Helping Hand applauded

July 07, 2017

The event was well-attended by those who had benefitted from the program.

John Kriesfeld spoke about the effort behind making the program possible.

Greater Shepparton City councillors Dennis Patterson and Bruce Giovanetti attended the event.

Tatura Community House manager Leanne Button reflected on the Helping Hand program.

The municipality’s community and neighbourhood houses gathered in Tatura last week to celebrate the culmination of the Helping Hand program.

The program saw senior community members get assistance when it came to technology including hardware and printer fixes; finding solutions to internet issues and software problems; and helping people access and use technology already existing in their home.

People could also attend regular sessions, which included receiving guidance with skills such as learning to use an iPad.

Tatura Community House manager Leeane Button said there were a total of 355 participants in the program across the Greater Shepparton area.

‘‘A central part of the program was realising that people do have technology in their homes and they can’t bring it out of the home,’’ Ms Button said.

As a result, staff attended 87 home visits assisting residents.

‘‘This is a really required service in our community that no-one else is doing,’’ Ms Button said.

‘‘There’s a need for this, so we need to respond to it.’’

Ms Button thanked all those who assisted with the program and in particular staff member Tom Boocock.

‘‘He has been central to the success of this project; he’s a really can-do guy with lots of skills,’’ she said.

The event was attended by Greater Shepparton City councillors Bruce Giovanetti and Dennis Patterson who spoke about the importance of the program and community houses in general.

‘‘I’ve seen the effects community houses can have on people’s lives,’’ Mr Patterson said.

‘‘This program is terrific and Bruce and myself should have done it.

‘‘It’s not only beneficial for health provisions, but it’s keeping you in contact with your family and you can see what’s happening anywhere in the world.

‘‘Congratulations and hopefully it’ll grow and your next program will be just as successful.’’

The program was run in partnership with the Murchison Neighbourhood House, the Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre, Shepparton South Community Centre, and St Paul’s African House.

Murchison Neighbourhood House manager Jenny Lister said it had been amazing for the facility to be able to offer the program to the community.

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