Creating adventure, relaxation, fun, health and wellbeing through social and recreational activities
George Gray Centre provides a range of activities to suit you and we specialise in supporting people of all ages and disabilities and believe that anything is achievable.
You will find some of our most popular recreational activities listed below, however if you would prefer to enjoy an activity on your own, we can assist with that too.
We are here to support you with whatever goal you want to achieve.
Independent Living Skills
The GGC Independent Living Skills programs provide opportunities for people to build on their existing skills through activities designed to increase daily living skills including the following:
- household tasks such as cooking and cleaning
- community based skills such as visiting the doctor, paying rent and shopping.
- Money skills
-Health and Well-being and
- Personal and social developments
Photography Film and Fun
Photography, film and fun was developed for participants who may like to explore a new hobby or develop skills in photography. There is a focus on art development through photography. Clients will learn how to use a digital Camera, how to take an interesting photo, through subject matter and composition. Clients will enjoy accessing the local environment to take photo’s which benefits health and wellbeing.
George Gray are lucky enough to have access to a fully resourced workshop, the Mates Shed located at the Sale Men’s Shed is a large shed that is a hive of activity with many projects happening. You may see people creating group projects or working on individual projects. There is always something ‘on the go’ inside the Shed and new ideas being suggested by our team!
The relaxed, friendly environment welcomes opportunities for all to share a cuppa and a chat, socialising whilst undertaking projects.
Most recently the group created some wooden swords for the Stratford Upon Avon Shakespeare festival.
The Green Thumbs programs aim to build environmental awareness and plant identification skill.
By participating in the Green Thumbs program at GGC we hope participants develop an understanding of the responsibilities involved with being a valued volunteer in our organisation. This program also promotes the building of practical skills. Currently this program is working towards beautifying the entrance foyer at our Maffra campus.
Work Ready Courses
Our Work Ready Courses focus on developing and supporting pre-vocational and work readiness skills, while acquiring work and social skills to build confidence.
The programs are aimed at individuals to assist the transition to either supported or open employment, or vocational or higher education.
The objectives of participating in these courses include:
Work Readiness, including work skills, resume building, presentation and interview skills
Certificate 1 in work readiness training
Assistance and enrolment into suitable Vocational & Educational Training
Money Management Skills
Independent Living Skills development
GGC partner with various local organisations to deliver suitable training to GGC participants.
Riding for the Disabled
The primary objective of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is to provide people with a disability, the opportunity to ride and enjoy all the activities connected with horse riding. Riding for people with a disability is both therapeutic and recreational and RDA is in fact one of the few organisations who offer a multi-diagnostic service, catering for people with a wide range of disabilities.
The objectives of RDA are to encourage, support and assist Centres to provide riding therapy, sport, recreation, training and safety programs for people with disabilities. RDA programs in horse riding, carriage driving, dressage, cater for people with all kinds of disability including intellectual disabilities, specific learning disorders, injuries resulting from accidents, cerebral palsy, psychiatric disorders, spinal bifida, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, thalidomide, visual and hearing impairments, autism and amputees.
Horse riding is a unique form of exercise and rehabilitation. The complex movement of the horse helps to improve coordination, balance, muscular development and fitness. Horse riding and horse related activities assist greatly and often dramatically in the development and restoration of personal confidence, self-esteem, communication skills, leadership and trust. For people with challenging behaviour, horses offer a powerful medium for restoring a sense of personal control, which significantly improves behaviour towards family, carers and friends.
In this activity participants will learn about different ways to get fit and healthy, build core strength, and body toning through Zumba dance moves. Additionally, this activity will give participants the opportunity to learn routines through repetition. You will also enjoy the chance to socialise and interact with each other while learning to appreciate Zumba dancing.
Ten pin bowling is a fun and exciting game where individuals have the opportunity to participate in a competitive game in a safe environment. The art of bowling has been around for many years and it brings together many people from all ages and abilities where they can participate in a loud and colourful sensory environment.
