Inaugural ‘All Abilities Clinic’ Launched In Gladstone

Inaugural ‘All Abilities Clinic’ Launched In Gladstone

The Capra’s Community Care Program recently launched their ‘All Abilities Clinic’ in Gladstone.

The event is hopefully the first of many, according to Peter White, the club’s Chief Executive Officer.

“This is the first event that we’ve done in Gladstone, but we’re hoping to have more events very similar to that in Gladstone.

“We absolutely want to continue the event in coming years, and also to help support businesses that are in that space. This is our way of giving back to the community.”

The event offers social activities that are personally tailored to each client’s individual abilities, and embraces unique skills and capabilities with an emphasis on participation and interaction. The biggest focus of the event is for young Central Queenslanders to meet people in a safe and inclusive environment, with a focus on fun.

“We actually have thirty players here that are support workers full-time- it comes naturally for them to be involved in an event like this. Most of them work for BigDog Disability Services, and they’re an organisation that’s one of our major partners.

‘For them, dealing with their clients on a day-to-day basis is very similar to what they do at the All Abilities Clinic.”

The All Abilities Clinic is just one of five events offered by the Capras Community Care program. Other events include the Regional Academy’s Program, the Indigenous Health & Wellbeing Program, the School Capras Care Program and the Community Support Program.

“The programs are available to people of all ages, and we really want to get as many people involved as possible,” said Candice Keating, who is in charge of the Capras’ Program Support.

“We also want people to know that there’s no physical limitations with events like this. We have had kids in wheelchairs, and there’s no age limits either so it’s really inclusive.”

The Capras Community Care Program is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support and education for local communities. There’s a prominence of supporting children across a wide range of communities, with a focus on providing them with genuine care.

“With Covid it’s been really hard to get into schools to get involved with these kids, so an event like the All Abilities Clinic really lets us get out there and be with people.”

Peter White says that the best part of the All Abilities Clinic was seeing the joy on people’s faces- players and attendees alike.

“The best part is the joy you get to see-it’s just wonderful to be a part of. It’s a privilege for our organisation to conduct this program, and we really enjoy being a part of it.

“Thank you to Gladstone Regional Council for their support. As a not-for-profit we have a limited budget, so the wonderful support we receive from Gladstone Regional Council and our other partners really makes an event like this possible.”