Bringing festive fun
TAKING AN ‘ACTIV’ APPROACH TO CHRISTMAS CHEER
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.