Port Phillip Council is celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) with a week-long program of events.
To mark the occasion, IDPwD flags will fly from community flagpoles at the St Kilda, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne Town Halls during the 2 to 9 December program.
Mayor Bernadene Voss said IDPwD is an important opportunity for Council to demonstrate its commitment to improving equitable participation and inclusion for all people.
“We want our City to be a place where everyone feels valued and has a positive sense of belonging. People with disability must have the same opportunities to enjoy community life,” Cr Voss said.
Highlights of the IDPwD program include:
Qigong on the lawn
When: Wednesday 4 December from 12 midday to 12.45 pm
Where: the lawn outside the portico entrance to St Kilda Town Hall, corner of Carlisle Street and Brighton Road
No booking required.
Everyone is invited to experience the many benefits of Qigong (pronounced chi-gong) for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Experienced practitioner Nicole Lee will guide you through this gentle exercise therapy and moving meditation sequence.
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle.
‘Is there no place for me? Making sense of madness’
When: Wednesday 4 December from 6.30 to 7.30 pm
Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda.
Tickets: Spaces limited and tickets are free, register for a ‘making sense of madness’.
Join author Kate Richards in conversation about her book ‘Is There No Place for Me? Making Sense of Madness’.
Almost half the Australian population will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime, yet it can be difficult to find the right treatment and stay well.
Montague: A Community Lost and Found (audio-described tour)
When: Thursday 5 December 6 to 7 pm
Where: Carlisle Street Arts Space, St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Tickets: Spaces are limited and tickets are free, booked for the Montague tour.
Take a tour of the current Montague exhibition images from the Port Phillip City Collection with qualified accessibility guide Nilgun Guven. The exhibition explores the social history of Montague, a small but distinctive enclave from the late 1860s until the 1930s in South Melbourne.
Nilgun will convey the exhibition’s many dimensions and bring the images to life through audio description.