The State Trustees Australia Foundation has awarded Reclink Australia a $20,000 grant as part of the Foundation’s 2021 Community Inclusion Grant Round.
The grant will be used to support AAA Play, an initiative operated by Reclink Australia that encourages social inclusion and participation for people living with disability.
AAA Play provides Australia’s only dedicated referral and connection service for people with a disability to sports and recreational opportunities in Victoria.
Through the creation of a buddy system, those who cannot find an existing sports or recreation activity will be offered the choice of a disability trained sports buddy. The buddy is a volunteer who will meet with the participant in their local area to engage in an all-abilities sport or recreation activity.
“We are thankful for the kindness of people and organisations in the community who have left donations to the State Trustees Australia Foundation. Their generosity enables us to distribute these grants each year and continue supporting such important projects.” Mr Carrick, State Trustees CEO said.
“We are grateful for the support from State Trustees Australia Foundation. This will help us to connect people with disability into the sports they love to play, and to introduce some people to new sports that they will come to love.” Dave Wells, Reclink Australia CEO said.
Reclink’s structured sport and recreation programs have been independently evaluated by La Trobe University, with proven results and improved life outcomes. Participants include those experiencing mental illness, family violence, homelessness, social isolation, gambling harm, unemployment, and in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. 77% of respondents reported a better outcome since participating with Reclink.