Being involved in regular recreational and leisure activities can have positive influences on a person with Down syndrome's health and emotional well-being, but they can also provide great opportunities to develop a rich social life and build connections with their community. Research may need to take place in order to initially source the various recreational options that are available, but they may also need to be fairly proactive to allow participation in such activities to continue on an ongoing basis. The best place to start would be to determine what the person's interests are, see what options are available, and then to maybe “trial” some of the activities to see whether it is something that they enjoy and want to carry on.
There are many options to pursue recreational interests within the community:
• Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC)
• Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
• Queensland Scouts
• Queensland Guides
• Local community centres and groups
• Disability specific organisations (e.g. Special Olympics, Lifestream)
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PCYC offer sport and recreational opportunities to young people and the wider community.
YMCA provides expertise, programs, and services throughout Australia to enable healthier, happier communities.
- Scouts QLD
Scouts Australia provides young Aussies aged 6 to 25 with fun and challenging opportunities to grow through adventure.
- Guides QLD
Girl Guides Queensland is an organisation that creates safe and friendly environments for children and young people where they can grow into confident, self-respecting members of the community.
- Participating in sport (AIS)
To find out more about how AIS can assist to develop pathways for people with disability to get involved in sport.
- Getting out and about - Qld Government
Tips on things to do in Queensland
Provides information on recreation, tourism, sport and the arts for people with disabilities.
- Disability Online
To find a social/sports/arts club or organisation in your local area.
- Avoiding social isolation
Tips on how to stay connected with the community to avoid feeling isolated.
Further Information and Support
For further information and support please contact the team at DSAQ on (07) 3356 6655 or at [email protected]