Recreation and Social Skills


A Sporting Chance

This is an inclusive sport and physical education programme structured for young individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A Sporting Chance helps the participants learn the language, rules and skills of a variety of sports that are commonly played in Australian schools.

Contact: Mr John Doherty, Case Manager/Teacher of Physical Education,
Girton Grammar School, Bendigo
Phone: 03 5441 3114



Bendigo Cinema





CreateAbililty is a contemporary arts company based in Bendigo, Victoria. We create new work across diverse visual and performance based practices. CreateAbility was established in 2002 with the purpose of providing opportunities for people with disability to engage with contemporary arts practice and to present their work publicly. Since then we have developed partnerships and working relationships with artists, arts organisations and community groups that are interested in developing inclusive practices that represent the diversity of our community.

Contact: Golden City Support Services 
Phone: 5434 2777

I CAN Network

The I CAN Network runs camps for young people on the Autism Spectrum. I CAN offers three types of camps:

  • Teens camps (3) for young people in Years 7-9 at school or if not attending school are the equivalent age (approximately 12-15 yrs). Two of these camps are located at the Doxa Camp in Malmsbury, Victoria and the remaining camp is at Kangaroobie Camp in Princetown, South West Victoria
  • Teens camp for young people in Years 8-11 at school or if not attending school are equivalent age (approximately 14-17). This camp is located at Kindilan, a PGL Adventure Campsite in Redland Bay, Queensland.
  • Young Adults camp for young people approximately 16-20 yrs. This camp will be located at Camp Cooriemungle in Cooriemungle, South West Victoria.

All are three day residential camps. Personal development is a big focus of our camps, and we spend the three days building the social network of young people on the Autism Spectrum, developing leadership skills and empowering them with an ‘I CAN’ attitude.

For details about the camps click on I CAN.


Interchange Loddon-Mallee Region Inc.

The latest newsletter and program flyers for the following groups can be found on the link below:

  • Adult Social Group
  • Youth Social Group
  • Teenage Social Group
  • School Holiday Programs and Camps
  • Under 6 Playgroup


Latrobe Lifeskills

Participants can choose to access NDIS funded supports, accredited training or both. Some of the supports offered at Lifeskills Bendigo include:
• Travel training
• Budgeting
• Cooking
• Recreation
• Communication skills, and more!

Get in touch to discuss how Lifeskills can provide supports to suit your individual needs.

Please note that accredited training for 2018 is currently wait-listed.

Contact: (03) 94791474



MyTime groups are free support for people caring for children (up to 16) with disabilities. Groups aren’t diagnosis specific, and you can come even while going through the diagnosis process. You can even bring along children below school age.
Coordinator: Helen Cheney
Ph: 1300 658 873


Riding For The Disabled

RDA’s programme provides opportunities for physically and intellectually disadvantaged people of all ages to enjoy friendship, fun and a sense of achievement, be part of team, learn new skills, ride alongside able-bodied peers and family, as well as compete and be involved in integrated sports.



Righteous Pups

Righteous Pups Australia (formerly Righteous Pups Bendigo) is a not for profit organisation with a mission to raise, socialize and train Autism Assistance Dogs to do a variety of practical tasks for children aged between 3- 15 years with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The impact each dog makes on the life of their recipient is priceless, giving recipients a greater level of independence, self-esteem and an overall improvement in psychological well-being and quality of life.The AAA (Access for All Abilities) is a wonderful inclusive program offered through Sports  Focus.

Phone: (03) 5445 6036



Sports Focus

Sports Focus is funded by Sport and Recreation Victoria to deliver the Access for All Abilities program across the Loddon Campaspe region. Through this program, Sports Focus works with clubs to develop inclusive sport and recreation opportunities and environments for people of all abilities. Sport such as football for people with an Intellectual Disability.

Sailability Bendigo

Sailability operates in numerous countries throughout the world, through activities at 350 local Sailability clubs. Sailability is a “not for profit”, volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability, the elderly, the financially and socially disadvantaged.

Bendigo Yacht Club and Cairn Curran Sailing Club are proud to offer Sailability Bendigo in partnership with Sports Focus and the Support Service Agencies in the area.

Sailability is on the 1st Wednesday of each month April – Sept.

14 Nolan Street,
Bendigo, VIC, 3550
Ph: (03) 5442 3101