Beyond the School Gates has reached the end of its funded period. Provided below is information on how Beyond the School Gates can continue to assist schools, community organisations and young people with intellectual disability with information, referrals and volunteering opportunities.

For the last five years, Beyond the School Gates has addressed barriers to social inclusion for young people with intellectual disability and learning differences by providing increased access to education, training, employment and community participation opportunities. During this time, more than 350 young people from schools across the Bayside, Kingston, Glen Eira and Port Philip regions have accessed over 12,000 hours of vocational, recreational, health and family support programs. Thanks must go to Berendale School, who successfully applied for the original funding, and to the BGK LLEN, who managed the initiative from its inception in 2012. Beyond the School Gates would not have been possible without the support of a wide range of community organisations, schools, local councils and business, all who gave generously of their expertise and time.

Beyond the School Gates has reached the end of its funded period and will now focus on volunteering for young people with intellectual disability and learning differences through the Hands Up! Volunteer program.

For information about Hands Up!, please contact Samantha Hewitson at samantha.hewitson@bgkllen.org.au.

Thanks to ongoing support from the BGK LLEN, Samantha will also be available as a point of contact for disability sector advice and referrals.

We would also encourage you to access the Beyond the School Gates Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/beyondtheschoolgates), which has grown over the years to become a very popular and useful port of call for parents, school staff and community organisations.