Ten pin bowling provides the opportunity to improve your gross motor skills and hand and eye coordination skills. It also provides the opportunity for lots of helping roles and the development of social skills, such as taking turns, encouraging others and patience.
Swimming has a range of health benefits and the GGC Swimming Program makes sure every one of them is covered. Swimming can improve your physical health, your strength and endurance as well as your gross motor skills and coordination. Swimming also has an amazing therapeutic and sensory affect allowing relaxation and stimulation of the senses at the same time.
Our qualified Swimming Instructor oversees all of the swimming groups and ensures everyone who participates has their own individual program and are working towards achieving their own swimming goals. Participants will learn to be safe in the water or improve their stroke accuracy and speed in the more advanced swimming groups.
Swimming ensures there is a low impact on your joints to ensure that you feel supported at all times within the water. GGC accesses two different community swimming pools so there are options for participants depending on their support needs. GGC is able to support participants who require hoisting and transferring to swim. We also have access to a Hydrotherapy pool should you require it for rehabilitation and well-being
The Swimming program also enables staff to support the participants to increase their independence with personal hygiene, through showering before and after the swimming sessions and grooming essentials such as dressing and hair.
Participants at George Gray have the opportunity to access Gyms in our local community. Participants are always supported by GGC staff to build fitness and strength in a safe environment. This program helps to improve gross and fine motor skills.
Participants will explore our beautiful local environment including national parks in the area. Engaging with this activity gives the participants the opportunity to increase well-being and fitness and allows them to get out into nature and interact with peers.
Ladies of Leisure
This Ladies group gather weekly to enjoy socialising with friends. The group also participate in Art and Craft including sewing with Jenny B. The ladies regularly head out in the community for a coffee and cake. The ladies are also lucky enough to engage in pampering activities.
Opportunity for older people to gather and enjoy individualised projects in a safe environment
Engage in community activities at gentle pace.
Thank God it’s Friday
This activity gives participants an opportunity to celebrate the end of the week through song and dance. Participants will have the opportunity to socialise with friends at the centre or go and visit local establishments and hang out with mates.
Participants will learn about the history, rules, fitness training, sports etiquette, and other fundamentals that are involved with the sport.
Participants will train and have the opportunity to play their sport competitively.
The Funky Beats Choir
The Funky Beats choir is facilitated by local musician Anita Henson. Participants will enjoy singing & performing in a fun and welcoming environment
Participants can increase self-confidence through performance. Most recently The Funky Beats Choir have performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Bond St Centre and many local Aged Care facilities. The group are currently in the process of writing their own song whilst experimenting with different musical instruments.
When participating in this activity clients will have the opportunity to enjoy various sensory experiences in a relaxed and peaceful environment. Participants will enjoy storytelling through multiple senses and the chance to interact with the Active to Touch technology.
Art and Craft/ Fibre Art
GGC is a wonderful creative environment that offers the opportunity to explore through different art and craft processes. This program encourages participants to explore their creative side using different art techniques and tools. The activities can be individualised to the abilities and talents of the Participants. It enables sensory benefits, develops social skills with fun group projects and develops fine motor skills in a creative environment encouraging increased confidence in self through expression. The participants regularly exhibit their completed works at various Art Spaces in the area including the Sale gallery.
This is an amazing opportunity for individuals to join the George Gray Centre Drama group.
During the sessions clients will learn various drama routines, focusing on self-expression, self-esteem, team building and a range of tools to use to express different emotions.
This is a fun filled day where individuals can act out in a safe environment and increase their total wellbeing. Most recently our group performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Bond Street Event Centre.
This activity creates opportunities for learning through recreational fishing. Participants learn safety management when fishing with peers. The group explore the local areas and access various recreational fishing environments.
This is a fun and active martial arts class with instructor John Woodin. Participants will develop fitness and strength in a safe and supportive environment. Instructors will support participants to develop a range of martial arts sequences.
Jenny B is a very well-known local Embroidery, quilting and sewing tutor who regularly visits GGC to assist our clients with their individual projects.
This class offers creativity and an opportunity get your hands busy and create and relax with this fun class. All materials are provided.