Joseph has told us that being on the Recreation Access Program has changed his life.

He is a really friendly guy with a great sense of humour, but had found it difficult to meet people and as such, spent a lot of time by himself.

Joseph was interested in giving lawn bowls a go, so, together with his Recreation Officer, they went to some practice sessions at a club local to him.

With the help of the coach, who gave a lot of time to assist Joseph to improve his technique and skills, as well as a lot of dedication and practice from Joseph, he was accepted into the pennants competition.

Joseph now plays each weekend and heads to the club during the week as well to practice and just have a drink or a meal with his new friends and team mates. He also helps out around the club and takes on volunteering roles when needed.

Joseph really feels part of the bowling club family and said to his Recreation Officer that joining the club has had a huge impact on his life as he now has friends and is always busy at weekends, and some week day evenings with the club.

It was Joseph’s 50th birthday just recently and the club presented him on club night over dinner a signed Dockers shirt, that was signed personally for Joseph along with a Dockers goodie bag.  Apparently he was in tears when it was presented as he is an avid Dockers supporter and he was so touched by the friendships that he has made within the club.  He also has friends from the club that are going along to a family dinner to help him celebrate his birthday, and he has had tremendous support within the club to help him grow.