28 July, 2021
Carinity Our House gives Amber the green light to success
AMBER Bennett has come out of her shell since she first arrived at the Carinity Our House disability support centre in Toogoolawah five years ago.
By her own admission, she was shy and withdrawn before joining the not-for-profit organisation.
“I have met some lovely people at Our House who have helped me to come out of my shell,” Amber said.
Now 31 years old, Amber is feeling empowered by contributing to her local community as a valued volunteer.
The confidence and skills she developed at Carinity Our House helped her secure a position at the Australian Red Cross Op Shop in Toogoolawah, where she volunteers one day each week.
Her role includes cutting up rags and sorting clothing and necklaces which have been donated to the shop.
“I just wanted to volunteer and work. I’m having so much fun,” Amber said.
Carinity Our House supports people from towns such as Kilcoy, Toogoolawah, Esk, Gatton, Laidley and Walloon with in-home support, personal care, social activities, and life skills development.
“There are friendly people at Our House who help others, especially people with disabilities. I have made friends, learned to read and write better and learned fun skills like origami,” Amber said.
“They also helped and supported me when my nanna passed away and my dad had a heart attack.”
Amber recently helped Carinity Our House secure a valuable donation from the Esk Op Shop.
Maggie Poole from Carinity Our House said: “Amber told Esk Op Shop about Carinity Our House when she was shopping there and as a result we were identified as a donation recipient. Amber was understandably extremely proud of this.”
Items purchased will be used to assist Carinity Our House respite and weekly group clients to gain living skills and engage in additional social activities.