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Promoting social participation & independence of individuals living with disability

Project details

Who will benefit from this project?



How will the funding be spent?

Funding will be spent on accessible accommodation, accessible transport to get to and from the campsite and includes a day trip out, courier hire to transport essential mobility and medical equipment for participants while on camp, disability equipment hire, catering, campsite activities and all training expenses for volunteer carers. Carers will volunteer their time during this camp, reducing the cost of such an event (total of 750 paid hours will be saved).

How will the project be delivered?

The project will be delivered from the 1st- 4th of September 2017 for individuals living with a neuromuscular condition aged between 18-30years and will be held at a campsite located in the Adelaide Hills. Correspondence to recruit volunteer carers and participants will commence three months prior to the event date. Volunteers will attend specialised training to support participants. Participants and volunteers will attend the camp for the duration with two MDSA staff facilitating the event.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

15 participants & 15 volunteer carers. Given this group of conditions are rare, numbers will reflect this.

How will you measure the impact of this project?

Measurement of the project will include:
Meeting expected numbers of participants and volunteers. Keeping in mind the vulnerable nature of this client group.
Ongoing client consultation with the target group will assist in the preparation and development of a specialised and client focused program to increase success of the event.
At the conclusion of the event feedback will be sought through an anonymous survey provided to both participants and volunteers. The survey will aim to capture information such as confidence levels and capacity building (has this informed/assisted participants with accessing future community services/activities). The aim is to also capture ways on improving Camp YOLO.
Informal recording of impact e.g social media, statements from participants, continuation of networks built at Camp YOLO beyond the event.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

Camp YOLO empowers people with disability as participants & carers feel:
Connected - to others by building vital networks & friendships.
Grow – develop self-esteem, communication skills, confidence and independence.
Build – Participants get time to build their own community network & have an opportunity to engage with the wider community.
Belong – Campers who have attended similar camps stated they feel a sense of belonging as the participants have similar life experiences.

Project details

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Organisation details

Organisation Name

Muscular Dystrophy South Australia

What does this organisation do?

Muscular Dystrophy is the name given to a group of rare neuromuscular conditions that cause progressive and irreversible weakness and wasting of the muscles. Muscular Dystrophy South Australia (MDSA) is a not for profit organisation providing support & specialised services to individuals living with neuromuscular conditions & their families/carers throughout South Australia & Northern Territory. We are a whole of life service and individualise supports to the changing needs of clients and their families. We strive to promote our clients’ overall well being & independence through provision of services including counseling, advocacy, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, social events, speech therapy, equipment loan, camps & retreats etc. We are determined to see a world free of Muscular Dystrophy therefore we are participating in sponsoring, advocating for and promoting research into causes, cures and treatments.


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