Like the donations and support the VRA received from Club Mudgee for their new truck last year, Lifeskills Plus will soon have the full force of Club Mudgee and the local community behind them in raising funds to build a new facility in Mudgee.
Club Mudgee and Lifeskills Plus have joined to raise as much money as possible over the next 12 months to help Lifeskills move from their inadequate building in Perry Street to a brand new site that will cater to the needs of those who attend Lifeskills.
“The fact the community and Club Mudgee are coming on board is really appreciated,” Ms Peek said.
The Perry Street facility currently provides care for 20 people with disabilities, but numbers continue to grow every month 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.
The Southside Centre was originally set up to deal with overcrowding at the Perry Street Centre but due to the number of people requiring help from Lifeskills Plus, is no longer large enough, nor does it have the appropriate facilities to care for the group’s needs.
The first donation of $5000 was presented to Lifeskills Plus CEO Carolyn Peek on Thursday by Club Mudgee CEO Maureen Heywood and Directors Bill Kerr and Dave Holden.
“Having a really good understanding of Lifeskills Plus and the services they provide for people with disabilities, taking Lifeskills on board as out fundraising project for the next 12 months is just an amazing thing,” Ms Heywood said.
Throughout the year, Club Mudgee will hold raffles, concerts and events where all money raised will be donated to Lifeskills Plus.
“We’d like to encourage the community to get behind the project so we can start the construction of a new facility for people with disabilities in the region,” Ms Heywood said.
Club Mudgee Director Dave Holden said hoped the community got behind this project like they did raising money for a new VRA truck.
“The whole community took ownership of the VRA truck and we’d like to see that kind of participation and enthusiasm for Lifeskills this year,” he said.
All money raised over the year will be added to the grant the NSW government made to Lifeskills Plus in June.
Lifeskills currently 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.