GAS now offer an adventure alternative in disability supports. Why? "The evidence is clear and far-reaching. Spending time in the natural environment – in places like parks - is good for your mind, body and soul." (2016 Parks Vic.)...for more on this research see below.
What's on offer:
ADVENTURE BUZZ- Kids
Buzz Kids utilizes nature, challenge and group work to teach skills of communication, self regulation, team work & problem solving, building confidence and independence. More details...
ADVENTURE BUZZ- Teens
Buzz Teens (same as above)...however, is tailored for a faster paced teen engagement.
Aimed at Secondary aged kids. Runs on a Saturday. More details...
ADVENTURE BUZZ- Adults
Buzz Adults (same as above two)...however tailored to engage young adults. Runs on a Friday. More details...
OUTDOOR LIFE - Adult mental health support
Combining nature, exercise, adventure, healthy food and good company, this weekly program can assist you to improve mental health and physical wellbeing. More details...
BUSH ADVENTURE THERAPY
BAT allows people to examine the way they react to stress and challenge. They can then practice preferred ways of coping in a safe and non-judgemental environment - nature... More details...
Who are the instructors?
Jeremy & Shelley Wright are a husband and wife team. Both P – 12 qualified teachers, registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), they have many years experience guiding groups and individuals in the outdoors. Notably, Jeremy coordinated the Outdoor & Environmental Studies program at Christian College for 12 years before starting GAS in 2013. Shelley works in disability and youth work, and has a Masters degree in Experiential Learning & Development / Bush Adventure Therapy. More details...
Program Costs: NDIS line-items/prices
Group based community, social and recreational activities- weekdays
|Group based community, social and recreational activities- Saturdays||$29.69/hr|
|Group based community, social and recreational activities- higher intensity- weekdays||$28.47/hr|
|Group based community, social and recreational activities- higher intensity- Saturdays||$39.51/hr|
|Assistance to access community, social & rec activities- individual- weekdays||$42.79/hr|
|Assistance to access community, social & rec activities- individual- Saturday||$59.36/hr|
|Assistance to access community, social & rec activities- individual higher intensity- weekdays||$45.17/hr|
|Assistance to access community, social & rec activities- individual higher intensity - Saturday||$62.66/hr|
*These are dependent on the participant's level of support required to actively participate as well as ensuring safety and wellbeing. Contact us if you only qualify for other support items.
BOOKINGS> Shoot us an email or give us a call
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- Contact details
- Type of support you require
Contact: Jeremy on 0499 217 990
So why does outdoor adventure work?
"The evidence is clear and far-reaching. Spending time in the natural environment – in places like parks - is good for your mind, body and soul...
Parks Victoria created the Healthy Parks Healthy People brand in 2000 and then commissioned Deakin University to do a literature review which analysed more than 200 journal articles on research into the human health benefits of contact with nature" (2016 Parks Vic.) Here's some of the findings from the 2015 publication.
What the research says:
Nature helps us be active
Within parks, people tend to be more physically active - on tracks, playgrounds and at sports facilities. The many benefits of exercise and physical activity are now well documented. Regularly physical activity can help maintain healthy weight, reduce the risk of heart attack and more.
‘Green’ exercise – better for you than exercising in the gym
Numerous studies have found that exercising outside in a natural setting – ‘green’ exercise – is better than exercising indoors.Just five minutes of exercise in a park, working in a backyard garden, on a nature trail or other green space will benefit mental health.
Nature is great for kids
In natural environments, children use natural materials (flowers, sticks, stones etc) for long periods of imaginary play. Imaginary play has been shown to help children develop social and cognitive skills.
Nature helps with healthy ageing
As well as providing the opportunity for physical activity, contact with plants can be used therapeutically and helps people recover from the stress and strain of everyday living. Gardening has been found to strengthen muscles, improve mobility and flexibility, and can help reduce osteoporosis and even reduce the likelihood of dementia.
Nature helps our mental health
Contact with nature improves self-awareness, self esteem, self concept and positively effects mood. Contact with nature is effective in alleviating the symptoms of anxiety, depression, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, tension, headaches and even indigestion.
Nature helps us heal
Studies have demonstrated that hospital patients recover more quickly when they can see trees from their windows.
Natural spaces help build strong communities
Joining a Park friends group has a double benefit – it helps the health of the park through the work achieved and helps participants build ties to the people and places locally.
Read the research
An independent review of international research by academics at Deakin University found over two hundred studies that showed contact with nature makes people physically and mentally healthier.
Love the outdoors? …want to work for a new and very different disability service in Geelong?
Casual positions are available for disability support workers, to work alongside facilitators on adventure based programs. Must be flexible with availability, including weekends and out-of-business hours.
- Must be fit and active
- Love the outdoors
- Friendly & easy going
- Have initiative and be able to think on your feet
- Level 2 First Aid
- Cert IV in Disability (or equivalent)
- Have experience in disability and activities like hiking, mountain biking, climbing, etc, preferred.
Or call Jeremy on 0499 217 990