It’s the school holidays! You might be interested to know that our sites in South Australia run a popular School Holiday Group Program for children with disability and we have places available. This program offers a range of fun, interactive play opportunities designed for children of all ages to be happy, active and engaged. It also enables parents to continue working or enjoy some well-deserved downtime. 

A young girl enjoying a music and dance class. She is raising a tambourine high above her head.

With a variety of activities both inside the centre and days out in the community, children who attend will be able to make friends, develop social and communication skills as well as gain a greater appreciation for the world around them. 

Our School Holiday Group program is currently available at our Melrose Park, Salisbury, Kadina and Port Pirie sites.  

More about the program 

The program involves group activities that usually last for two hours. Groups are facilitated by either an Allied Health Professional (such as a speech pathologist, behaviour support practitioner or occupational therapist) or an Allied Health Assistant.  

Activities can include arts and crafts, cooking, health and wellness, as well as music and dance. These activities have been designed to allow participants to practice skills they may be developing in their support services within a safe and fun environment. 

A desk of arts and crafts supplies. A young child is nearby picking one up for their project.

“We encourage everyone who attends to get involved,” explains Jazmyn, one of our Behaviour Support Specialists based in Port Pirie. “And you don’t need to be a client of The Benevolent Society to come along. Just be sure to check that your child is eligible to attend the session they’re interested in as some activities do have age limits.” 

Many activities can also be covered with NDIS funding, although there is also an option to pay out of pocket if you’re not receiving NDIS funding. 

“You’ll also want to be mindful of who is facilitating the session as there are differences in cost depending on the facilitator,” adds Jazmyn. 

Two young children playing with dinosaur cutouts that are stuck to the wall.

Sessions facilitated by Allied Health Professional are $193.99 per person, whilst sessions facilitated by Allied Health Assistants are $86.79 per person. 

Each school holiday program has a set of different activities and differs from the previous terms. For the most up-to-date listings of activities please get in touch with your usual contact at The Benevolent Society, email reception.sa@benevolent.org.au or call our Support Centre on 1800 236 762