$20k grant to help connect

COFFS Harbour's Community Care Options will help break down attitude barriers to increase meaningful community participation for people with a disability, thanks to a $20,000 grant from Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund.

The grant will help to conduct community education workshops and produce a documentary film aimed at reducing barriers and increasing participation.

Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund chairperson, Grant Murdoch, said the connectABLE project, aimed to make social, sporting and recreational activities more "disability friendly" within Coffs and Bellingen regions.

"Experience has shown the Community Care Options organisation that some groups within the local communities are ready to include members with specific support needs, but many are still uncertain about how to do this," Mr Murdoch said.

"The funding for this project will build community capacity for social inclusion through a series of workshops and the documentary.

"Already 40 groups in the mid North Coast region of New South Wales have indicated their desire to participate in this project."

Community Care Options community engagement officer Kate Warner said it was one thing to identify as "disability friendly" but another to actively include people of varying abilities in community activities.

"We're really excited to be able to pursue the connectABLE project across our region," Ms Warner said.

"The idea began as a community conversation and now, with the assistance of the Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund grant, not only can we pursue some of the social inclusion capacity building initiatives groups have identified, but we can also capture this journey so it can be shared with others."



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