Care Goondiwindi wants to help the disabled with a 'home'

Can you help? The Care Goondiwindi Commitee and supporters need a home to give carers and clients a break.
Can you help? The Care Goondiwindi Commitee and supporters need a home to give carers and clients a break.

Care Goondiwindi wants to help some of the most disadvantaged people in the Goondiwindi community, and they need all residents to jump on board.

“Imagine, you are living with a physical or intellectual disability, you live at home with your family well into adulthood,” Care Goondiwindi President, Dr Carswell said. “Mum and Dad want to travel away for the weekend but need someone to care for you.” But there’s nowhere to go and nowhere to get help. For many families that’s the dilemma they now face. But Care Goondiwindi wants to change all that.

It wants to provide a home that offers the options a caring community should have.

“This would be a high quality service, closely monitored and managed by Care Goondiwindi where disability clients can feel independent with the support of a carer. We really want to encourage the community to rally around these families many of whom have made great contributions to our community over the years, but who are in great need of alternative means of care for their family members who are unable to be left alone,” Committee member Chantal Corish said.

Goondiwindi nurses Alex Leeson and Abby Illing understand the struggles and care needed for disability clients and support the project. “This would be invaluable to so many families,” Alex said. Goondiwindi rugby union players Sam and James Tweedy have also thrown their support behind the project. "While we are fit and healthy and able to play a game we love, we know we are all one accident away from needing a helping hand. It may be a work accident or a freak accident out on the field. If something was to happen to us we'd like to think we 'd have the support of our home town behind us,” the brothers said.

“We would love a solid low set home with minimal need for disability modifications to the building. Easy access to the living area and low maintenance yard,” she said. The project has met some resistance but Care believes it’s due to the misconception that it is an emergency accommodation facility. “That’s not the case,” Dr Carswell said.

People with disabilities need a place to have some independence and to allow carers to have a break. Can you help? Thankfully football player Sam Tweedy doesn't need a wheelchair but accidents happen. He's pictured here with Care Goondiwindi President, Dr Anna Carswell.

People with disabilities need a place to have some independence and to allow carers to have a break. Can you help? Thankfully football player Sam Tweedy doesn't need a wheelchair but accidents happen. He's pictured here with Care Goondiwindi President, Dr Anna Carswell.