The Arc of Greater Plymouth is dedicated to providing quality social, educational, athletic and recreational experiences to people of all ages and abilities. Activities are designed to promote independence; develop communication and like skills; maximize community inclusion and encourage awareness related to health and well-being. Community and business partnerships have provided opportunities to offer new and exciting classes and include but are not limited to the following….
Designed for individuals ages 16+, Life Skills courses promote exploration of subjects interesting to those who seek to become more independent, more involved in their communities and stronger self advocates.
- Cooking teaches students to gain confidence in the kitchen and prepare and serve simple meals.
- Trips & Tips combines travel training, money management, restaurant skills and social skills in a fun monthly night out.
- Photography teaches the fundamentals of taking photos with a digital camera and looking at the world with a different eye. Classes culminate with a professional art show displayed in local galleries.
- Cosmetology will teach the fundamentals of good hygiene, skin care, nutrition and wellness.
Arc sports programs are designed to teach fundamentals in a least restrictive environment and rely greatly on volunteers who provide one on one assistance whenever needed. Most programs are open to individuals with
development disabilities and their siblings and peers.
- Buddy ball Baseball (ages 7-20) and Adult Softball (ages 16+) in partnership with Duxbury Youth Baseball.
- Hoop Heroes Basketball (ages 10-21)
- Soccer Stars (ages 6-10) in partnership with Duxbury Youth Soccer.
- Karate (ages 7-13 and 14+)
- Kayaking Levels 1 and 2 (ages 17+) in partnership with Coastal Kayaking Educators.
The Arc recreation program is ever changing to meet the needs and interests of all ages and abilities. We continue to seek opportunities within the community in which our members can participate, volunteer, and learn from.
Here are a few examples of current activities.
- Teen Dances (ages 13-22) held seasonally
- Monthly Adult Dances
- Theatres and concerts
- Pilgrim Belle Sunset Cruise
- Holiday Parties each designed for specific age groups
- Cranberry Hospice Festival of Trees volunteers and tree decorators.
- Official Roots and Shoots and Next Chapter Book Club chapters
- Dance lessons
- Seasonal art and craft classes
The Arc became a certified Sibshops provider in 2008 and since then has offered seasonal workshops for elementary school age siblings of children with special health and developmental needs. Sibshops is a unique support group provided in a social recreational environment utilizing trained staff and older (high school/college age) volunteers who have a sibling with a disability themselves. Workshops combine games, activities, and discussion in a way that allow sibs to share the good and not so good aspects of having a brother or sister with special needs. Programs, activities and events are taught or coached by qualified and dedicated professionals and are
staffed by Arc Family Support Center employees and teams of enthusiastic volunteers.
For more information or questions, please contact Cari Robbins at 508-732-9292 ext. 124 or CariR@thearcofgp.org