When Milingimbi Aged Care/Disability Services Co-Ordinator, Wendy Haydock, first arrived in Milingimbi, she identified the need for beds for the vulnerable people of the community.
Community Engagement Police Officer, Constable Shane Blanchard
Wendy approached the local office of Remote Jobs in Communities (RJCP), who oversees the Milingimbi Men’s Shed and a plan was formulated.
Haydock and RJCP approached Swinborne Universirty with an idea, asking them to train RJCP and the local men to make beds not only gaining a Nationally Recognised Qualification in Furniture Making but also contributing to the sustainability and growth of Milingimbi.
The bed bases are made from treated pine by the workers of the Men’s Shed and are sold at cost price of $50.00 per single, $100.00 per double.
Aged Care sources the mattresses through the Independent Grocers Association (IGA). The mattresses are sold for $75.00 per single, $96.00 per double.
The initiative began in November 2014. 24 bed packages have been sold to date with more orders being taken every week.
Although originally targeted at the aged and medically/mobility impaired, the beds are available to all community members to purchase.
A visiting Occupational Therapist has also expressed how encouraged she is at the reduction of health issues as a result of this initiative.
Wendy also hopes to expand the initiative to include sourcing wheelchairs for those in need.