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SAILS turns 21
Council's Social, Activities, Interests, Leisure and Support (SAILS) program
celebrated its 21st birthday by holding an Open Day for current service
users, their carers, friends and families.
SAILS is a recreation and leisure program for older people with a disability
that encourages participants to be active in the community.
As part of the Open Day those who attended enjoyed a performance by a
local band followed by a barbeque lunch. The event was also an
opportunity for SAILS service users to share their artwork and
achievements from the past year with family and friends.
The program was originally called the Ballarat Adult Day Centre and has
been operating since March 1988. The program provided a two day adult
activity support service for older people in the community and people with
In April 1991, Council became registered as a non-residential disability
service provider and was funded for an extra half day program for people
with a disability.
In 1993, funding and program changes saw the Adult Day Centre split into
two programs, the Older Person's Program (SAILS) and the Planned Activity
Group. Around five years ago the program was renamed SAILS (Social,
Activities, Interests, Leisure and Support) and now operates five days per
week and caters for 35 people.
Some of Ballarat's most dedicated volunteers were honoured recently at a
special awards ceremony. Long Service Awards were presented to 17
volunteers who had accumulated in excess of 155 years of combined
service to Ballarat's Visitor Information Centres.
A number of the volunteers were recognised for providing five, 10 and 15
years of service. A special presentation was also made to Valerie Crimp,
who has dedicated 20 years to Ballarat's tourism industry.
Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin thanked the volunteers, telling them their
contribution to the city could not be underestimated. Each year volunteers
contribute more than 11,500 hours of their time, providing advice about
what visitors should experience while they are in the city. The volunteers
assist with everything from sourcing accommodation to recommending
places to eat and visit.
The Visitor Information Centres at the Eureka Centre and Art Gallery of
Ballarat are preparing for the busy summer school holidays, with additional
visitors expected in the city as a result of the recently launched tourism
campaign 'History Lives in Ballarat'.
Anyone who is passionate about Ballarat, has good local knowledge and
can commit to a four hour shift each week is encouraged to become a
volunteer. For further information contact Council's Coordinator of Visitor
Services Jim McConkey on 5320 5617.
Above: Council's Manager Community Care and Access Neville Ivey with clients
Eddie Maher and Rosslyn Wilson
Below: Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Schinck
with award recipients
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