Celebrating Abilites Inc. Is an established Not For profit committed to enriching the lives of our local community by providing unique and joyful physical experiences for people living with disabilities; whether it is a physical, acquired, mental health, intellectual or emotional as well as people experiencing marginalisation in their lives.
We believe that this is achievable for everyone.
We have a unique service and only one of its kind in Melbourne.
My name is Margie Cerato and I am the president and Founder of Celebrating Abilities. We are here to be of service expanding our capacity, creating change and transforming lives.
Our goal is to increase ability awareness in the community while making a difference for all our clients. We are passionate about helping adults and children celebrate who they are, accept the difference and focus on what they can achieve. Everyone’s needs, goals, and wishes are different.
We have worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years and we are passionate about helping our clients with their health wellness, fitness, exercise and rehabilitation. Celebrating Abilities is meaningful and soul-stirring work for us as its all about the heart. The aim of Celebrating Abilities is about supporting the participants with mental health, wellness programs, exercise, functional fitness, rehabilitation, wellness coaching, mindfulness, meditation, strength, and conditioning, personal training, circus aerial fitness and so much more. We have had great success with adults and children in areas of social skills, our mental health, wellness programs, fitness, personal development, anger management, mobility, coordination, balance, core stability, physical activity, and tools for keeping happy and healthy for life. Kids and adults love the circus classes. We have so much variety to offer you. Carer’s or parent/s guardians are required to come along, assist and join in.
At Celebrating Abilities, we are committed, with a variety, skills, involvement, backgrounds, and enthusiasm, to strengthen through teaching and training. We are consciously aware of all participants’ abilities and lifestyles.
The program is available to all ages from children to adults and their Carers, guardians and or parents. We are here to be of service.
We have had great success in supporting individuals with special needs, disability – whether physical, acquired, mental health, intellectual or emotional.
Our goal is to support, nurture and develop the well-being of 100’s of people a year by providing support with exercise, rehabilitation, wellness coaching, mindfulness, meditation, strength conditioning, and personal training.
Celebrating Abilities in conjunction with Vibes Fitness is committed to providing inclusive training, rehabilitation, exercise, fitness and well being by working with anyone with a disability that wants to increase their strength, flexibility, confidence, motivation, and happiness.
Benefits & Services
Our goal is to assist as many participants as possible, where they will be given the opportunity to spend three to six months or longer. Each participant is assessed individually. The application forms are on the website and must be filled in prior to commencing any session. This allows us to go over needs and medical history. Celebrating Abilities works closely with participant’s increasing their mobility and quality of life. We are recognized for our innovation, inclusive learning programs and a supportive environment for our participants.
Based on the Individuals needs and goals – Celebrating Abilities has helped clients rehabilitate their bodies with strength training, weights, Antigravity yoga, core conditioning, Pilates mat classes and Pilates reformer beds, rowing, Cardio conditioning, suspension training, personal empowerment sessions. We provide life coaching (optional) and the use of the full gym at Vibes Fitness Fitzroy. Group or Individual sessions with a personal trainer. Counselling is also available with Andrew Fuller’s team.
Celebrating Abilities is also available for the participant’s carers and families.
We track and measure the social impact of each participant (health and wellbeing) with monthly progress reports. We have the passion and vision to have an impact on our innovative programs demonstrating measurable social impact and have openness to collaboration. We are here to be of service making a long-lasting difference in the lives of our participants.
We have worked with a variety of client’s who have Mental Health Challenges, Anxiety, Depressions, MS, Intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome, Add, Adhd, Autism, Aspergers, Congenital Conditions, Stroke, Amputees, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injuries, Cancer, Small-statured people, Learning to walk again, Indigenous communities, Ptsd, LGBTQ, Disability abuse and domestic violence, fibromyalgia and many more.
Benefits for all the clients we have worked with in Celebrating Abilities via Vibes Fitness Fitzroy, Melbourne
Our Mental health and wellness programs
Nutrition Advice, education, balanced diet
Boost the immune system
Fun, playful, life-changing
Boost self-confidence and help prevent depression
Motivation and self-esteem increases
Oxygenating the blood flow improving circulation
Lowers high blood pressure – reducing the risk of developing heart disease
Promote healthy blood sugar levels to prevent or control diabetes through natural diets
Provides natural pain relief
Regular exercise in hammocks helps with the treatment of depression and anxiety
Muscle definition is improved and body fat reduced, this can help to make you feel better about your appearance
Improves strength and balance and hence reduces falls and fractures.
Improvements in quality of sleep
Promotes psychological well-being and reduces feelings of stress
Mind, Body and Spirit awareness,
Increased strength and mobility and achievement of body shape goals
Increased health and well-being through Life coaching and goal setting sessions
Weight loss – Body shaping advice to sculpt or build
Muscle rehabilitation –workshops to improve self-esteem and empower
Anxiety and Stress management — Improving resilience and overall satisfaction with life and so much more
Increased body awareness
Activating and stimulating muscles
Feeling good about yourself
Celebrating Abilities was established in January 2012. We are reliant on donations with no government funding at the moment.
Did you know? …….Just under one in five people (4.2 million people or 18.5% of Australians) reported having a disability in 2012. A further 4.7 million people (21%) had a long-term health condition that did not restrict their everyday activities. The remaining 60% of the population had neither a disability or a long-term health condition. For those people with disability, 3.7 million (88%) had a specific limitation or restriction that meant they were limited in the core activities of self-care, mobility or communication, or restricted in schooling or employment. – ABS
Your help with donations for Our Not For Profit “Celebrating Abilities” we would be eternally grateful.
We then will be able to help so many adults and kids and transform lives making a difference.
Celebrating Abilities at present funded only by Vibes Fitness Fitzroy. We are lucky to have had a couple of small grants to assist us along the way.