They say home is where the heart is, and at the heart of Wendy Place are Trevor, Nigel, Michael and Sean.
Wendy Place is a shared home in Launceston for people with disabilities.
On 17 December the residents, their families and staff enjoyed a BBQ lunch in the sunshine and celebrated that Wendy Place had been open ten years.
David Maddox, a Support Worker at Wendy Place, welcomed everyone and acknowledged the presence of the residents’ families, “who have been and will continue to play a huge part in our support of their loved ones.”
“During 2006 the Department of Health and Human Services identified the need for a residential group home for younger men with acquired brain injuries, who at the time could only be cared for in an aged care facility, and built Wendy Place,” said David.
Anglicare Tasmania received the contract to manage and staff the house. A team of staff was assembled and by the end of November 2006 the first four residents had moved in.
“Over the ten year journey there have been a number of constants: Anglicare’s CEO Chris Jones, Trevor an initial resident who still calls Wendy Place home, and several staff who have been here since the start,” said David.
Wendy Place was originally linked with Anglicare’s Acquired Injury Support Service, but a few years later it became part of the Northern Shared Homes Program.
“The dynamic between the residents and staff has made this a ‘real home’,” said David, “and trips away with the residents have provided many memorable times.”
“Heralding the next ten years and beyond, we hope that Wendy Place will always provide the men with a safe and happy home to live in,” said David.
“It was such a lovely afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Trevor, Nigel, Michael and Sean relaxed and happy, in the comfort of their own home, enjoying the celebration with their families and their committed and caring staff,” said Anglicare’s CEO Chris Jones.