Goulburn Options launches its Go get Living project.By Elly Fisher
Goulburn Options has been successful in negotiating with the Department of Housing to purchase a property that has been deemed by the Department surplus to their needs.
This building was purpose built about 20 years ago by DHS for the purpose of providing supported living options for people with a disability in Seymour.
The purchase by Goulburn Options Inc acknowledges the lack of resources and accommodation options within the Mitchell Shire and the dire need to plan with clients and families for their future. Cindy McLeish has been supportive of the project and enjoyed a brief tour of the units.
The Go Get Living Project will provide permanent/semi-permanent and respite accommodation options in Seymour and an individualised approach to support services that will increase development opportunities of everyday living skills for adults with a disability.
It will provide people with a base to practice independent living skills away from family, while still within their community and give people more choice and control about the services and supports they receive.
This project acknowledges the diverse needs of service participants and the deep concern of carers around options for adult children, as the carers reach old age.
It is a harsh reality carers face in the event they are no longer able to care for their disabled adult child — there are no appropriate accommodation options for their son/daughter to stay in their community of Seymour and surrounds.
Adult-children with disability have been and will continue to be, removed from their community to access basic supports when parents can no longer meet their support needs.
Carers and people with a disability are thinking ahead and preparing for the Disability Care Scheme. It seems obvious that for the benefits of this scheme to be fully realised, service users need choice of diverse services and this property will deliver these opportunities to the community.
For the purchase Go Inc have committed to a mortgage/loan through a financial institution and will make additions/alterations to the standing constitution to set up a separate fund to support the Go Get Living project long term.
The ‘‘Go Get Living Special Fund’’ will be available to receive bequests, other donations and fundraising efforts to support accommodation options within Mitchell Shire.
The governance of this fund will be extended to our membership to maximise ownership of the program by the community.
We are on the hunt for new association members to support Go Get Living program. So if you know someone who may require supported living or to live more independently and want to stay in their community, attend our annual meeting on September 26 and sign up.
Contact our office for further details regarding the AGM.
The buildings have been vacant for about two years and need to be cleaned and fixed up before they can be used. Already we have received offers of support from the community to help get them ready for use.
We have a major fundraiser, Madison Mason — Goulburn Options Fundraiser Ride, planned for next year with Great Divide Trail Riders Club.
This ride is in memory of Madison Mason, the daughter of our long-standing club members Simon and Alison Mason. Madison had Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome and passed away earlier this year aged 20.
As part of this joint fundraising event we are also organising an auction with proceeds donated to Go Get Living program. We hope the community will support this project as an important investment for future services for people with a disability living in the Mitchell Shire.
— Elly Fisher
Goulburn Options chief executive
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