Celebrate Newcastle’s Inclusiveness & Accessibility at Count Us In Festival

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With over 30 events and activities across the city, City of Newcastle’s Count Us In Newcastle festival is a celebration of Newcastle’s inclusiveness and accessibility.

Delivered in partnership with Community Disability Alliance Hunter and other community and business groups, the festival is over two weeks of events and activities that focus on inclusion, access and a broad community conversation.  

The program has a strong focus on inclusive events for the whole family including fishing at Hunter Wetlands, low sensory and inclusive exhibition and science experiences at Newcastle Museum and captioned outdoor cinema experiences.

The festival kicks off Friday with a Beauty and the Beast (captioned) outdoor cinema at Museum Park.  Throughout the duration of the festival be sure to participate in key family friendly events including the Joblink Plus Family Fun Day at Blackbutt Reserve and the Families Supporting Families Inclusive Disco.

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Some event highlights include:

Movies in Museum Park

Bring a picnic rug or chairs and enjoy an outdoor movie in Museum Park which will include closed captions. This event is part of the Autumn Alive festival and best of all, it is free. Food and drinks available on site. The movie runs from 6pm – 9pm (Movies starts around 6:30pm. The movies will run on Friday 13 May and Friday 20 May.

Accessible Fishing at the Wetlands

Learn and enjoy fishing on the accessible platform at the Wetlands, experience the relaxation of the natural environment, view the reptiles and other displays. The session runs from 10am to noon at Hunter Wetlands Centre, 1 Wetlands Place, Shortland and will run on Monday 16 May, Thursday 19 May and Monday 23 May. Bookings/Enquiries Contact Bruce via email marketing@wetlands.org.au

Earthen Rhythms Drum Workshop

Join in the fun and experience this drum workshop/circle. Earthen Rhythms has provided thousands of drum workshops and these are delivered in an inclusive way so everyone can benefit from the joy of music and team work. Sessions run from 10:30am to 11:30am in Hamilton on Monday 16 May, 2:30pm-3:30pm in Waratah on Tuesday 24 May and from 2:30pm to 3:30pm on Thursday 26 May at Civic Bar in Newcastle. Contact Benjie on  0407 177 564 for more information.

Newcastle Transport Travel Experience Day

This day will assist customers become more familiar with public transport. Practice boarding a tram, bus or ferry in a static situation. Build travel confidence and chat to staff to find out more about how we can assist.  The session runs from 10am-12noon on Thursday 19 May at Newcastle Interchange, Stewart Avenue. To book, complete the registration form.

Enjoy a family fun day at Blackbutt Reserve on Saturday 21 May from 11am to 2pm including visiting the animal enclosures at  Carnley Avenue. This is a great opportunity for people with disabilities, carers and family members to enjoy a day out. Talk to Joblink Plus in a casual environment about services they provide to assist people get job ready and also get into the workforce. For more information contact veronica.matheson@joblinkplus.com.au

Accessible Science Table at the Museum

Join in the fun and get into science on Thursday 26 May and Saturday 28 May from 10am to noon at Newcastle Museum. Come and chat with Catherine our Scientist and try some hands-on activities. It’s free and fun. No bookings required.

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Alice’s Wonderland Low Sensory Exhibition Experience at the Museum

Come and experience the new exhibition of Alice’s Wonderland (aimed at primary school children) as a special session from 9am to 10am before Newcastle Museum officially opens on Saturday 28 May. There will be no crowds and no special effects lighting or sounds. This is a paid for entry exhibition.

Families Supporting Families Inclusive Disco

Families Supporting Families along with Chance2Dance are hosting a fun afternoon of dance and disco from 3pm to 5pm at Nobbys Beach Surf Life Saving Club House on Saturday 28 May. The event will include some performance pieces and also lots of opportunity to move and enjoy the music. A social event for people with disabilities, families and significant others. For bookings/enquiries,  contact Eilis Corrigan on Ph 0437 310 288 or email info@familiessupportingfamilies.com

For a full program of events and activities and booking information, visit City of Newcastle’s website.

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