Last Monday 14 September, Anglicare (NSW South, NSW West & ACT) held an open day at the Anglican Parish of Crookwell on Denison Street, the site of their new Disability Day Centre that will begin offering services later this year.
“It’s important for regional communities like Crookwell to have access to services that support and enhance the lives of people with a disability. Travelling outside of their region can be an additional burden for people and their carers,” says Sallyann Allport, Anglicare’s Disability Operations Manager Southern NSW and ACT. “We see this Day Centre as being a wonderful connection point for people of all abilities in this community, and will reduce the stress on disability clients and their families with reduced travel time and expense, and more opportunities to participate in activities locally.”
Around 20 people from the Crookwell community participated in the open day where staff members facilitated discussions on the types of activities they would like to see available at the centre. Anglicare operates similar centres in Canberra and Goulburn with an aim to see people living safe and secure lives, as independently as possible, while participating in community through meaningful relationships, employment, recreation, education and volunteering.
Crookwell Anglican Church minister, Rev’d Wayne Landford is proud to be part of this initiative. “The local community is very important to us as a church and we are enthusiastic partners with Anglicare,” says Rev’d Landford.
“As a lifelong resident in this community, I’m so excited to see how this initiative has been welcomed by the people of Crookwell and will be of benefit,” says Ms Allport. “At Anglicare we want to create opportunities for people of all levels of ability to participate socially and to live happy and fulfilling lives.”
For more information about Anglicare’s Disability services, visit www.anglicare.com.au or call (02) 6245 7100 for more information.
Pictured: Rev’d Wayne with Sallyann from Anglicare