests, please contact us at email@example.com or 9528 0333.
International Day of People with Disability - Together We Thrive
On Thursday 1 December 2022, we held a free community event celebrating International Day of People with Disability at the Gary Holland Community Centre. The event was well attended with over 500 community members coming together. Check out the gallery below for some of the highlights.
The City of Kwinana supported the event and provided activities, a sausage sizzle and free ice cream. Students from Warnbro Community Education Support Centre showed off their barista skills by serving free coffee and tea. The City was also a recipient of a $1,000 grant from Developmental Disability WA.
The event welcomed 21 microenterprises who showcased their amazing products to attendees, most of which were hand made. Incorporating microenterprises run by people with disability was a new addition to this event. The event was able to promote some of our local talent and to provide an opportunity for the community to support these local microenterprises.
Capacity building workshops were also introduced, with four workshops delivered on the day:
- Technology Equipment: This workshop was run by the City of Rockingham libraries and showcased the technology available for use and hire from the library.
- How to Start a Microenterprise: Local community members with disability shared their experiences with starting a microenterprise.
- Art and Art Mentorship: Support workers with their clients were guided through an art workshop by an artist who demonstrated ways to support creative expression.
- Community Mental Health Art Workshop: Community members with disability worked together with an art therapist to create a community mental health art piece.
Participants were entertained through performances and a number of activities:
- Music Rocks – music program for people with disability
- Malibu Glee Club – school glee club
- Galaxy Elite Allstars – R & B group for young people with disability
- Ballroom Fit – ballroom classes for all abilities
- Stage interviews with participants of the day, with a focus on microenterprise owners.
- silent disco, giant games and a photo booth
- wildlife incursion
- Cycling Without Age and Peel Riding for the Disabled
- Blind Sports WA and Safety Bay Petanque`come and try activities
- water activity (provided by City of Kwinana)
- information stalls (City of Rockingham, City of Kwinana, CarersWA and TADWA)
- chill-out zone (supported by Ngala)
- virtual reality experience (provided by City of Rockingham Libraries)
- Act Belong Commit activity and resources.
Planning accessible and inclusive events
If you are holding a community event, you need to ensure access and inclusion for all. For more information and guidance on how this can be achieved, go to planning accessible and inclusive events.