Dedicated volunteers continue to improve resident's quality of life at Elizabeth Gates

JOINT EFFORT: The Elizabeth Gates auxiliary with assistance from Diggers has purchased the much needed motorised chair which received the tick of approval from resident Annette McDonald when The Argus paid a visit last week.
JOINT EFFORT: The Elizabeth Gates auxiliary with assistance from Diggers has purchased the much needed motorised chair which received the tick of approval from resident Annette McDonald when The Argus paid a visit last week.

“It’s the Rolls Royce of chairs,” proclaimed resident, Annette McDonald.

Both the staff and residents at Uniting’s Elizabeth Gates aged care facility are set to benefit after the dedicated auxiliary acquired a much needed $8000 motorised chair.

It is not only comfortable but practical with many features, including the titling mechanism, that will reduce the amount of manual handling undertaken by staff. This in turn will make life more comfortable and safer for all the residents who use it. And this is of course why the auxiliary exists – “to make the residents more comfortable and life easier for the staff”.  Auxiliary member Val Smith says staff identified the need, and then they did the rest.

This involved raising funds by hosting the popular spring fair and successfully attaining assistance from the well-established Singleton Diggers Community Chest.

They were among the many 2017 recipients, receiving just over $3000 to put towards the “super dooper” chair. Diggers general-manager Gerard McMillan says community groups can now apply for the 2018 the community chest. Diggers  have provided local groups with more than $3 million in funding and in-kind support since 1982.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide project and/or services: community welfare or social services, community development, community health services or employment assistance activities. You are also eligible if you or your organisation is involved in community or professional sport.

Applications can be accessed online at https://singletondiggers.com.au/ and must be submitted by Sunday, June 3. All funding is processed locally and community groups can contact Singleton Diggers 6572 2622 for help.