By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on June 13, 2019
AN ALBANY man living with a severe physical and mental disability, epilepsy, scoliosis and dislocated hips has created an activity group so people of all abilities can have fun and be creative.
Alan Brenton, 34, is holding an information session for Al’s FlyinHi Activity Club on June 18 at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre (ALAC) to give potential club members an insight into the club and a chance to sign up.
Mr Brenton’s mother Kathy Scott said the club’s values were “fulfilled, adaptive, inclusive, respectful and supportive”.
“Years ago, we’d go out with Alan and fly kites and he loved it,” she reflected.
“But no agency we were involved with was interested in starting any kind of social or activity club, so last year, we decided we’d do it ourselves.”
Al’s FlyinHi Activity Club will offer dance, kite flying and puppet theatre classes to people aged 15 years and older.
The club will mark Mr Brenton’s first step into the business world.
“It’s been really fun working with Alan to do this,” Ms Scott said.
“We’ve never done anything like this before – making our own kites and all the paperwork.
“But the main thing is creating something people of all abilities can be a part of; there was nothing for Alan to do before.”
Ms Scott said the club would not tolerate discrimination and was very adaptable to people’s suggestions.
She hopes the club can host a concert after 20 weeks of the program to show the community what skills club members had learned.
The June 18 information session at ALAC will commence at 12.30pm and wind up at 2.30pm.
Any enquiries about the group can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org