Bundaberg Library Ability Diverse Program participants were warmly welcomed at the Gracie Dixon Centre last week as the program expanded with its Let’s Make Friends initiative.
The Ability Diverse Program provides an opportunity for locals to experience the power of inclusivity and community engagement at a monthly event, which has grown in popularity since its inception in July last year.
Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said for the first time the Ability Diverse Program ventured beyond the library's walls with participants mingling with Gracie Dixon Centre patrons and making new friends.
“By bridging these two exceptional community spaces the program aims to create an environment of shared experiences, understanding and connection,” Cr Learmonth said.
“The library program has been running for almost a year now and is open to everyone.
“It’s specifically aimed toward individuals with diverse abilities offering them an opportunity to engage more meaningfully with the library and its resources.
“The event is carefully crafted to foster a sense of belonging and empowerment, providing a platform for patrons to interact with the library facilities and staff in a supportive and inclusive setting.”
Cr Learmonth said Bundaberg Library Ability Diverse sessions were held on the last Monday of every month at 10 am and included a range of activities from robotics and virtual reality to engaging stories, arts, and craft.
“These sessions are inclusive to a range of various abilities so that Bundaberg Regional Libraries are serving as much of the community as possible,” he said.
“There is no cost involved in attending these programs, which have been transforming lives since its inception in July last year.
“The focus is solely on creating an environment where individuals can thrive, discover new passions and build lasting connections within the community.”
Ability Diverse Program
When: Last Monday of each month at 10 am
Where: Bundaberg Library