The Forbes Shire Council hosted their second annual pool party to celebrate the International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD). Swimming, music and dance, yoga, painting and many more activities were on offer for party guests on Tuesday at Forbes Olympic Swimming Pool.
The party provided a chance for care providers to mingle, network and share ideas with each other in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
The party guests with a disability were also able to meet and socialise with a diverse range of people whom they wouldn’t always have access to. While the event was one of joy and inclusivity there was also a very practical side of it with the networking opportunities.
Carers and family joined their family, friends and clients with a disability in and around the pool for games, activities and food, all provided by Forbes Shire Council and friends of Council.
Forbes Deputy Mayor Jenny Webb attended and spoke about the importance of showing Forbes disabled residents that “they feel very special in our community while raising awareness within the community on how special they are to us.”
The event aims to break down barriers within the community by acknowledging differences between people and appreciating each person’s unique value in Forbes.
The party served as a wonderful example of how the Council, residents and care agencies value, include and appreciate the residents of Forbes and surrounding areas who live with a disability.