Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, Steve Widders, Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka, Group Home Support Worker Kerry Power and resident’s mother Ellen Widders.
Armidale Group Home Accommodation Co-ordinator Denice Dall, left, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Minister for Ageing and Disability John Ajaka in the new Armidale Group Home
MINISTER for Disability Services John Ajaka and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today opened two new group homes for people with disability in Armidale.
Mr Ajaka said the NSW Government had invested more than $2 million to build the homes to make a positive difference to the lives of people with disability in Armidale.
“The properties in Markham Street and Rusden Street offer more flexibility in daily living and were purpose-built following consultations with residents and their families,” Mr Ajaka said.
“The new homes ensure that people with disability in Armidale are prepared to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and live life their way.”
Mr Marshall said the construction of the new homes was supported by families and carers and designed with independence and choice in mind.
He said both properties offered five-bedrooms, modern facilities and 24-hour, seven day a week support by dedicated staff.
“The residents moved in last Friday and have settled in well to their fully-accessible home and are enjoying their close proximity to local shops and transport,” Mr Marshall said.
“These homes ensure the residents maintain their links to the local community and increase their independence.
“I am delighted the government can provide opportunities for people with disability in this region to increase their independence and social participation.
“With the NDIS being rolled out in our region from July next year, these new homes are timely and are incredibly exciting for people with disabilities and their families.”