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Support through extreme weather events

The threat of flooding in regional Victoria saw two clients temporarily relocate to Geelong where they continued to be supported by InLife.

InLife clients Peter and Faye were forced to temporarily relocate to Geelong last week because of the threat of flooding in the state’s north-west.

The housing provider of their Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in St Arnaud recommended the short-term move due to the extreme weather battering regional Victoria.

Despite the upheaval, Peter and Faye were able to continue to be supported with their community access by InLife.

They spent a week in Geelong, getting out and about with InLife support workers who jumped into shifts at short notice to ensure they were able to have an enjoyable stay.

InLife support worker Rick supported Peter to do some activities and explore the region.

They had a jam-packed time fishing, hiking at the YouYangs and working on their ball skills at a local basketball court.

“He was able to do some things he hadn’t done before,” Rick said.

“It was a bit of a holiday - I think we were able to brighten up his day a little bit”.

Faye was supported by Geelong-based support worker Tanya and enjoyed a trip to the movies and a day out, including fish and chips in Portarlington.

Assistant Coordinator Jade Giles from InLife's regional team said it was great to see everyone pull together to continue supporting clients during the temporary relocation.

Geelong Client Service manager Marejka Knigge said the local support workers Tanya and Rick were happy to help out and support the regional team.

“We wanted to make sure our clients' experience in Geelong was positive and fun. And that they were able to continue towards their goals,” she said.