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Wonderland Awaits at Willochra Camp For Kids

Children living with disabilities will experience all the fun of a winter wonderland this week, at one of Cara’s annual Camps for Kids.

The camp, taking place in Willochra from Tuesday, July 18 to Friday, July 21, allows children and teenagers with disabilities to experience adventure, fun and try new things.

The camp, now in its third year, will host 20 campers aged 10 to 17, with the support of 20 student volunteers from Trinity College Gawler as well as Cara’s expert support staff.

The campers will get to experience a variety of different activities including lunch with the Port Pirie Lions and a visit to Gladstone Gaol. Campers will also be browsing local op-shops for a winter wonderland disco dressup for the final evening celebrations.

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Camp fun is an annual event for girls with disabilities in Clare

All aboard the fun train! Girls and teenagers with disabilities will be visiting the Clare Valley Model Trains tomorrow from about 10.30am as one of the fun activities for children of all abilities at Cara’s annual Camps for Kids.

It’s one of the traditions of the annual camp, which happens with the fantastic support of Lions Club of Clare as well as other local organisations and businesses.

Camps for Kids team leader Kelsey Ulstrup says “the Clare Lions Club are the foundation of this camp, they organise all the activities and provide all the food. We are so grateful for their support”.

Volunteers from the Clare Valley Model Trains donate the service to the campers, volunteers and Cara staff and it’s one of the highlights of the camp. Also on the agenda is a visit to the Blyth Cinema, which is fully booked out for Cara’s campers and also donated.

This camp in Clare is for girls only as another camp in January, the Jack Roberts Camp, is for boys only. For the rest of the year, boys and girls attend Cara camps together.

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Sensory & Adventure Garden officially opens in Port Augusta

People of all abilities will be able to enjoy Cara’s new Sensory & Adventure Garden after it officially opens in Port Augusta West tomorrow (Friday, November 18) from 10.30am.

The Sensory & Adventure Garden was voted for by the community in the Fund My Idea round, with $20,000 in funding granted from the Government of South Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA).

The garden has grown in the yard of one of Cara’s disability respite houses in Port Augusta West, creating a sensory oasis to delight people of all abilities. Among the garden’s features is a sensory path with different textures, so anyone walking or using a wheelchair can feel the change in the terrain. There’s a wall of sound where garden-goers can create their own beautiful, unique noise, scented plants to close the eyes and inhale, a water feature with trickling brook, trampoline, water and sand play, vegetables in raised garden beds and a swing to while away the hours.

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The Good Guys Mile End introduce Australia-first ‘Quiet Hour’ shopping for people with autism and sensory overload

The TVs will be switched off, the fluorescent lights dimmed and its music lowered, as The Good Guys Mile End trials its first ever ‘Quiet Hour’ of shopping this Saturday, June 4 from 8.30am to 9.30am at the Mile End Homemaker Centre, off Railway Tce, Mile End.

Recognising that the average shopping experience can be overwhelming for someone with autism, The Good Guys Mile End is partnering with Cara, one of South Australia’s largest disability-services providers, to make shopping more inclusive in what’s believed to be a national first.

Staff from Cara’s Specialist Services team have worked with The Good Guys team members to make shopping at The Good Guys a more calming experience.

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Cara Camp for Kids in Port Lincoln in May

From horse and carriage rides, swimming with creatures of the deep or a friendly BBQ, Port Lincoln and Tumby Bay people, clubs and businesses have thrown their support behind Cara’s annual Camp for Kids.

The camp, taking place in Port Lincoln from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30, allows Eyre Peninsula children and teenagers who have disabilities to experience adventure, fun and try new things.

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New look for Cara

Cara, one of South Australia’s largest disability-services providers, celebrates 21 years of operation with a refreshed look.

It comes as Cara expands to provide services in the Yorke Peninsula and the South East, supporting adults with disabilities in Kadina and Mt Gambier.

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