Inclusivity is an important component within the Sutherland Shire community. 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 Shark Park, participants take part in fun, rugby league themed activities.
Outcomes: The Mega Jaws clinic is delivered to over 100 young people with a disability each year, providing an inclusive program for which everyone feels welcomed and learns new skills.
Focus: Building confidence, improving social skills, coordination, balance, stimulating neural pathways, communication and eye tracking.
Audience: Children on the Autism Spectrum or with additional needs.
Delivery: Skillz4Me is a FREE activity & therapy program for children of all abilities. The program combines occupational therapists, social workers, early childhood teachers, support workers and coaches all in the one environment to assist families.
Outcomes: In 2018, 108 children attended weekly sessions to improve social interaction and confidence, while also progressing their sporting skills on an individual level.
Results: 71% of participants recorded an improvement in sports skills.
56% of participants recorded an improvement in social skills.
Focus: Reduce social isolation and provide a friendship between a volunteer and a 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 share similar interests. From here, the 'Gig Buddies' will attend social events together.
Outcomes: Helps build confidence within the community and increases social inclusion and social interaction to over 150 clients.