Hedland Community Living Association has been serving the local community since 1996, providing vital services to people and their families living with disabilities, as well as wrap around support to the wider community.
The not-for-profit organisation has expanded so much since its inception and recently moved into its new home in South Hedland on Hedditch street, where it not only offers disability support services, but gymnastics classes to the wider community in its multi-purpose facility.
HCLA manager Nicole Reed said the move has allowed them to expand their services from not just disability support, but to helping at risk children in the community and providing a space for service providers like occupational and speech therapists to meet with clients.
“One of the things I love about HCLA is we’re all about community,” she said.
“We encourage people to have a go, get involved, grow and be the best versions of themselves they can be.”
The service recently started employing disability support workers and hiring out equipment that can assist people and their families.
It offers after school activities, family support workers, advocacy services, a respite house, cleaning, senior programs, disability transport.
Ms Reed said an exciting new feature of their new facility is their multipurpose gymnastics centre, where they offer gymnastics training for anyone wanting to develop their skills in the community.
“We’ve had amazing feedback from the community, gymnastics is definitely something they have wanted for a while,” she said.
“Gymnastics is a big part of it for us because we do like to have an inclusive space, we don’t discriminate against anyone, we’re inclusive for all abilities.”
She said moving into their new space on Hedditch Street, an old sport centre, would not have been possible without the help of their community.
“We found we were quickly outgrowing spaces,” she said.
“We secured this building a few months ago and it was a deserted building, but the community has rallied around us and got it set up.”
To find out more about Hedland Community Living Association, you can find them on Facebook.