The Turnbull Government has announced $2 million to be invested over two years to support Reclink Australia’s national program. The investment will reach out to some of the most vulnerable Australians and engage them in new sport and recreation programs that break down the barriers of isolation and promote positive life choices.
“We are grateful that the Turnbull Government is supporting an initiative that will deliver better health and social inclusion for people who truly need it” John Ballis, CEO Reclink Australia.
Founded 25 years ago with the goal of enhancing the lives of people experiencing disadvantage, including those with disability, drug and alcohol issues, homelessness or mental illness Reclink Australia is uniquely placed to engage some of the most isolated and disadvantaged people in our community by bringing all parts of the community together to create participation opportunities and deliver an activity that will break the downward spiral of self-destructive behaviours.
The funding will be used by Reclink Australia to rollout the Reclink National Program which provides team-based and individual sport and recreational programs to disadvantaged people aged between 16 and 65 years, and at-risk youth with more than 300 community organisations nationwide to develop sport and recreation programs that help people to come together and engage with others, develop core social skills and improve their general health and wellbeing.
Some of Reclink Australia’s previous activities include a 14 team AFL series across Victoria, a touch football series across South East Queensland involving 20 teams, and a learn to swim program in Tasmania for Afghan refugees.
Reclink Australia has a proven track record of excellent social outcomes, with some participants going on to take part in mainstream sports and arts programs, take up study or look for work.
The program includes wrap-around case management and access to other support services for people who need it, with an extra helping hand for those who want to go on to study or search for a job.
It will be delivered across 25 metropolitan and regional locations around Australia, providing opportunities for social engagement for up to 3000 people.