Appeal seeks support to build new service for people with a disability


Endeavour Foundation today launches its Toowoomba Learning and Lifestyle Appeal.

The fundraising appeal encourages locals to donate money toward Endeavour Foundation’s new purpose-designed Learning and Lifestyle service in Centenary Heights, which will benefit people with a disability in the area.

The three-month appeal will include a range of community events so locals can be part of the process, starting with a fundraising barbeque at the site of the new service Stenner Street service on Friday 26 November, from 1.30pm.

Residents are encouraged to visit the new Toowoomba Learning and Lifestyle Appeal website at www.endeavour.com.au/toowoombaappeal, where you can see how your donation will help improve the lives of locals with a disability.

The new service is expected to open in February and is one of many Endeavour Foundation services offered to people with a disability in the Darling Downs region.

Endeavour supports more than 330 families in the Darling Downs, providing accommodation, employment, training, life skills and personal development opportunities for people with a disability.

The organisation also employs more than 220 staff in the area. Learning and Lifestyle services provide tailor-designed opportunities for people with a disability to enhance their independence, confidence, community involvement and life choices.

People using the service have a personal plan focussed on their whole-of-life needs.

Activities at the service focus on numeracy, literacy, computer skills, money handling, road safety, health, physical activity and craft.

The service is also a central hub to support people with a disability to be involved in activities in the community, including visits to Toowoomba parks, shopping centres, libraries, galleries and sporting facilities.

More than 140 people access Endeavour’s Learning and Lifestyle services in the Darling Downs region to improve their education and life skills, including 44-year-old Annette Peddler, who has an intellectual disability.

After moving from a small rural town three years ago, Annette is thriving in the “big smoke” of Toowoomba and is particularly proud of how independent she has become.

Along with making Christmas decorations for her home during the service’s craft sessions, Annette loves the social interaction at Learning and Lifestyle, such as outings for lunch and visits to shopping centres.

These trips have helped Annette build confidence to actively participate in the community outside of Learning and Lifestyle, when she enjoys such activities as bowling with local ten-pin bowling teams, going out for meals with friends and shopping.

The new $2.25m Learning and Lifestyle service will further benefit clients like Annette, with purpose-designed features and improved facilities.

There are currently four Learning and Lifestyle services in Toowoomba.

The new service will replace two existing Learning and Lifestyle sites into one bigger and better service, with enhanced capacity to cater for future needs including school leavers.

Its state-of-the-art facilities will also be available after-hours for community groups.

The Toowoomba community has a proud history of supporting people with a disability and Endeavour hopes locals will throw their support behind the appeal, following in the steps of the late Stanley Kuhl.

Stanley bequeathed $539,000 to Endeavour Foundation, which will be used on the new Learning and Lifestyle service, reflecting his desire to make a difference in the Toowoomba region.

The State Government’s Department of Communities has also donated $500,000 to the construction of the service.

“Providing education and life skills helps people with a disability take part in activities most others take for granted,” said Deputy Chairman of Endeavour Foundation, Shane Charles.

“Every person deserves a chance to live life to the fullest and we look forward to this new facility helping to do that here.”

To learn more about the appeal, the barbeque or the new Learning and Lifestyle service in general, visit the Toowoomba Community Appeal page.

Contact

Jo Glover, Media and Communications Officer
Phone: (07) 3908 7257, 0429 065 440
Fax: (07) 3253 7271
Email: j.glover@endeavour.com.au