Latrobe City Council has updated the Social Outings Guide into the Thrifty and Fun things to do in Latrobe City. There’s also a second brochure called Welcome to Latrobe City – the A –Z of Living in Latrobe.
The Social Outing Guide was originally developed as a result of a 12 month partnership between the Central West Gippsland PCP, the Gambler’s Help Program at Latrobe Community Health Service, SCOPE, Baw Baw City Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Department of Human Services, Latrobe City Council, Monash University’s Department of Rural and Indigenous Health and community representation, funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.
Social Out aims to promote a more inclusive community through providing descriptions of accessibility at a variety of public places. The guide includes sections on parks and walks, libraries, markets, opportunity shops, services, sporting facilities and transport.
It was developed in response to local Gambler’s Help counsellors observing that a number of their clients had an intellectual disability (ID) of acquired brain injury (ABI), and lacked information on suitable, accessible social spaces.
In addition to the Social Outings Guide, the working group also developed two other documents, including a resource to better explain gambling and its consequences in Easy English and a research report on the barriers and enablers of community participation for people with an ID or ABI based on focus groups conducted with their carers.