Leading disability service provider Scope has launched Bannockburn’s first-ever community program for residents living in the Golden Plains Shire.

Scope Bannockburn Community Connections will support local people with disability to participate in activities in their local community and achieve their goals in life.

Georgia Spiller, 19 says she is excited to be supported in her local community.

“Before I had no option but to travel to Geelong. It’s great to not have to travel so far and do activities in Bannockburn and in the places that I love and know!’ said Georgia.

Scope Bannockburn Community Connections presently supports Georgia and other individuals with disability to participate in community activities, such as going to the library and navigating the weekly shopping trip to gain independence and life skills.

The program will take place at Bannockburn Cultural Centre, which in consultation with Rural Access where Scope has installed a changing place and a hoist to ensure the venue is fully accessible.

Scope General Manager Ann Cox said the Bannockburn service was developed following the success of a similar community program in Lara.

“Scope wished to build on the success of The Community Connections program in Lara and we are looking very forward to being the first organisation to launch a disability service in Bannockburn,” said Ms. Cox.

“People with disability living in Bannockburn can now access disability services here in their local community, without having to travel extensive distances or pay additional travel costs.”

Georgia says Scope’s services have supported her to become an active member of the community and has become an important part of her life.

“I’m looking forward to doing fun activities and seeing people I know at the library or shopping centre with my new friends from Scope.”

“Scope has been a great place to make new friends and do new things. They also help me with my therapy needs.”

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