Salvos’ work shed a better place to be
Friday, 29th January, 2016
By Erica Visser
The importance of community support was highlighted yesterday with the official opening of a refurbished work shed at the Salvation Army’s Algate House.
The state government provided $20,000 to fund the upgrade of the shed, used by clients who have low to medium mental and physical disabilities.
Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries was guest of honour at a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday morning where the day service’s clients gathered around to show off their woodwork.
“This is a men’s shed for everybody,” Mr Humphries told the modest crowd.
“It is a space for people to express the many talents you mightn’t realise you have if you’re stuck at home.
“...I like seeing people being included at a grassroots level.”
Major Christine Martin, the Salvation Army’s State Divisional Mission and Resource Director, also came to the city for yesterday’s opening.
“I think facilities like this are important for self-esteem and it’s important for carers and parents that day services such as Algate House are available,” Major Martin said.
“It’s a long, hard road and these services help lessen the load on carers.”
Algate House runs two programs - one skill-based and the other more recent Recovery and Wellness program - for a total of 37 students who attend on a daily basis.
Mr Humphries said the Salvation Army had applied for the funding in 2014 through then local MP John Williams, and that the work shed could get more cash for improvements such as air conditioning.