Activities Centre for people with disabilities, mental illness and community
The Grove opened in November 2018.
FROM AUGUST 1st 2021 WE ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC MONDAY – FRIDAY BETWEEN 9AM – 2PM .
As a visitor it will cost you $5/day to attend ‘The Grove’ + any contribution toward specific activities or events e.g. cooking, discos, pizza night.
There is a small charge for tea, coffee and drinks also.
We do offer an Annual membership if interested come and see us at the office. All clients are required to have a support worker with them at all times.
If you wish to access ‘The Grove’ independently you will need to contact us to discuss.
Our Gnomies came about as our clients wanted to have a mascot for our activities centre ‘The Grove’ . They came up with the concept and wanted to highlight different disabilities so we contacted the amazing Donna Sharam who brought the gnomies to life.
Introducing (from left to right) our Gnomie family –
‘Gnomeo’ who has Autism
‘Geri Gnomess’ who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair (named after actress Geri Jewell who has cerebral palsy)
‘Sherlock Gnomes’ who is vision impaired and his assistance dog ‘Mr Black Dog’ (to represent mental health) &
‘Marlee Gnomes’ who was born deaf and has a hearing aid and communicates using Auslan (Australian sign language) (named after actress Marlee Matlin who is deaf).
Watch this space for some amazing merchandise coming soon
COVID-19 rules still apply. Physical Distancing | Hand Hygiene | Stay at Home if Unwell.
This means no hugs, handshakes etc. 1.5m apart. Please respect peoples personal space and remind clients how important this is.
Activities will still be individual or well-spaced apart and we will be cleaning items and areas after use.
Goes without saying, there is washing of hands on arrival and departure and if you or a client are unwell you cannot attend.
Everyone needs to sign in, including the time and sign out/via app. This is a requirement that allows us to stay open. If we do not comply with these simple rules we will be forced to close again.
So enjoy the space and follow the rules.
We have completed a COVID safe checklist.
To build an ACTIVITIES CENTRE for people with disabilities and /or mental illness and community use on our land at 11 Grove Street, Atherton.
Tableland Community Link (TCL) is a not for profit organisation in the small community of Atherton in North Queensland. TCL provides support on an individual basis and in group settings for people with disabilities and/or mental illness to have opportunities that increase their connection and sense of belonging within their community.
This includes all types of community options that compliment a holistic lifestyle. The support is negotiated between the person with the disability and/or advocate and the service. Support Workers direct their efforts towards increasing the independence of the person with the ultimate aim of complete community interconnection wherever possible.
Our wish is that people with disabilities are welcomed, valued, accepted and have a genuine sense of belonging within their community. People with disabilities have the same rights as other community members in regards to everyday life experiences, opportunities and responsibilities. They also have a lot to offer if they are given the opportunity to link into their community. We provide the support to bridge the gap between their ambitions and dreams and the barriers that society (often unwittingly) put before them.
To provide a dedicated space for marginalised people in the community to have a social life and practice self-expression. We have already proven the idea works using premises that have proven to be unsuitable for the long term.
TCL realised there was very limited opportunity for clients to gather together, with disability access for group activities. In 2009 after lots of research and thought we distributed a local survey to gauge the community’s response and input to the idea of an activities room – the project was named Tic Tac Toe. The overwhelming response was positive. Planning commenced, however lack of available funding halted progress.
Through the process of the survey and advertising our intentions, TCL was gifted a room from Lions in the old primary school that is currently being used as an Activities Room. It has been highly successful. Clients enjoy music sessions, movie days, art and crafts and group meetings. With assistance from their support workers they conduct their own monthly meetings and discuss and plan activities they want to do and be involved with in their community. Other organisations that support people with disabilities or mental health issues in our community have also been invited to utilise it.
The validity of the idea has been tested and successful. Now the issue is space. When all the clients gather in the room together (many of who are in wheelchairs) the room is too small. They need more room and resources to take full advantage of their interests and talents. The platform has been provided for them to negotiate what they want to contribute to the community, now they need the space to allow their dreams to grow and to allow more opportunities for them to bridge that gap within their community.
BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY
The activities centre will increase opportunities for positive community experiences for those in our community who have disabilities and/or mental illness and their families and carers. Not just the clients of TCL, but everyone in our community could benefit.
It will be their centre, facilitated by our service. There is no building available (that we can afford to utilise) for community events that has suitable access and availability for our clients, their families and others in our region for use on a regular basis for community linking.
It is a basic human right that everyone is entitled to numerous and positive interactions with people in their community regardless of the type or degree of disability or mental illness. The activities room will help increase the profile of those in our community with disabilities and/or mental illness.
The Activities Centre will benefit the community as a whole. We can offer it to various community groups for workshops, training sessions, music/dance activities, sporting activities, social support activities, coffee mornings, fundraisers for charities…the list is endless. It would be a place where the community can come together to enjoy group activities, social support, and public information that will enrich the lives of the residents of the Tablelands.
At certain times of the year we have persistent wet weather which severely limits options for community linking. We also get severe cyclones in the far north, so the centre could be used to host a post weather event. The Centre could help address community problems such as racism, sexism, crime and violence in our community through enriching people’s lives and occupying their time with many activities that bring together diverse groups within the community. With a population of over 40,900 people on the Atherton Tablelands we believe an Activities Centre would be an enormous asset to our community.
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