WELCOME: Northcott’s regional manager Susan Aprile with clients Elise Nurka, Tahlia Malaquin, Mikaela Blackmore and Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation chairman Michael Slater at the official opening of the Northcott Community Participation House in Ballina.
WELCOME: Northcott’s regional manager Susan Aprile with clients Elise Nurka, Tahlia Malaquin, Mikaela Blackmore and Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation chairman Michael Slater at the official opening of the Northcott Community Participation House in Ballina. Doug Eaton

Disability support group ‘blessed’ with new home

A BALLINA $104,000 home renovation will help improve the lives of 17 young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The renovations to Northcott's Community Participation House were funded thanks to a grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

The house was officially opened yesterday.

Northcott regional manager Susan Aprile said they felt "absolutely blessed".

"This home is now totally accessible for our clients and it's in an accessible part of town," she said.

"It is for young people who have left school and are now seeking to improve their life skills.

"The program enables people to feel valued in this community.

"Participants can choose to do whatever they want, whether it's volunteering, cooking, going to Curves, or even going swimming.

"We are here to support them.

"This house and our community participation program allows young adults to do all the things that we did as 18-year-olds.

"It is a safe place where they can hang out with their friends."

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation chairman Michael Slater was in Ballina yesterday for the opening.

He said the renovations had improved safety stand- ards and given clients better access to facilities in all weather conditions.

"The project will provide better access to outdoor areas by adding a new carport, covered outdoor area, paths and fencing, providing the best experience possible for clients and more opportunities to explore their environment safely," he said.

He said the house was an important community facility where people with disabilities could learn life skills and participate in activities.



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