Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Upgraded community aid facility officially open for business in North Narrabeen

1 December 2011



The NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, was joined by the Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today to help open the redevelopment of a community aid facility in North Narrabeen.

The upgrade of the Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid Service (MWP CAS) premises will enable the not-for-profit organisation to grow and expand its services in surrounding communities.

“Earlier this year, the O’Farrell Government provided a one-off $145,000 grant for the fit-out of the premises which the organisation recently moved into,” Mr Constance said.

“The grant went towards an upgrade of the computer network, air conditioning, carpets, blinds and lighting as well as new equipment and furniture for their workshop.”

“These improvements will help staff and volunteers better meet the needs of local older residents by providing a better working environment.”

Mr Stokes said the organisation offers community support services in the North Sydney and the Northern Beaches area to help people remain in their own homes and be as independent as possible.

“These services include neighbourhood aid and social support, individual transport services, home maintenance and modifications,” Mr Stokes said.

“I commend the Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid Service for its on-going dedication and hard-work to help the most vulnerable in the community.”

MWP CAS will receive more than $1.5 million this financial year through the joint NSW and Commonwealth Government funded Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

“In fact, last financial year, the organisation carried out home modifications for almost 490 clients, provided more than 2200 hours of home maintenance work and over 28,000 hours of social support,” Mr Constance said.

“They have been delivering services for more than 40 years to enable people to stay in their homes.”

The HACC program helps older people and people with a disability to remain at home and prevent their inappropriate or premature admission to residential care.

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