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Why choose us?

GAS provides a unique approach to support and skill development, using adventure and the great outdoors as a focus. GAS is a registered Disability Support Service, providing options for all abilities to participate in outdoor adventure activities. Physical activity and time in nature provides a range of physical and mental health benefits, while adventure brings people together as they share fun experiences and learn from new challenges. GAS provides experiential learning programs that are tailored to individual needs.

 

What we offer?

Outdoor Life – All abilities

Outdoor activities modified to allow participants of all abilities to participate. Participants may choose to try a variety of adventure activities or focus on one, developing skills and social networks. Choose from bushwalking, orienteering, cycling, mountain bike riding, rock climbing, abseiling, camping, canoeing & skiing.

Outdoor adventure activities are run by qualified GAS staff in a range of natural environments. Participants will determine the focus of the session – skill development, relaxation, socialization, connection with nature, fitness, personal challenge etc. Participants may choose to do a single session or multiple sessions on a regular basis.

 

Adventure Based Learning - High Functioning Autism

Outdoor adventure for young people with autism. Nature provides an engaging and predictable setting for kids to try new activities and learn new skills. Focus on the task/activity assists socialization as participants share new experiences and work together. Physical activity and time in nature provides an important outlet and an opportunity for experiential learning. Activities include hiking, bush play, mountain bike riding, orienteering, abseiling, rock climbing and canoeing.

 

Bush Adventure Therapy

GAS now offer Adventure Based Counselling, providing treatment to address a specific problem or teach a specific skill (for example, managing anxiety or developing resilience).

ABC generally begins with a one hour face-to-face assessment/planning meeting with the therapist before venturing into the outdoors. The therapist will then make suggestions, working with the participant to develop a plan based on their interest, availability and budget.

Outdoor Adventure allows for experiential learning that is concrete and immediate. Participants have the opportunity to develop their skills in a safe and predictable setting before applying them to daily life. Physical activity and time in nature provides a range of physical and mental health benefits while adventure activities allow participants to challenge themselves and discover new capabilities. ABC is fun and engaging, providing an effective alternative to ordinary counselling.

GAS also provides psychosocial education in a group therapy setting, requiring a commitment to the group for a period of time.

Activities include hiking, mountain bike riding, orienteering, abseiling, rock climbing, camping & expeditions. ABC is suitable for all abilities as activities can be modified to suit.

 

Accessing GAS programs.

Shoot us an email or give us a call.

Tell us:

  • Your name
  • Age
  • Contact details
  • Interests
  • Support needs
 

 Contact Us:

Contact: Jeremy on 0499 217 990

Or send us an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Need extra assistance? Enlist the help of a local advocate.

Other languages: If you need an interpreter, please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 and ask them to telephone GAS on 0499 217 990. Our business hours are 9am – 5.00pm.

 

Program Costs: NDIS line-items/prices

Support Item

*Price

Group based community, social and recreational activities- weekdays

$22.35/hr

Group based community, social and recreational activities- Saturdays

$30.02/hr

Group based community, social and recreational activities- higher intensity- weekdays

$29.75/hr

Group based community, social and recreational activities- higher intensity- Saturdays

$41.29/hr

Assistance to access community, social & rec activities- individual- weekdays

$44.72/hr

Assistance to access community, social & rec activities- individual- Saturday

$62.03/hr

Assistance to access community, social & rec activities- individual higher intensity- weekdays  

$47.20/hr

Assistance to access community, social & rec activities- individual higher intensity - Saturday

$65.48/hr

Personal Training

$54.57/hr

Individual counselling

$149.80/hr

Group Therapy

$58.53/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.

 

Who are the instructors?

Jeremy & Shelley Wright are a husband and wife team. Both are Prep–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 taught and coordinated the Outdoor & Environmental Studies program at Christian College for 12 years before starting GAS in 2013.

Shelley has worked in education, mental health, disability, youth work and counselling and in addition to a Teaching degree has a Masters degree in Experiential Learning & Development/ Bush Adventure Therapy and a 2nd Masters degree in Counselling.

 

GAS Charter of Rights and Responsibilities

PARTICIPANT RIGHTS

  • Have full information about service options and freedom to make your own choices.
  • Have access to nature and a range of outdoor adventure pursuits.
  • To receive a written plan/agreement regarding services provided.
  • Reliable, coordinated, safe, high quality services which are appropriate to your needs, goals, interests and wishes.
  • Being treated with dignity and respect and without discrimination, abuse, harassment or neglect.
  • Have support that is respectful of you that builds on your individual strengths and interests.
  • Respect for your cultural and religious practices, and to keep the language of your choice, without discrimination.
  • To be provided with culturally safe services that recognize and respond to the particular needs of your diverse, cultural, linguistic and religious background.
  • Personal privacy. Access to personal files held by GASTSI Flag
  • To provide feedback and complain and to take action to resolve disputes.
  • To have access to an advocate.
  • To be free from fear of repercussions for taking action to obtain your rights.
  • Personal independence.aboriginal flag

PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To contribute to setting goals and planning activities.
  • To ask questions if you are unsure about services or strategies.
  • To provide feedback about services and supports, and if you have a concern, to raise it with GAS staff or managemetn.
  • To pay for services provided.
  • To treat others with courtesy and respect, including social media use.
  • To respect the privacy and confidentially of others in verbal conversations and on social media.
  • Where appropriate, to accept personal responsibility for your actions and choices.

 

Feedback, complaints and disputes

If the Participant wishes to give the Provider feedback, the Participant can talk to Jeremy Wright (GAS owner) on 0499 217 990.

If the Participant is not happy with the provision of supports and wishes to make a complaint, the Participant can talk to (above contact) or fill out a Feedback/Complaint Form in the enrolment pack.

If the Participant is not satisfied or does not want to talk to this person above, they can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and another staff member will contact them. Alternatively, the Participant can contact the National Disability Insurance Agency by calling 1800 800 110, visiting one of their offices in person, or visiting ndis.gov.au for further information.

 

We’re hiring...

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.

Requirements: JobAd1

  • 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.

Send a CV and cover letter ASAP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or call Jeremy on 0499 217 990