SCOSA is on the move

The SCOSA Move n Include group at The Valleys Lifestyle Centre (back from left) The Valleys YMCA manager Ben Whalan, YMCA facilitator Deb, Angela, Paula, Kathryn (all disability worker)s, Peter, Clare SCOSA manager Fiona Mercer, (sitting on mat) Shaun, Megan, Jasmin and Peter.
The SCOSA Move n Include group at The Valleys Lifestyle Centre (back from left) The Valleys YMCA manager Ben Whalan, YMCA facilitator Deb, Angela, Paula, Kathryn (all disability worker)s, Peter, Clare SCOSA manager Fiona Mercer, (sitting on mat) Shaun, Megan, Jasmin and Peter.

YMCA South Australia in conjunction with SCOSA has launched 'Move n Include' at The Valleys Lifestyle Centre.

'Move n Include' is a social, exercise-based movement program for people living with disability, aimed at extending their physical activity, dexterity, balance and coordination in a fun and social environment.

The program is run weekly on Thursdays.

The Valleys Lifestyle Centre manager Ben Whalan said the successful launch was encouraging and anticipated that more participants would become involved as the initiative gained exposure.

"It places participants in a setting that helps facilitate community connection and interaction and we are lucky to have (instructor) Deb Noble running the sessions. Deb's enthusiasm and positivity has been embraced very quickly," he said.

'Move n Include' is a structured program incorporating gym and floor equipment in a circuit-style formation, developed in conjunction with an occupational therapist and overseen by a program coordinator.

The instructor oversees the session where all participants move through a circuit of stations with whatever level of support required, provided by their support person or carer. Sessions run for up to an hour depending on the formation of the group attending.

Recently appointed SCOSA Clare manager, Fiona Mercer, said the program had great potential and was one of a number of initiatives planned to grow participation across the region.

"The group looks forward to it each week and it has already had a positive effect on participants, both physically and socially," she said.

"It's got social and community inclusion that includes a physical aspect and, even this early, the participants know when 'Deb's Day' is planned and know when they are coming to the centre."

"This is the only program of its type and it's unique. Clare is a very close knit place and it's great that the participants are able to get out and feel a part of what, in the end, is their community."

"We're aiming to build our program base and Move n Include is an important addition."

Ms Mercer said that SCOSA in Clare aimed to grow as an organisation and, as the NDIS roles out, it aimed to work with the YMCA to grow participant numbers across the next 12 months.

'Move n Include' is also run at the John McVeity Centre in Elizabeth and Mr Whalan said it had the potential to grow and be launched in centres and communities across South Australia.

"As 'Move n Include' establishes, it becomes a great program to market to schools and other service providers both within and outside the region, with the aim of providing access to all people living with disability," Mr Whalan said.

Clare SCOSA manager Fiona Mercer with The Valleys YMCA manager Ben Whalan at last weeks Move n Include session at the centre.

Clare SCOSA manager Fiona Mercer with The Valleys YMCA manager Ben Whalan at last weeks Move n Include session at the centre.