Grant Opportunity

Cahoots Org.
PO Box 1617
Osbourne Park, WA, 6916

Cultural Camps -

Cahoots’ mission is to provide opportunities to children and young people living with disability to develop friendships, skills and confidence. We do this by:
• Supporting families and carers by providing services for their child or young person with disability;
• Providing social interaction, recreational opportunities and leisure experiences for children and young people with disability;
• Assisting children and young people with disability to attend camp programs and take part in recreational activities;
• Raising community awareness of issues involved in supporting children and young people with disability;
• Providing opportunities for children and young people with disability to interact with children and young people without a disability; and
• Providing social interaction, recreational opportunities and life skills for people with disability.

Cahoots vision is for an inclusive community where all young people have opportunities to reach their full potential, and where parents and carers receive support.

Cahoots is uniquely positioned to offer new services based on the organisation’s history of delivering meaningful and impactful experiences for families and young people and improving health and wellbeing outcomes. Camps for Aboriginal families, children and young people living with disability are not a service that currently exists in Western Australia, especially the South West, a regional area.

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Project Details

Postcode where activity will take place: 6000

Start Date: 04/01/2019

End Date: 04/01/2022

Target Population:

  • Indigenous Australians
  • Health > People with disabilities

Field of Interest:

  • Community and economic development > Community development
  • Education > Equal opportunity in education

Project Summary:

This project will focus on Aboriginal Australian children and young people living with disability, or learning difficulties (and their families and carers) in the South West Region of WA including Bunbury, Busselton, Augusta, Margaret River, Dunsborough and Manjimup. Cahoots aim to launch a supported regional camping program to meet the needs of an under serviced and over represented in SEFA demographic. This project will include a particular focus on consultation in development of services with Aboriginal families to ensure the indigenous Australian community needs are met. We currently offer camps to children and young people living in Perth. These camping positions are currently filled with people of non-Aboriginal background that live in metropolitan Perth. This project will ensure that camping services are available specifically for Aboriginal children and young people living in the South West and will build capacity within these regional communities by utilising locally based staff and locally sourced volunteers and leaders. This project has been developed to meet demand identified through the 2018 disability sector services market and competitor analysis.

It is well documented that health and wellbeing is determined by more than just people’s behaviours – that there are a range of underlying social determinants that influence an individual’s health and wellbeing outcomes. The World Health Organization describes several social determinants as core to a persons’ wellbeing:
• Early life – a good start in childhood and adolescence can have long lasting benefits to social, mental and physical wellbeing.
• Social exclusion – through barriers to inclusion such as discrimination, people with disability face social isolation, increased illness and decreased mental wellbeing.
• Employment – participation in meaningful employment allows for increased independence, a sense of inclusion and is a strong indicator of better health outcomes.
• Social support – friendships, good social interactions and a supportive social network allows people to feel cared for, loved and valued and has a protective effect on health.

Additionally, the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index found that carers are among the unhappiest people in Australia. The need for respite is paramount to family wellbeing, and their ability to continue to care for their loved ones who are living with a disability.

Children living with disability face multiple challenges when it comes to social inclusion, development of life and social skills and participation in social and recreation activities. For Aboriginal children with disability, this is compounded by a large number of underlying social, cultural, economic and geographic factors, which make access to support services and living with a disability more challenging. Rates of disability are higher in the Aboriginal population compared with the non- Aboriginal population; however, the proportion of Aboriginal people who are accessing support via the government is lower than the non-Aboriginal population.
Some of the barriers that exists for Aboriginal people in accessing participation in disability support and community participation programs include:
• Geographic isolation
• Lack of culturally appropriate services and resources
• Cost of programs and services
• Racism or lack of cultural awareness by disability

Project Outcomes:

The aim of this project is to engage with children and young people, especially Aboriginal children and young people living with disability or learning difficulties to build their social skills, make friends, try new activities and develop new life skills through by attending cultural camps. The parents and siblings of these children and young people will also be invited to attend the first two-day weekend camp to support their child with their first camping experience. Including the family is an important part of the project, and will:
• Ensure the child is supported and has confidence from those that they trust, and;
• Strengthen the family through the opportunity to try fun and exciting activities together, and;
• Allow Cahoots to educate families on our services and develop pathways for families to access funding for continued services, and;
• Ensure the project is community directed to meet community needs, and;
• Allow Cahoots to seek feedback and guidance to improve our services for Aboriginal children and young people and their families living in South West.

This project will:
• Provide a new service that is currently not available and in demand from the community, and;
• Provide a culturally appropriate opportunity for Aboriginal children living with disability to engage in meaningful social experiences, and;
• Assist Aboriginal families to access ongoing support for their children to develop social skills, friendships and life skills, and;
• Provide support to Aboriginal families through education, access to services, relationship strengthening and respite, and;
• Build capacity of the South West as a community to engage with people living in this region with disability.

Aboriginal people living in remote areas of WA are over represented in disability statistics. There are under 5% of these families in WA currently funded. This project will aim to educate families and build relationships between NDIS, so they have regular ongoing access to services (Department of Communities, July 2018).
The project will also provide fun and rewarding volunteering placements and casual/part time employment for those living in regional areas who are looking to progress a career in community services or similar sector. Aboriginal people will be given preference for Leader roles, based on their cultural knowledge.

Evaluation of both qualitative and quantitative data will occur regularly. Engagement with the local community, and families using the services is the key to capturing vital feedback and understanding the outcomes of the project.

Budget Details

Total Budget: $37,500


Income item Price ($)
Donation from Rotary 5000
Cahoots contribution 20000


Expense item Price ($)
Services delivery costs 10000
Staff costs 25000
Marketing and communications 2500

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