A HOUSE dedicated to providing an inclusive environment and affordable housing for disadvantaged people aged over 50 is set to receive a funding boost from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) to construct a multi-functional activities area.
Abbeyfield Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation supporting those who need it.
The Abbeyfield house located in Chigwell allows socially disadvantaged and disabled people to receive independent supported living as they age.
Abbeyfield Society (Glenorchy) Inc president David Pearce OAM said the grant received from the TCF would help the house continue to encourage social interaction in the community for its residents.
“The residents will have opportunities to increase their commitments in their various community activities,” he said.
“They will be encouraged to be as independent as they possibly can and they will learn how to develop skills and build on those to help benefit the community socially, economically and environmentally.”
The grant of $40,788 will go towards the construction of an all weather external activities area that will be attached to the current building.
The space will include a barbecue and act as an area where residents can participate in activities, have group functions or hold a discussion with visiting family members.
“Our long-term vision is to eventually have a men’s shed or community shed so that we can involve as much of the community and family of the Abbeyfield residents as possible,” Mr Pearce said.
“Not only will it create employment for the people who build the activities centre, but once it’s completed it will create much more social interaction for people who may feel isolated in their own communities.”
The grant would not have been possible without the support of the Rotary Club of Claremont who put in the grant application and have been working in partnership with the Abbeyfield house since it was established.
“The Rotary Club of Claremont is a service organisation that helps communities that are disadvantaged – this is one the communities that doesn’t get a lot of support,” Rotary Club of Claremont director of community services Eric Myers said.
“We’ve built barbecue areas, helped with the gardening and those sorts of things over the years, but this is probably the biggest project we’ve taken on.
“We are very pleased and thankful once again to the Tasmanian Community Fund.”
Caption: From left, Rotary Club of Claremont director of community services, Eric Myers, Abbeyfield house resident Susan Lola and Abbeyfield Society (Glenorchy) Inc president David Pearce OAM.