Celebrating the International Day of People with Disability
Having a disability needn’t stop you showcasing your abilities and achieving your goals.
International Day of People with Disability on December 3 is a global celebration of the achievements and contributions of people living with disability.
Supporting people with disability and ensuring they feel connected and included in their local community is what Carinity Our House in Toogoolawah and Carinity Bunderra in Boonah are all about.
Carinity Our House and Carinity Bunderra provide social activities, short-term on-site accommodation, in-home support and personal care, and assisting with volunteering and teaching life skills.
Speaking in the lead up to International Day of People with Disability, Carinity Bunderra Client Services Coordinator Kerry White says social inclusion is paramount to making people feel a part of the community they live in.
“Carinity gives our people their own life outside of home and family. This gives them a sense of individuality, purpose and pleasure while making new friends and creating new opportunities,” Kerry says.
Shane Smith of Toogoolawah has been a Carinity Our House client for almost a decade.
The confidence and skills Shane has developed has helped to create opportunities such as a volunteering role at the Gatton Transport Museum and obtaining his learner’s license to drive trucks.
Completing life-skills courses also empowered Shane to form a catering group, dubbed the Lunch ‘n’ Kings, which published their own cookbook.
“Our House has supported me to learn everyday life skills which has assisted me with my independence. I have also learned social skills. I’ve come along way with my confidence over the years,” Shane says.
Carinity Our House supports people living with a disability in Toogoolawah, Esk, Kilcoy, Gatton, Laidley and Walloon and as far away as Redcliffe.
Located next to the Carinity Fassifern Community Centre, Carinity Bunderra welcomes clients from the Scenic Rim, Ipswich and West Moreton regions.
Read more information on Carinity Bunderra and Carinity Our House.