CatholicCare Celebrates International Day of People with Disability

“Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all disabilities” is the theme of this year’s International Day of People with Disability (celebrated today, December 3).

To celebrate, Maitland City Council joined several local service providers, including CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning, to host a “Party in the Park” at Walka Water Works. Live performances, art and sport activities, miniature train rides and a free barbecue attracted many members of the community with a disability, their carers and school groups.

CatholicCare team members Brodie, Nathan, Karen and Amber decorated hair with colour and glitter, sprayed “tattoos” onto arms and faces, played cricket and beat African drums with the guests.

 “Today is all about celebrating people with a disability,” said CatholicCare Disability Service Manager, Brodie Clark.

 “Events like today are great as they showcase the support services CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning provide to the community. It also gives us the opportunity to engage with the community and strengthen partnerships with other service providers.”

 Project partners included Maitland City Council, Maitland City Library, NDIS, Mai Wel Group, Ability Links, Endeavour Group Australia, Samaritans and House with No Steps.

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Alyssa Faith is the Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office and regular contributor to Aurora and mnnews.today.