No barriers to participating in this year’s Me2 program

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

WhenActivityWhere
February
Wednesday 13 10.30-11.30amGet your taste buds moving with this interactive cooking presentationinvolving the preparation of healthy snacks.Catalina Conference Centre, 171 Dorrington Road, Rathmines
Wednesday 27 10.30-11.30amLake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, 39 Lake Street, Warners Bay
March
Tuesday 5, 12, 19 and 26 10am-noonCome and try the enjoyable game ofcroquet. Morning tea provided.Toronto Croquet Club, Ron Hill Oval, Straight Road, Toronto
April
Thursday 11 11am-2pmEaster 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
May
Wednesday 15 10.30-11.30amJoin 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 10.30-11.30amFeel the rhythm and beat of drums at this interactivedrumming workshop.Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, 39 Lake Street, Warners Bay
June
Wednesday 5,12,19 10.30-11.30amGet 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 11amJoin us for a funny and enjoyablepuppet show of the Australian Classic ofWombat StewBelmont Library, 19 Ernest Street, Belmont