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Making friends with dragons
Published 15 November 2016
 A group of Playford residents recently made friends with some fearsome and fast-moving dragons.

A group of Playford residents recently made friends with some fearsome and fast-moving dragons.

However, it’s not as scary as it might sound, with Friends After Hours, a group made up of adults, mostly in their early thirties, who have intellectual disability, enjoyed an excursion to the West Lakes Dragon Boating Club.

City of Playford community inclusion manager Maria Callander said the excursion was organised through Bob Moore, a volunteer driver for Friends After Hours, who is also involved with the boating club.

“The members love getting out and about and being active in the community,” Maria said.

“We really appreciate the generosity of the club, which donated its time and equipment, with 10 members assisting on the day for free.”

Maria said the West Lakes Dragon Boating Club members were very enthusiastic about sharing their pastime and the Friends After Hours group equally enjoyed the outing.

“It really was an amazing opportunity for our group,” Maria said.

Friends After Hours is a recreation program with weekly community outings, held on Saturdays, with a pick-up and drop-off from the members’ home.

The cost is $15 per outing and includes lunch and all expenses.

Meanwhile, there are also fortnightly Thursday night events (5pm to 9pm) featuring activities such as 10-pin bowling, fitness classes and cooking.

The City of Playford has a suite of disability programs and services for residents that can be accessed by the community.