Bring on 2021 - the year for local travel

3 December, 2020

At the November meeting, the South West Regional Network reflected on 2020 and planned for 2021. The Network reflected how moving meetings from face-to-face through Zoom, an online teleconferencing platform, was valuable to meet new people and stay connected in the challenging lockdown times. The group has expanded from Geelong to the south west region of Victoria, and has welcomed members from Warrnambool, Hamilton and individuals who had a connection to the south west region or to the meeting’s topic. Zoom has also enabled people to still participate in the meetings by joining and leaving at a time that suits them.

The Network also discussed travelling tips, as many are planning to travel regularly again or travel for the first time in many years. Here are some of their tips:

  • Sargood on Collaroy (Sydney) and Spinal Healthy Living (Cairns) have specialist staff and fully accessible accommodation to encourage people with SCI to live independent. They support individuals to try something new, whether that is new hobbies, return to work or study, travelling, starting a family, and more.

  • The travel website has a new search function for accessible hotels, however it is still valuable to call the hotel directly for measurements than to rely on photos. Ask for measurements and photos, especially for bathroom and bedroom. website

  • Hoists can be rented if the accommodation does not offer one, or you can bring your own portable hoist. Your funding body may be able fund an OT that specializes in travel to organise a rented hoist to be delivered/ returned to accommodation – though this does take time to coordinate.

  • Travel agents specialising in organising travel for people with disability travel are helpful resources, especially if you don’t know where to start. TravAbility is one of many specialist travel agents in Australia.

  • AQA Spire has a database of accommodation, travel spots, and tips that our community members have tried and recommend. Contact us via phone or email for details.

For 2021, the Network agreed to have a mixture of Zoom meetings on special topics with guest speakers, and face to face meetings for social outings.

Potential topics include:

  • Assistive technology

  • ParaGolfer

  • Sailing

  • Table tennis

  • Exercise

  • Osteoporosis prevention/ management

  • Tenpin bowls

  • Lawn bowling

  • Funding bodies

  • Travel tips

For the last meeting of 2020, the Network is looking forward to catching up face-to-face! Understandably, distance can make it harder for everyone to meet in person. In 2021, The Network is looking to combine Zoom and face-to-face meetings to make these meetings as inclusive as possible. Your feedback and involvement will be valued.

Details of our next event

Wednesday, 16 Dec 2020

12:30 PM

Royal Geelong Yacht Club

25 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong VIC 3220

Available on surrounding streets

End of year face-to-face social lunch

Spire at 9489 0777 (toll free 1800 999 128) or [email protected]

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