Insurance House Chip In

The saying ‘many hands make light work’ was the perfect description for anyone who popped into Burke House, our supported accommodation site in Echuca, on Thursday 25 January. The team from Insurance House donated their time to give us a big hand in building a new sensory garden. Burke House received a facelift thanks to the donations from local businesses and the hard work of Insurance House employees from Echuca, Melbourne and Sydney.

Funding came from the YMCA’s Sweat V’s Steam, Greyhound Racing Victoria and MHS FUNRaisiers while C&D Tiles donated the tiles.

“The Echuca-Moama community is consistently generous with its support of MHS and other disability service providers”, said Scott Alexander in thanking the team.

“As always, I’m humbled by that generosity. It makes such a big difference, particularly for a not-for-profit organisation, to have the backing of the community in which we work and reside. It means that we can embark on projects – such as this sensory garden – which probably wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.”

And from the perspective of the people with disability that MHS supports, it is the best possible signal to them that they are indeed valued members of this community.

“The need for a new sensory garden was highlighted by occupational therapy assessments of Burke House residents. Burke House is, as anyone who visits will observe, very much a home with a welcoming and friendly ambiance” he said.

“The garden has complemented that feel, but the renovations will greatly enhance what it offers to the residents, each of whom has different needs.”