Inclusion WA takes out Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) Community event of the year award!

Inclusion WA takes out Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) Community event of the year award!

Inclusion WA and the City of Bayswater have won the prestigious ‘Community Event of the Year Award’ for the innovative and popular ‘Have a go Day Event’ at the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Industry Awards on Tuesday July 26. Held bi-annually, the gala breakfast at Kings Park aims to recognise innovation and exceptional achievement across all areas of sport and recreation in Western Australia. 

Inclusion WA and the City of Bayswater first united in 2012 with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive Bayswater community for all local residents and community groups alike. Having grown from 86 attendees in 2012 to over 1000 in 2016, the event offers a great opportunity for local groups to raise awareness of their programs as well as recruit new members and volunteers. Community groups were upskilled to ensure their clubs and groups are more accessible to all community members, particularly those from low-participation and non-traditional backgrounds.

The ‘Have a go Day’ consisted of a range of local sport and community groups coming together to showcase the various opportunities for participation in and around the City of Bayswater.

Through the ‘Bayswater Have a Go Day’, individuals were able to try a wide range of activities and clubs unique to Bayswater and build positive relationships with representatives.

“This initiative provides a great blueprint for what can be achieved when a pro-active Local Government harnesses the skills in their local community” said Denver D’Cruz, Inclusion WA’s Sport and Community Development Manager.

“This award really recognises the fantastic community members and community groups and organisations that have worked in collaboration to positively impact the wider community” said Mr D’Cruz.

The success of the ‘Have a Go Days’ has led the City to work with Inclusion WA to design a program aimed at assisting more local people to connect with their community. Titled ‘Bayswater Connect’, the program will see a Project Officer working closely with individuals and community groups, assisting them in finding and filling available roles in their community.

“We are extremely excited about the launch of ‘Bayswater Connect’ and I urge any local community members thinking of connecting to a club or group to contact us if they need assistance” Gemma Balgrove, City of Bayswater

For more information relating to the ‘Have a go Day’ and/or ‘Bayswater Connect’ programs, please contact Denver D’Cruz at baystwaterconnect@gmail.com or call 9201 8900.

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