A 'great escape' for all

  • Date: 12 February 2015
  • Category: Youth
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2015 is off to a great start for YMCA Victoria’s Community Development Unit with the pilot of a new program called YMCA Escapes.

YMCA Escapes aims to create a safe, inclusive and supported group travel experience for adults with extra support needs.

We all know that getting away can be great for body, mind and spirit. It can totally reenergise us, however, going on a holiday is something many of us take for granted. For those who require extra support exploring somewhere new may not always be possible. YMCA Escapes is a new initiative that allows any person, regardless of their ability, to have the experience of travel.

The first ever YMCA Escapes saw 8 participants, 3 staff and 4 volunteers spend four fun-filled days in Canberra. The group got the opportunity to visit the best of Australia’s capital including; the Australian Institute of Sport, Questacon and the Australian War Memorial. Highlights included a full interactive experience at the National Gallery of Australia and a nighttime visit to the Telstra tower to see the city come alive after dark.

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Run by volunteers, the new initiative is based off an existing program, YMCA Weekend Escapes – a recreational camp opportunity for adults with disabilities that has been running for over eight years.

YMCA Escapes is open to any person over the age of 18 that requires extra support – such as those with physical or intellectual disabilities, those with an Acquired Brain Injury or the elderly.

Program participant George said he had a wonderful trip.

"Canberra was very nice. I had a good time with everyone. I went to Parliament House, it was my favourite. I like going away with the YMCA".

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The next YMCA Escapes is planning to depart in June and will be venturing north to Sunny Queensland. For more information visit our webpage or contact Program Director Anthea Warlond on 9345 8004 or ymcaescapes@ymca.org.au