Inclusive events ranging from belly-dancing and theatre workshops to croquet and healthy cooking classes are on offer as part of Lake Macquarie City Council’s 2019 Me2 program.
Launched in 2017, the program aims to build the networks and skills of people of all abilities and ages.
Council Ageing and Disability Officer Peta McGrath said last year’s month-long program had more than 500 participants, with events held at venues across the City.
“Me2 aims to be a meaningful addition to the lives of participants, to support them and include them in our community,” Ms McGrath said.
“This year’s program is spread across 10 months to provide options over a greater period of time to a broader audience.”
More than 11,500 people in Lake Macquarie – comprising more than six per cent of the population – need assistance with self-care, mobility or communication.
Ms McGrath said that was above the NSW average.
“Thankfully, attitudes and behaviour towards people with disability have changed significantly in recent years, and programs like Me2 help continue this positive trend,” she said.
This first five months of this year’s program include healthy cooking presentations in February, croquet in March, an Easter picnic in April, belly-dancing and drumming classes in May and theatre workshops and a puppet show in June.
For more information or to book a place at a Me2 event, go to lakemac.com.au/me2 or call 4921 0430.
Me2 Feb-June Program 2019
|Wednesday 13 10.30-11.30am||Get your taste buds moving with this interactive cooking presentationinvolving the preparation of healthy snacks.||Catalina Conference Centre, 171 Dorrington Road, Rathmines|
|Wednesday 27 10.30-11.30am||Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, 39 Lake Street, Warners Bay|
|Tuesday 5, 12, 19 and 26 10am-noon||Come and try the enjoyable game ofcroquet. Morning tea provided.||Toronto Croquet Club, Ron Hill Oval, Straight Road, Toronto|
|Thursday 11 11am-2pm||Easter Picnic. A fun day full of activities and adventures for all to come and enjoy. There may even be a surprise visitor hop in…||Catalina Conference Centre, 171 Dorrington Road, Rathmines|
|Wednesday 15 10.30-11.30am||Join in the fun ofbelly-dancing. A great activity for the body and mind.||Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, 39 Lake Street, Warners Bay|
|Wednesday 22 10.30-11.30am||Feel the rhythm and beat of drums at this interactivedrumming workshop.||Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, 39 Lake Street, Warners Bay|
|Wednesday 5,12,19 10.30-11.30am||Get creative with these fun theatre workshops to inspire the actor in us all.||Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, 39 Lake Street, Warners Bay|
|Monday 24 11am||Join us for a funny and enjoyablepuppet show of the Australian Classic ofWombat Stew||Belmont Library, 19 Ernest Street, Belmont|