In NSW, RSL DefenceCare runs RSL Active, a program encouraging working-age veterans and current members of the Australian Defence Force to be active in their communities (RSL Active is the new name for adaptive sports).
On discharge, members transition from the structure of the ADF to a new environment with limited understanding of their needs. Some have experienced trauma through their service; others suffer physical and mental injuries and illness.
RSL Active provides a sporting program in a safe and welcoming environment to help those veterans who have suffered injuries and illnesses as a result of their service. It also provides a safe and welcoming environment for families.
The programs of RSL Active allow veterans to participate in competitive sports, encourage physical fitness and activity and offer informal peer to peer support and coaching. These programs are part of RSL DefenceCare's welfare support.
RSL Active's programs include adaptive sports programs and activities through relationships with Soldier On - Sans Limities (Canada) and Help for Heroes (UK).
Current activities include:
- Rowing and Kayaking trips
- Walking groups
- Camping trips, social outings
- Adaptive sports and pathways to the Invictus Games
- Wheelchair rugby and basketball
- Peer-to-peer support through sport, recreation and healthy lifestyle
Activities are dependent on donations and external funding received.
Donations are welcome and cover the costs of purchasing and storing sporting equipment (often specially modified), participation in Adaptive Sport programs and the Invictus Games, transport to and from venues and other costs associated with veteran participation.
To make a donation to RSL Active please click here
If you have any enquiries or would like to know more about RSL Active please email firstname.lastname@example.org