Salvos float disabled aid plan

THE Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre is looking at the possibility of building on its successful Social Inclusion Program (SIP) and start to provide accommodation for people with physical and intellectual disabilities in Bundaberg region.

The centre, which delivers social programs and services across the community, established SIP in 2011 to help people with mild to moderate disabilities and mental health issues undertake gainful training and explore pathways to employment in a socially inclusive environment.

"The Tom Quinn Community Centre has always been about transforming lives in the Bundaberg region," said centre manager Tom Osborne.

"The SIP program has been highly successful and since it started we have provided practical training in areas including construction, retail and hospitality to hundreds of participants.

"Now we are looking to take our disability services to the next step and are actively exploring options around the provision of accommodation for people with higher-needs disabilities.

"Our goal is to support them to live as independently as possible, while being part of their community and developing a social network.

"We would listen to, and get to know, each client well, and through that help those people to achieve their personal goals and choices, and support them in their development of their individual identify. The accommodation would have live-in carers."

The Salvation Army has for some years run such a service, under its SAILSS (Salvation Army Individual Lifestyle Support Service) program, in Brisbane.

Mr Osborne said the intention would be to bring that same program to Bundaberg, and position it under the SAILSS umbrella.

"We would welcome feedback from the community about the level of support there would be for the Salvation Army to deliver this type of support in the Bundaberg region," said Mr Osborne. "I would ask interested parties to contact me on 4153 3557."