Hardware shop gets on board with practical help for daily living

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Clients of Challenge Community Services might be able to help when you can’t start your lawn mower, thanks to a focus on everyday living tasks like maintaining the house and garden.

The disabilities services provider had purchased a lawn mover from Thrifty-Link Hardware for the program, when proprietors John Roberts and Geoff Nye volunteered to throw in a whipper snipper as well for free, so the gardens up at the service’s Molesworth Street premises should be looking very manicured.

Staff and clients met with Mr Roberts and Mr Nye at their store to thank them in person for their generosity, and to hand over a certificate of appreciation.

Disability support worker Jo Yates said the independent lifestyle program will help clients become a bit more independent and better able to cope after leaving home, where a lot of things may have been done for them.

Clients – boys and girls alike – will now be working with support workers on the safe use of the new gardening equipment but also basic maintenance and what to look for if things don’t work.

Article from the Tenterfield Star, 27 February 2018. 

Photo by: Donna Ward

Author: Challenge Community Services

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About Challenge Community Services

60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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