Children and Young People

Vacation Care is a program that runs 8am – 4pm (Monday to Friday) during the school holidays for children and young people with a disability aged (7 – 17.) Our program facilitators engage the children in fun, age appropriate, creative, and recreational & leisure programs that are fully supervised.

Junior Social is a peer support program that offers a range of centre and community based recreational activities for young people with a disability. Junior Social is for 7-12 year olds. The program runs during the school term, Saturday from 10am-1pm. The program is aimed at children and young adults with a mild to moderate disability with minimal behavioural support and/or personal care needs. The participants will have the opportunity to enhance their social skills and develop new friendships.

Youth Social is a peer support program that offers a range of centre and community based recreational activities for young people with a disability. Youth Social is for 13-17 year olds. The program runs during the school term, Thursday from 5-8pm. The program is aimed at children and young adults with a mild to moderate disability with minimal behavioural support and/or personal care needs. The participants will have the opportunity to enhance their social skills and develop new friendships.

Adults

Daily Supports Based at a Centre: MDS has fourteen community centres operating in Macarthur, Liverpool and Southern Highlands areas. Each centre provides a range of activities or you can use it as a meeting point before going out into the community in our specially modified vehicles. With support from our experienced staff we provide training and activities that interest you and meet your skills. Our staff can work with you to develop a program of your choice or you can choose from over 45 programs available each week.

MDS Social is a social based program that offers a range of centre and community based recreational activities for adults (18 years to 65 years old) with a mild to moderate disability minimal behavioral support and/or personal care needs. The program operates from various locations in the Macarthur Area (Centre based activities are held at MDS Bradbury Site) from 10.30am-1.30pm. MDS Social provides the participants with opportunities to enhance social skills & develop new friendships. Participants play a significant role in developing their own activity schedule which often incorporates arts and crafts, picnics/luncheons, shopping, movies, bingo, cooking, bowling, trivia and beauty sessions.

Mens Social Group features two groups (18-35 years and over 35 years). These groups are aimed towards participants with minimal support requirements and are able to make their own way to and from the activities. The groups will run on different days and at different times and locations.

MDS Aqua is designed to maintain mobility and health through a gentle water exercise program for people with a disability and for over 65 years. The program is held every Thursday at Eaglevale Leisure Centre. The first session is individual based and tailored to meet the individual’s needs, where the second session is a generalized group-based session. Qualified staff are on hand to assist participants to reach their goals and increase their strength and flexibility. The program is designed for relaxation, social interaction and to improve general wellbeing. All participants are invited to socialize after session at the café for cuppa or something to eat .

Senior Social is aimed at 65yrs+ and emphasises on enabling participants to live independently as possible by focusing on what their strengths are and maximising their health and wellbeing. Activities that are offered during social support vary each week to include; Gentle exercise e.g. yoga, tai chi, meditation; workshops, computer skills, Social outings e.g. luncheons, bowling. This program is aimed at 65yrs and over.

Looking for something more one on one rather than group based?

Individualised Program is a one on one tailored program where an MDS Support Worker provided in home support and/or supports you or your child to access activities in the community.
We will work with you and your child to design a service with activities of your choice and interest. Support could include:
• Support to attend movies, shopping, bowling and other recreational activities
• In-home support
• Helping with homework or study
• Support to attend remedial health services including massages
• Social support groups including discos, sporting and community events
• Support to attend various appointments