Helping Hand Port Lincoln celebrates 10 years

OUTING: Getting together for Helping Hand Port Lincoln's 10-year barbecue lunch event are Helen McLean, Peg Sevel, Keith Barker, Diane Graham, Paul Cowper and Ann Sanderson. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
OUTING: Getting together for Helping Hand Port Lincoln's 10-year barbecue lunch event are Helen McLean, Peg Sevel, Keith Barker, Diane Graham, Paul Cowper and Ann Sanderson. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Home care support service Helping Hand has celebrated a decade of serving the Port Lincoln community with clients and staff gathering recently to mark the milestone.

Helping Hand opened in Port Lincoln 10 years ago to help clients, including elderly residents, continue to remain at home for longer and to keep them safe.

To mark the occasion Helping Hand Port Lincoln held a barbecue lunch at Wellington Square on November 28 with Rotary Club Port Lincoln members on hand to cook sausages and burgers and a special cake made by staff member Kira Picken.

Helping Hand regional home care manager Narelle Higginbottom said it was a very special occasion and after starting with small numbers the staff and client numbers had grown over the years.

"The growth with staff and client numbers have been great to see and it's pleasing to know we're assisting clients to remain at home safely," she said.

Helping Hand home care coordinator Diane Graham said the day was also a chance to thank staff for their work and clients for turning to the organisation as their service provider.

"Today was a good opportunity to bring together clients and workers in a social environment that acknowledges the workers but also thanks the clients for coming to Helping Hand as their care provider," she said.

Helping Hand has grown substantially during the past decade, and has even made a contribution to Port Lincoln's biggest event as the naming sponsor of the Port Lincoln Tunarama Ambassador Quest.

Ms Graham said coming on board as the Ambassador Quest naming sponsor showed how entrenched into the community Helping Hand had become.

Among the clients who attended the barbecue event was Peg Sevel, who had been using Helping Hand's services for a little more than nine years.

Mrs Sevel, 93, said she had lived on the same half acre block in Port Lincoln for 50 years and Helping Hand had helped with many of the duties at home, such as cleaning and gardening, as well as arranging transport.

"Without their help, I wouldn't be there (at home) now," she said.

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