Improving Camden disability services & facilities for people with disabilities throughout most of the South-west Sydney region …
Camden is in the south-west of Sydney; it is both a historic township and the administrative centre for the local government region of Camden Council. Camden is a beautiful part of Greater Sydney and rich with natural features and parklands. It is, also, full of both indigenous and European settlement history. The clash between these two civilisations encapsulated what occurred around what was then known as New Holland. The Gandangara people, were one of several indigenous tribes who had lived in this part of our island continent for thousands of years. John Macarthur, one of the most famous names in the Squattocracy, was allocated land through the sponsorship of Lord Camden, hence the naming of Camden. He would become the ‘Father of the Wool Industry’ and Australia would ride on the sheep’s back for more than a century.
Camden is relatively sparsely populated in Sydney terms; and the make-up of its several thousand residents are primarily Anglo-Australian. Camden Council reports that according to the 2011 Census, 3.9% of the population of the Camden Local Government Area are in need of assistance with their core activities. Camden Council has put together a Disability Inclusion Plan for 2013-2017. This outlines the council’s targets for improving Camden disability services and facilities for those with disabilities throughout the region.
Disability Macarthur has been helping those in need within Camden for a number of years. The organisation helps children and adults with disabilities, and their families. They offer programs which combine therapeutic outcomes with enjoyment. For so many families dealing with disability, life can be hard work without respite or support. Disability Macarthur provides these key ingredients to families such as those in Camden and throughout the south-western suburbs of Sydney. Their clients and associated carers discover socialisation, growing confidence, increased independence and general life skills.
It is organisations like Disability Macarthur that reinforce the message to those in need, living in Camden, that you do not stand alone. Community is more than a buzzword to bandied about, it is real things that bring people together. In this case, it is community for those living with disability and their families. Flexible respite options are provided to give supported breaks to all those involved. Peer Support programs offers respite for parents and carers. If those that care are not looked after, how will they effectively look after those in their care? Disability Macarthur provide this essential service in this part of Sydney.