Staff and members at the Cerebral Palsy League Gladstone hope to gain volunteers to teach the clients valuable skills such as music, arts or woodworking.
Staff and members at the Cerebral Palsy League Gladstone hope to gain volunteers to teach the clients valuable skills such as music, arts or woodworking. Luka Kauzlaric

Call goes out for volunteers to pass on their skills

ARE you a builder, musician, painter, sewer or dancer? If so, the Cerebral Palsy League Gladstone wants you.

The organisation, which has been in Gladstone for the past seven years, is putting a call out to the public for volunteers.

Tracey Clifford said any skill the organisation's clients learnt would be beneficial.

"I just want to bring another aspect into this and also get the community involved. We haven't done anything like this before," she said.

Ms Clifford said it could be anyone with a skill who would be willing to share that on a voluntary basis.

The league is open from Monday to Thursday from 9am-3pm. There is three staff in the centre who each have responsibility for three clients.

"Any skill they learn has got to be beneficial for them. They enjoy seeing new faces. I think it makes the atmosphere of the whole centre more vibrant," Ms Clifford said.

"If you bring outsiders in with their skills - whatever it might be, singing, dance, woodwork ...

"For the guys to have that one on one interaction with a man, instead with us ladies all the time, would be good," she said.

Ms Clifford has been involved with the organisation for the past three years, a job she considers incredibly rewarding.

The clients are aged between 18 and 50 at the Gladstone centre but they take people up to 60 years of age.

It's purpose is respite care for parents who may be elderly or have work commitments.

"It's so these guys can enjoy their lives and the parents can take time to themselves too," Ms Clifford said.

If you are interested in sharing your skill with the vibrant, fun and lively bunch at the Cerebral Palsy League Gladstone, phone 4976 9929.



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