A key focus of recreation respite is to increase the range of opportunities for people with disability to access mainstream recreational, sport, cultural and leisure options. These recreation options will provide opportunities for people with disability to expand social networks and participate in the same activities as their peers, whilst at the same time as providing breaks for carers, promoting greater choice and control and social connections in the broader community. Recreational respite options are person centred, understanding that people with disability have the choice to enjoy similar activities as their peers.
Recreational respite options have the dual functions of:
• Assisting the person with disability to pursue recreational activities in the broader community, including in mainstream services; and
• Providing a break for carers.
In addition to the objectives and requirements of the flexible respite policy, these respite options will:
• Support the individual to identify, implement and review recreational goals that will be the focus of their flexible respite activities;
• Support access to, and participation in, recreational, leisure, social and cultural activities in the broader community;
• Overcome obstacles to inclusion through providing the level of support required, practical strategies to address any barriers to participation and negotiating access and support needs with mainstream recreation providers;
• Maximise use of informal and unpaid supports, including volunteers, and allowing for formal supports to withdraw over time, if appropriate; and
• Be culturally sensitive and inclusive.