THE building exterior is unremarkable. It is an old bricks and mortar home in a semi-industrial area.
The interior walls, skirtings and doors are varying shades of blue and bear the wear and tear of the last business that operated under its roof.
But it will soon get a makeover and transform into a space that is remarkable for the impact it will have on the lives of people with disabilities in the Manning Valley.
Life Without Barriers is investing thousands of dollars into the Crescent Avenue property in Taree and within the next few months it will be transformed into a venue that will help people with varying disabilities to learn skills that will enable them to better participate in our community.
Leading the makeover process and driving the expansion of services is disability support co-ordinator, Ward Sheehan. He is excited about the opportunities the Life Without Barriers house will afford its clients and says the transformation will include the creation of a kitchen, games room, music room, lounge area, high-level disability support room and expansive shower and toilet facilities. The facilities will be used to teach life skills, socialisation, cooking and money skills and in the longer term, Ward hopes the house will be able to provide respite care facilities.
Ward is keen to involve Life Without Barriers clients in the makeover and says they will be asked to chose new paint colours, chose new furniture and contribute ideas for the house that they will call home for many hours of each week.
Its official opening in November will be celebrated and include a visit from Australian wheelchair rugby champion and paralympian, Ryley Batt.
Life Without Barriers has had a significant presence in the Manning Valley for many years and the house represents a much-needed expansion of its services in the region.