LiveBetter Community Services partnered with Bathurst Regional Council to provide ice-skating sessions for people with a disability and their carers on Wednesday morning.
The session, titled Accessibility Day, was sold out, with the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink running at reduced capacity for volunteers from LiveBetter to provide a helping hand.
LiveBetter support leader Clare Plunkett said the event was about providing opportunities for people with disabilities.
“We’re giving everyone with a disability a chance to enjoy the Bathurst Winter Festival in a safe environment,” she said.
“They’ve sold less tickets today, so volunteers have more room to help.
“It’s the first time and it’s really great. We’ve received lots of positive comments from the general public.
“We hope to continue to run each year at the festival.”
Ms Plunkett said the smaller session helped make participants feel more welcome.
“Some of the participants don’t like bigger sessions. We want to give them an opportunity to have fun in a smaller and safe environment,” she said.
“We hope everyone enjoyed it. The support from the council is helping empower people with disabilities.”
We’re giving everyone with a disability to enjoy the Bathurst Winter Festival in a safe environment.- LiveBetter support leader Clare Plunkett
LiveBetter active participation program manager Michelle Stark said Bathurst Regional Council was to be congratulated for the initiative.
“We are thrilled to be working with Bathurst Regional Council to ensure people of all abilities have the opportunity to take part in the Bathurst Winter Festival,” she said.
LiveBetter has been operating in Bathurst for 12 months, but its branch in Orange has a longer history.
LiveBetter is a community service organisation focused on the needs of the people of regional NSW, providing a diverse range of community services across the Central West, Orana, Far West and Riverina regions.
“We are a disability organisation. We have day programs, respite and transition to work programs,” Ms Plunkett said.