We are a multidisciplinary team with diverse experience in Social Work, Psychology, Education, Sport and most importantly the outdoors; all with the shared goal of improving well-being and life functioning in both others and ourselves. Together we take a new approach to respite care, combining spontaneous adventure with evidence based practices such as mindfulness and eco therapy with consistent evaluations of our performance. Offering relief to the primary care giver, most often Mum’s and Dads or other close family members, and making specific goals, taking what’s learned while adventuring and applying those lessons to daily routines at home.

Outdoor Therapy

Hiking is therapeutic for every person, big or small, and while getting out into nature and exercise are obvious benefits, there are numerous valuable lessons, and Adventure Respite utilises this with our clientele. All of our staff have extensive knowledge of local terrain, and therefore can assess the suitability of certain hikes for varying fitness levels. We ensure a personalised approach to the fundamental enjoyment of experiencing nature. Teaching about local flora, fauna and wild life, as well as instilling both instinctual and conscious navigational skills. Studies also show that going for a walk in nature can be effective as medication in aiding concentration. We live in a beautiful environment, and it’s important to connect with our home and gain familiarity of the wider area around us. 

Personal Fitness

While for a lot of people diet is a hard thing to control, something Adventure Respite does, is help our clients find their active passions. This can be as simple as going for walks or taking boxing classes. It could be swimming, diving, cycling, weightlifting, bowling, rock climbing. Possibilities are endless, and our staff’s patience and encouragement is always provided. While we love when new mentees have already found their active passions, for others the difficult part is finding out which one is right for them. Someone may never know or discover lifelong fun, unless they’re given the opportunity and resources to do so. We have seen tremendous success stories in our clients and as a result, we’ve helped in achieving not only fun and enjoyment, but assisted with health, longevity,  and overall mood improvement. This means a happier and well functioning home environment, which really goes a long way in making a families life easier.

About Town

Navigating busy streets, clustered transport timetables and remembering to pay correctly can be a challenging task, especially when anxiety comes into play. So for our clients, it’s important that during our time with them, we ensure they have the necessary knowledge to get about town safely. Depending on their age, this might be for cases of emergency or for helping facilitate a productive lifestyle. Whether that be meeting friends, pursuing hobbies, or getting to work. This is fundamental, and ties into our belief in the importance of gaining familiarity with our surroundings, whether that be a plain old jungle, or a concrete one. Gaining knowledge of navigation helps ease anxiety, increase independence and holds immensely positive results for the short and long term future. 


About The House

If getting active outdoors and getting out of the house is Yang, functioning inside the home and finding harmony within is Yin. Laundry routines, cleaning dishes after use, making beds—very commonly overlooked, but encourages essential organisational skills which translate to other tasks. While Adventure Respite might emphasise importance on outdoor and active endeavours, improving functionality at home is foundational to all of these things and improving home life is a form of respite in itself. Not only this, we also understand that gaming is a way for others to connect and be equal, but a moderation and a healthy balance is something we encourage and strive for in those we work with.


Companionship and Guidance

It’s not all about getting out there and being on the go, for a lot of our clients having a person they can look up to, outside of family can mean an awful lot and help harbour major personal growth. We’ve worked with dozens of people with disabilities, of different ages and genders, and what we found consistent was that their expectations and needs were all unique. Having a person to model off, or seek advice, or participate in their passions with- it builds a bond and contributes to well being, security and happiness. Adventure Respite does not take this bond lightly, and through our methods of accountability and regular self evaluations, we make sure that we are doing our absolute best, and looking out for our clients best interests.