Sometimes, it can be difficult to find activities that are accessible and fun. However, there are plenty of ways you can get involved in new social activities, whether from the comfort of your own home or out and about in the community.
Engaging in social activities and making new friends can be really beneficial to your health and wellbeing, not to mention, it can be lots of fun!
We’ve put a list together of 9 of the best social activities that people with disability can enjoy.
1. Movie night
Watching movies is a great way to relax and hang out with friends. Depending on your budget you can either:
- Host a movie night in – you can cosy up in the living room or even set up a home movie theatre in the backyard with an inflatable outdoor screen and projector.
- Have a night out with friends at your local cinema and have a laugh together over a bucket of popcorn.
2. Games night
Playing board games is a fun and engaging way to spend time with friends. You can have fun with a:
- Games night at home with your favourite board games such as Monopoly, Pictionary or UNO.
- Games night with a local community group or at a bar where you might just find your new favourite game and some new friends.
3. Trivia night out
Trivia nights at your local pub or restaurant are a great way to get out, enjoy a nice meal and try your luck answering some trivia questions. You can bring your own friends or perhaps join another trivia group and make new friends!
4. Visit local markets
Your local markets have so much to explore! Try out new foods, check out locally made clothes and enjoy the local entertainment.
Most markets and showgrounds list their accessibility features online.
5. Join a walking group
Going out walking is a nice, easy way to get some exercise and fresh air and can be even better with friends! You can:
6. Attend an art class
Try unleashing your inner artist and give an art class a go. You could try painting on a canvas, pottery or even a hands on mosaics and ceramics class.
To find an art class near you, try searching on a local events web page such as “Must Do Brisbane” or “What’s On Melbourne”. If you aren’t sure what class suits you best, you can look up online reviews or contact the organisers to find out if a class is suitable for you.
7. Try out a group fitness class
There are so many different classes you can try that may work for you. Check out your local council’s active and healthy program or your nearest gym’s class schedule to find classes near you. These may include:
8. Join a community theatre group
Community theatre is a great way to try something new and release your creative side in a fun, supportive environment. Check out your local community theatre to see if they need volunteers for their current show or you could even audition for the theatre’s next show!
9. Check out your local library’s programs
Libraries aren’t just for borrowing books. They are also a great hub for different learning and creative programs. You can meet new people and participate in a fun activity through one of your local library’s many weekly programs.
Our Learning and Lifestyle hubs organise activities, day trips and visits to places within your community like the local library. Each Learning and Lifestyle hub has their own calendar of activities that include cooking, fitness, virtual learning, arts, crafts and more! Attending a Learning and Lifestyle hub is a great way to meet new friends, try new things and have fun in a safe and supported environment.
If you have a goal to socialise more or get more involved in your community, our Individualised Support Services can help you to achieve this in a way that suits you.
If you want to take the first step in socialising or would like to to get out and about more, call 1800 112 112 or complete an enquiry form here.