Hardware shop gets on board with practical help for daily living

(At back, from left) Jenny Wright, Jason Elks and Geoff Nye; and (at front) Jo Yates, Matty Coker, John Roberts and Drew Daley.
(At back, from left) Jenny Wright, Jason Elks and Geoff Nye; and (at front) Jo Yates, Matty Coker, John Roberts and Drew Daley.

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.

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