Do you want to get involved in activities in your local area? Do you want more information about local clubs and groups? You can contact Inclusion WA for Recreation Advice.
Individually Tailored Recreation Advice
Inclusion WA provides individually tailored information to people (and family members on their behalf) who want to get involved in their communities. This is where we do the research for you, providing you with a list of clubs and groups that you can approach yourself. Contact us via the enquiry form or give us a call on (08) 9201 8900 and ask to speak to a Recreation Officer.
We’ll ask you for the following information:
- Some of your interests or what you want to do
- Your age group
- Where you live
Are You From Another Organisation?
If you are supporting a person to connect to their community and need to do some research then you can download the Recreation Advice Process for Service Providers Document.
This will give you a few tips on how to get started on the Recreation Advice process yourself. If you don’t have any luck with this then give us a call on (08) 9201 8900 or contact us via the enquiry form with your request.
Want to Help Yourself?
Would you like to get involved in a recreational or social group but don’t know where to start? Have a look at the links, factsheets and attached documents at the bottom of this page for some ideas on where to find things in your community and how to get involved.
Inclusion WA has put together some factsheets that you may find useful if you are looking to join a club, group or activity:
- How do I find recreation activities in my community
- How to approach or get involved in a community group or club?
- Inclusion: What is it and how to be inclusive
Disability Services Commission - The Disability Services Commission is the State Government agency responsible for advancing opportunities, community participation and quality of life for people with disability.
Your Local Government Website - Look for sections such as events, sports, arts, community directory, youth services, recreation and programs. Also, don’t forget to check out what’s happening at your local library, rec centre, community centres and youth centre. If you are unsure about where to find it online just give them a call and ask!
The Department of Sport and Recreation - The Department of Sport and Recreation is the lead agency responsible for the implementation of government policy and initiatives in sport and recreation.
Find A Club - This website shows you all of the sporting clubs in your local area. Just use the search fields to find a specific sport or just see what is close by!
Archery WA - Try searching clubs and locations to find Archery Clubs near you.
Bowls WA - use the “Find your local club” on the homepage to find a bowls club near you.
Cricket WACA - see how you can get involved by clicking on the involved tab.
Cycling WA - Keep an eye out for the come and try day under Paracycling and Inclusive Cycling for people with a disability.
Football West - Check the development tab and click on Community to find a club near you.
Netball WA - click on the development tab for information on the Net Set Go program that caters for 5-10 year olds. Also check out the calendar tab to see what clinics Netball WA are running.
WA Football Commission - click on to the football tab to see the different programs that WAFC run.
Venues West - Venues West is home to many different sporting facilities such as Arena Joondalup, Challenge Stadium, WA Athletics Stadium, WA Rugby Centre, WA Basketball Centre, Speeddome, Champion Lakes, Perth Arena, Motorplex and NIB Stadium. Please visit the Venues West website to find out more.
YMCA - YMCA run a variety of recreation centres and youth services. Have a look at their website for more information.
Please click here to see and extensive list of all the sporting organisations in WA on the Department of Sport and Recreation website.
Department of Culture and the Arts - DCA supports a number of arts organisations on a multi and triennial year basis. Click on each category and choose past recipients to see who has been funded by DCA.
Propel Youth Arts - Propel Youth Arts WA are the peak body for youth arts in Western Australia. They are dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to engage in the Arts.
Awesome Arts - AWESOME Arts is a not-for-profit contemporary arts company for young people. AWESOME aims to engage with young people under 12 through exciting, inspiring, accessible and challenging arts activities and programs.
WA Youth Theatre Company - This is the leading youth theatre organisation in Western Australia, working with young people up to 26 years old
WA Youth Orchestra - The WA Youth Orchestras Association’s purpose is to offer young people quality musical experiences through unique performance opportunities, thereby creating an environment in which they can achieve their musical potential.
Fremantle Arts Centre - Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) is a multi-arts organisation that offers exhibitions, courses, live music and more!
Children & Youth
Kidsport - KidSport makes it possible for Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation, no matter their financial circumstances. KidSport allows eligible youth aged 5-18 years to apply for financial assistance to contribute towards club fees (up to $200 a year).
