MP Justine Elliott is the centre of attention for the Tweed Respite staff Bollywood dancers.
MP Justine Elliott is the centre of attention for the Tweed Respite staff Bollywood dancers.

Respite Service receives funding

TWEED Valley Respite Service staff were dancing with joy on Friday when it was announced they would receive $140,000 in funding.

Tweed MP and Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot announced the service and 14 other care organisations would share in $655, 421 at the Tweed Valley Respite Service’s Christmas party.

“It’s such a wonderful Christmas present,” respite service manager Bronwyn Mitchell said.

“It’s come at such a wonderful time.

“We had started closing a few programs because we were so full. Now we can re

start them and tell people to come on board.”

The funding will go towards social support and the development of services for people with dementia and their families.

Ms Elliot said the funding was through Home and Community Care (HACC), a joint Australian and state initiative.

“People want to remain independent, in their homes and communities, close to family and friends for as long as they can,” Ms Elliot said.

“These services provide the practical assistance that many older Australians need.

“Home and community care services are important to local residents who need some help at home.”

Ms Elliot joined almost 200 people at the Tweed Valley Respite Service’s Christmas party at the South Tweed Sports Club.

Liz Edwards, from the service, said staff and volunteers provided the day’s entertainment, including Bollywood dancing.

“They have been practising in their own time, before work and at work, as well,” Mrs Edwards said.

“A lot of people have put their own time into organising it.”

Mrs Edwards said it was nice to celebrate with the carers, clients, volunteers and staff but added it is a fun job anyway.

“We’re making people happy so we get enjoyment out of the job.”

Yolanda Skye from Dance Company 121 volunteered her time to teach the Bollywood dancers.

Tweed recipients

Tweed Coast Food

Services

$35,421

Home Care NSW

$30,000

Tweed Ballina Byron

Community Transport

$30,000

Tweed River Home

Modification and

Maintenance

$25,000

Northern Rivers

Community Transport

$20,000



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