Client Profiles
Ruth

Ruth, one of our clients, hadn’t seen the coast for over 30 years, and wanted to see it again before she died.  From this off-the-cuff statement, a day out at the Gold Coast was organised.  A special morning tea was arranged at Budd’s Beach, followed by a drive to Burleigh, where Ruth and another client had a swim in the sea.  Although the waves were very rough, Ruth managed about 15 minutes in the water, and was assisted out by Terry.  Back on dry land Ruth was very tired but her face was a picture of happiness and elation - making the whole day worthwhile.  At the time she felt that she was able to die happy as she had achieved her dream, but fortunately, Ruth continues on with life and still has an active association with Balmoral Uniting Community Centre.

Sue

In 2004 Sue moved from country Queensland and took up residence with her sister in Brisbane, but found it hard to socialise in the new environment and difficult to adjust to her new home. So Sue’s sister contacted the Centre for advice, and soon after Sue started attending our programs and has been with us ever since. After just 12 months at the Centre Sue told us that she had been able to cease taking her medication, thanks to the care and support shown by the Centre.

David

David’s autism and intellectual disability meant it took some time for his relationship with the rest of the group to develop. However, over the two year period he’s been attending the Centre we’ve noticed some significant changes in David and his acceptance of the other clients and volunteers. The turn around in David can be contributed to the input and involvement from the staff and volunteers of the program; David’s carer tells us he now wants to have his bag packed on the day before his group meets so that he doesn’t miss out!

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