Access Recreation Inc. has over 30 years of knowledge and experience providing support for people with a disability within Rockhampton and the surrounding areas. Being a local organisation, we are rich in knowledge and networks that have been developed over many years of providing services and working in collaboration with our community. We believe in providing holistic support, respecting choices and empowering people to achieve their goals and dreams. Access Recreation Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation, offering support to any person with a disability aged from 7-65 years. We are always striving to improve the quality of life of the people we support and foster their independence. We pride ourselves on matching the right lifestyle support workers with the right participants. We embrace all people with disabilities and provide support ranging from personal care through to high and complex needs.
Our Vision, Mission and Values are the guiding light for our organisation and are at the core of our disability services.
To be a recognised, prominent provider of high-quality personalised support to individuals, their families and carers.
To provide quality, flexible supports enabling people to achieve their goals.
We believe everybody should be able to express their views or preferences, and have the right to make a decision.
We help build inclusive communities, facilitating connections and breaking down barriers.
We help create a positive future for all by creating opportunities and taking worthwhile risks.
We support and develop our staff and those who govern our organisation so they can meet the changing needs of the people who access our services.
We are open and honest in all that we do and strive to earn the trust of those around us.
We continually seek solutions to challenges and are open to new ideas.
We work hard for our stakeholders and are responsible for ensuring the organisation always maintains high standards.
Local Knowledge, Local Impact
We use our local influence to raise awareness of the rights, needs and abilities of people living with disabilities so that individuals can actively participate in the community and achieve their full potential.
The concept of Access Recreation Inc. dates backs to 1988 when two employees of the then Intellectual Handicap Service identified the Commonwealth Disability Service Act 1986 as an avenue to address the social void in the lives of people with a disability. After much discussion with other organisations and many hours of research, a submission was lodged to the Disability Services Branch of the Commonwealth Department of Community Services and Health in the spring of 1988. The submission was to establish a Recreation service for adults with a disability in the Central Queensland region. Formal acceptance of the submission was received in December 1988 and the service commenced operation in April 1989 under the guidance of a steering committee of several referral agencies. Access Recreation Inc. has grown substantially and is now an independent, non-profit organisation which provides services to people of Rockhampton and the surrounding district. A voluntary Board of Management is responsible for the stewardship of the organisation. Access Recreation Inc. is one of the very few organisations in the region that boasts local origins. The motivation and values that supported the initial concept remain steadfast in all that we do – Every person, irrespective of their disability who wishes to, can access and participate in all aspects of community life in the same way as every other person. “Presence without participation can be more isolating than no presence at all” Quass & Fraser “Beyond the Ramp” report 1994 p 44.
Access Recreation Inc. is governed by a Board of Management, drawn from the local Rockhampton community. Our Board are advocates and champions for the rights of all people with a disability. All members volunteer their skills and expertise and are responsible for setting the strategic direction for Access Recreation Inc., approving budgets and monitoring performance and compliance obligations on behalf of members by whom the Board members are elected and to whom they are accountable. Board activities are aimed at the delivery of quality services to people living with disabilities in the Rockhampton area and ensuring that the Organisation remains focused on its Mission Statement.