Inclusivity is an important component within the Sutherland Shire community and at Sharks Have Heart we look to provide equal opportunities to create a unified community.
Segment aired on Fox League's program League Life on 18th July
Focus: Inclusive rugby league skills program.
Audience: People of all ages with a disability, who have an interest in Rugby League.
Delivery: Creating a safe and enjoyable environment for which young people with a disability can enjoy learning new skills. Delivered at the Southern Cross Group Stadium, participants take part in fun, rugby league themed activities.
Outcomes: The Mega Jaws clinic has been delivered to over 50 young people with disabilities over 2 years, providing an inclusive program for which everyone feels welcomed and learns new skills.
Focus: Reduce social isolation through inclusive social interaction.
Audience: Children on the Autism Spectrum with additional needs.
Delivery: Free weekly one-hour sessions, where staff set up sporting activities for the children to play and interact with one another.
Outcomes: Having 10-35 families attend weekly sessions to improve social interaction and confidence of the children, while progressing their sporting skills on an individual level.
Focus: Reduce social isolation and provide a friendship between volunteer and client.
Audience: Adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities and/or autism.
Delivery: Partnering with Gig Buddies, adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities and/or autism are matched with a volunteer who shares similar interests. From here the 'Gig Buddies' will attend social events with each other.
Outcomes: Helps build confidence within the community and increases social inclusion and social interaction to over 150 clients.