Published: 14 Oct 2015

Respite for children and young people

Kids Under Kanvas is Wesley’s respite program for children living with disability. Young people across Melbourne, aged eight to 18 years, can come together to enjoy social activities with children their age and with similar disabilities, while giving parents and carers much needed respite.

Young people with disability attend a range of activities including weekend day and overnight camps, outings and family events. Every activity is designed to help participants develop new skills and build confidence in a fun, supported environment.

As a young person, you can be involved in activities such as overnight trips to the beach or snow, museums and movies, outdoor activities like horse riding, zoo and farm visits and sports like swimming, mini golf and bowling.

All activities are led by volunteers who undertake intensive training to help them care for and respond to the needs of each child. To ensure that we have the right skills and experience in our volunteer team to support your child to participate in Kids Under Kanvas activities, please be prepared that it can take some time from your initial enquiry with us to access the program. Our team will explain the intake process to you upon enquiry.

Referrals can be made via your service provider, case manager, hospital/health care workers and/or through your local council. You can also self-refer to Kids Under Kanvas.