Bring­ing fes­tive fun

TAK­ING AN ‘AC­TIV’ AP­PROACH TO CHRIST­MAS CHEER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - East Victoria Park -

THIS Christ­mas, more than 250 peo­ple across WA will be get­ting a help­ing hand from Ac­tiv.

After of­fer­ing respite for more than 60 years, Ac­tiv, which has a business ser­vice in East Vic­to­ria Park, has grown to be WA’s largest dis­abil­ity ser­vice provider.

Ac­tiv re­cently launched its 2014 Christ­mas Ap­peal, where all money raised will go to­wards peo­ple in WA liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity.

Ac­tiv of­fers flex­i­ble and short-term respites for clients at home, in the com­mu­nity or overnight. This al­lows par­ents and car­ers to have some time off and gives clients a place of per­sonal growth and en­joy­ment.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Vis said it tai­lored its ser­vice to suit the needs of in­di­vid­u­als to pro­vide them with the max­i­mum level of com­fort over the course of their stay.

“We fo­cus on em­pow­er­ing clients to learn new skills to en­able them to reach a greater level of en­gage­ment with the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Sev­enty-year-old Shirley Fitzthum has been car­ing for her 14-year-old grand­son James for five years with on­go­ing as­sis­tance from Ac­tiv.

“It has re­ally helped James with his so­cial de­vel­op­ment. He gets the chance to be around other chil­dren his age, which he doesn’t get at home. Words can’t de­scribe the pos­i­tive im­pact Ac­tiv has had on both our lives,” she said.

Ac­tiv is seek­ing help from the com­mu­nity this Christ­mas so it can con­tinue to as­sist fam­i­lies with the respite ser­vices. Visit www.ac­tiv.asn.au for more in­for­ma­tion on the ap­peal or to make a do­na­tion.

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