Department for Communities (Youth) – Department for communities develop policies and programs that meet the needs of young people aged 12-25 in Western Australia.
The Hive - The Hive is your online guide to over 800 youth organisations across the State. Use the search function to get connected now!
PCYC WA - PCYC is about entertaining and educating young people to help them stay on the right track. PCYC have centres scattered around WA, have holiday programs and ongoing programs.
ReachOut.com - Reach Out has a wide range of info sheets under the heading wellbeing at the top of the website. These include social skills, making friends, communication, confidence, motivation and more.
People 1st Program - Supporting people with an intellectual disability in human relationships, protective education and sexuality. PIP is a programme of FPWA Sexual Health Services, which provides sexual health services, information and training without bias of any form.
Respectful Relationships - Want to know how to have a respectful relationship? Have a look at this link for information on topics such as dating, consent, out & about, online chatting and more. This website is by The Sexual Assault Resource Centre and Youth Focus.
SECCA - secca is a non-profit organisation designed to support people with disabilities, in their efforts to learn about human relationships, sexuality and sexual health across the lifespan; as well as helping them to develop skills that will empower them to make informed choices, while acknowledging their own individual capacity to enhance the quality of their lives.
How to Improve Your Social Skills - How to Improve Your Social Skills: 8 Tips from the Last 2500 Years. This is a blog entry that has 8 tips to improving your social skills such as listen, keep a positive attitude and actually be interested in the other person. It is an interesting and worthwhile read for everyone.
Skills You Need - Skills You Need is a website dedicated to helping people develop life skills. There are sections on Social Skill Development including building confidence, building rapport and more.
ASHA Leader - ASD Social Skill Websites - The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) put together this comprehensive list, detailing a variety of websites to look at for information about Social Skills Websites.
Video Jug - Video Jug has lots of different video clips on various different topics. Use the search tab to look for things that you might need some assistance with for example communication skills.
Embrace the Future - Embrace the Future is a website for young people and features topics such as mental health, drugs and alcohol, fear and anxiety as well as social skills.
Social Thinking - The Social Thinking approach was developed by Michelle Garcia for both children and adults with High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and similar cognitive challenges.
Mental Health Commission of WA - This site has a directory of all mental health service providers along with links to emergency providers and online mental health providers.
Act Belong Commit - Act-Belong-Commit is a comprehensive campaign that encourages individuals to take action to protect and promote their own mental wellbeing. This website has a lot of resources to look at to help you act, belong and commit!
WAAMH - Western Australian Association for Mental Health.
Mental Health Matters 2 - Mental Health Matters 2 is a community action and advocacy group.
Arafmi - Arafmi is the pre-eminent mental health carer organisation in Western Australia.
MIFWA - Mental Illness Fellowship of WA
Headspace - Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation.
Youth Focus - Youth Focus is a unique organisation that supports vulnerable young people in Western Australia by offering a range of mental health services.
Beyondblue - beyondblue is an organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of depression and anxiety in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma.
Volunteering WA - Volunteering WA makes a difference by connecting thousands of volunteers to many community organisations in Western Australia. To find volunteering opportunities in your area, go to their website and type in your interests and/or postcode.
Big Help Mob - Big Help Mob gathers groups of young people to do volunteering, which benefits non-profits and communities in Perth.
Volunteer Resource Centres - There are nearly 30 Volunteer Resource Centres throughout Western Australia. You can check out opportunities in person and ask questions about local opportunities.
Youth Volunteering - To find volunteering opportunities in your area, go to their website and type in your interests and/or postcode.
Swan volunteers - Swan volunteers is a website containing volunteer opportunities existing in the local government area of Swan.
MeetUp - MeetUp is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organise a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. Search for groups by location and/or interest.
befriend - The Befriend Team work to create opportunities for people to connect with others, and feel a sense of belonging.
Education & Learning Opportunities
Government of Western Australia Training - This list of links provides a comprehensive list of government training providers.
Tresillian Recreational Courses - Tresillian in Nedlands offer a range of short recreational courses.
Central TAFE - Short courses offered by Central TAFE.
Challenger TAFE - Short courses offered by Challenger TAFE.
Polytechnic West TAFE - Short courses offered by Polytechnic TAFE.
Tuart College - Short courses offered by Tuart College.