Technical Aid for the Disabled volunteer John Lesslie in his home workshop.
Technical Aid for the Disabled volunteer John Lesslie in his home workshop. BLAINEY WOODHAM

Helper John is looking for help

BANORA Point resident John Lesslie is a handyman on a mission.

Mr Lesslie is the only volunteer in the Tweed Shire for Technical Aid for the Disabled Queensland, which provides solutions for people with a disability.

Mr Lesslie and his wife, Thelma, moved to the Tweed Shire five years ago, before which volunteers from the Gold Coast travelled to assess jobs.

“Most of the time the fuel getting down here cost more than the materials for the job,” Mr Lesslie said.

Mr Lesslie said two volunteers were required to help him cover Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Pottsville and Cabarita.

“I have my fourth hip operation in February and will not be able to do too much for a while,” he said.

“I do not wish to give up being a volunteer but I’d love to have some help, particularly on the heavier jobs.”

“We could do a lot more jobs if we had more volunteers.”

Technical aid volunteers receive requests from physiotherapists, occupational therapists or individuals to find a solution to a problem.

Jobs that Mr Lesslie has carried out include hairdryer wall mounts, bike modifications, special chairs for school students as well as bed rails.

“A volunteer for TAD needs to be dedicated and they need the time and the will,” he said.

“You don’t have to be a qualified tradesperson but you do have to be handy and you have to be able to come up with solutions to problems,” he said.

Mr Lesslie said he used hand tools for most of his jobs.

“Most jobs can be done using clips, bolts and ties and I like to use aluminium a lot,” he said.

The not-for-profit organisation was formed in 1981 and Mr and Mrs Lesslie joined the organisation in Brisbane 27 years ago.



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