Lifeskills sets out to bridge the distance from old premises to new

Lifeskills Plus staff and clients – Tanya Kimber, Michelle Godfrey, Meghan Adam, Nathan Ralph, Bob Lejeune, and Colin Jones are asking the local community to drop their spare change into a Chain of Coins tin before March 21.

Lifeskills Plus staff and clients – Tanya Kimber, Michelle Godfrey, Meghan Adam, Nathan Ralph, Bob Lejeune, and Colin Jones are asking the local community to drop their spare change into a Chain of Coins tin before March 21.

Two thousand and fifty metres.

That’s the distance between Lifeskills Plus’ current residence in Perry Street and the Community Centre in Oporto Road the organisation is looking to move to as soon as possible.  

It’s also the length of the “Chain of Coins” Lifeskills will be looking to create at their Car Boot Sale Bonanza event on March 21. 

“We’re going to draw a line of the ground that’s 2.05 kilometres long and line the length of it with coins that have been donated by members of the local community,”  Lifeskills Plus Business and Community Liaison Officer Bob Lejeune said. 

“It’s very symbolic because it shows the small steps we’ve had to take to move from our Perry Street centre to where we want to be on Oporto Road,”

Mr Lejeune said there are tins at retailers around Mudgee where people will be able to donate coins to help make the  “Chain of Coins” a reality. Community members are also to bring along coins to the car boot sale on March 21 and place the coins down on their own.

“Every 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coin that we are donated helps put us one step closer to our new building,” he said. 

Wilpinjong Coal have jumped at the opportunity to support Lifeskills Plus, handing out coin collecting tins to each of the staff members that will be collected in mid-March for counting. 

Lifeskills Plus’s Oporto Road Community Centre will house all the services currently provided by the Perry Street centre and will become the nerve centre of the Lifeskills operation. 

The new centre will provide a safer and more positive environment, increase respite capacity, allow for more effective daily programming and activities, as well as making it easier to welcome community volunteers to come and share their time and interests with people at the Lifeskills centre.

Lifeskills  supports more than  60 people with disabilities from Mudgee, Gulgong, Kandos, Rylstone and as far away as Running Stream at both its Perry Street and Southside centres.

The Perry Street facility provides care for around 20 people with disabilities, with numbers continuing to grow on a monthly basis through word of mouth, people leaving school, school referrals for the Out of School Hours Service and respite care, and new families coming to town.

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