Speaking to a packed room Barry Irvin AM, Chair of Bega Cheese said “I admire enormously people who do this work…and it’s with great pleasure that we open this beautiful facility…I’m delighted to be helping Tulgeen do this great work.”Annually Bega Cheese raises funds to donate to a not for profit. In 2015, the recipient of this generosity was Tulgeen Group with $100,000 donated towards a range of service improvements and extensions.
One of these improvements is the new Respite Service which was officially launched today by Barry Irvin AM, Chairperson of Bega Cheese. The service was soft-launched in October 2015 and has already provided both home-based respite as well as respite in the new space in Spindler Street, Bega.
In his introduction, Pete Gorton, Chief Executive Officer paid tribute to the entire INSYNC team for their work and dedication in providing these additional services. In particular, he paid tribute to Karen Machan and Heather Cameron who were tasked to “pull it all together and make it work.”
Tulgeen clients, their families and staff were in attendance at the opening and the common area of the respite area was full. Entertainment was provided by Tulgeen staffer Damon Davies and Wayne Ramus who sang “Happy Respite to Bega!” Indeed, this is a very welcome service to the community.
The Respite Service is available to anyone and runs on a 24/7 basis and on a short-term/casual basis or for a longer term. It offers home-based support in your own home and two beds at our fully accessible INSYNC building in Spindler Street in Bega. The accommodation at Tulgeen which is located on a quiet suburban street includes electric beds, a fully accessible bathroom for independent use or for supported personal care, climate control, televisions, a lounge room and a kitchen. ”We realised that there was a gap in the availability of flexible respite in the Bega Valley and we hope this fills an unmet need in the community” explained Jen Russell, Client Services General Manager.
“We are very proud to have already welcomed several clients for short and longer term respite in both their homes and at Tulgeen,” said Karen Machan, INSYNC Coordinator. ”One family had not been able to have a holiday in many, many years and our support allowed them to enjoy a much needed break from their carer responsibilities.”
“Tulgeen thanks Bega Cheese for their ongoing support. We have been partners for many years through our social and disability enterprise Tulgeen Packaging Services, and their support in 2015 has allowed us to provide these additional supports within our local community” said Pete Gorton, Chief Executive Officer.
For more information about Tulgeen’s Respite Service, contact Karen Machan on karen.machan(at)tulgeen.com.au or 6499 0845.