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Clients of a Tamworth organisation are dedicating their time to help others in need.

Participants of the Connexions program at Challenge Disability Services have thrown their support behind local organisation Tamworth Mums and are indirectly helping dozens of local families.

The participants are young people with differing forms of disability who have given up their time to assist the charity in duties including sorting, cleaning and folding items.

Connexions second-in-charge Tanya Harris said the young people enjoyed offering their time and making a difference in the community and they were learning new skills along the way.

“The guys love coming in here and helping,” she said.

“It’s a great community feeling and that’s what our guys are about.

“They get a lot from the community, so this is their way of trying to give back – any sort of volunteer work they can do, we will try and get them out there.

“They come to Tamworth Mums on Wednesday mornings and usually for about two hours each time.

“It’s teaching them to work as a team, teaching them to take directions from management, sorting skills and packaging skills.

“They’re also learning the value of products.”

Tamworth Mums founder Cass Mcilrick said she was thankful for the assistance of the Connexions team with an abundance of children’s items donated to the cause on a regular basis.

The items then make their way to local families in need.

“They’re such a huge help, I am really grateful for Tania getting in contact with me initially to offer these guys to come out and help,” she said.

“The help is enormous.

“Generally we have two drop-offs a month.

“Some weeks we have a big drop off and others we have nothing, I started this by myself and am still not on top of everything that’s come in. So their help has been enormous.”

To find out more on donation days or how you can help local families in the Tamworth area, head to the Tamworth Mums Facebook page.

 Article from the Northern Daily Leader, 1 September 2017.

Author: Katrina Warmoll

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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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