Calwell and Wanniassa Community Bank® Branches Continue Support for the Respite Care Client Holiday Scheme
The Calwell and Wanniassa Community Bank® branches will this week continue to provide people with a disability a unique way to improve their quality of life. On Friday 22 June, presentations will be made to four clients of Respite Care ACT who have severe disabilities to enable them to enjoy a holiday outside the ACT with the paid assistance of their support workers.
Tuggeranong Valley Financial Services operates both branches and Chairman Matthew Coleman said that knowing there are people who live on a disability pension, receiving a high level of care, who rarely have the opportunity to go on a holiday but now can due to the Client Holiday Scheme, reinforces the importance of the Community Contribution grants that are provided by the Community Bank®.
“We are pleased to continue to support this worthy program and facilitate an additional four clients of Respite Care ACT to enjoy holidays with their paid carers this year,” Mr Coleman said.
Respite Care ACT is an independent, incorporated association that provides support to frail aged people, people with disabilities, people with mental health issues and their family carers.
Respite Care ACT Executive Director Paul Bartholomew said the first participant selected last year will be holidaying on the NSW South Coast and this will be their first holiday out of Canberra for more than 10 years.
Paul Bartholomew said “The funding that Respite Care ACT has received and will continue to receive from the Community Bank® over the next two years has been a major bonus for our clients who are selected to participate in this holiday program. In addition to receiving the basic support services they need just to be able to continue living at home, these people will now be able to enjoy a proper holiday that they could not possibly afford themselves. ”
Funding for Respite Care ACT of $15,000 over three years follows the Community Bank® branches’ $25,000 commitment to the George Gregan Foundation, and $4000 to a breakfast program for children.
“To date, we have returned more than $75,000 worth of profits to the local communities we serve. With the continued support of our customers, and any potential new customers, we can look forward to these contributions growing and continuing to help our region prosper,” Mr Coleman said.
For more information, please contact the Calwell Community Bank® Branch on (02) 62913385 or visit them in the Calwell Shopping Centre.
Or, to contact the Wanniassa Community Bank® Branch phone (02) 6231 9024 or visit them at the Wanniassa Shopping Centre.