AFTER: The Vinnies crew work their magic on a Roma garden.
AFTER: The Vinnies crew work their magic on a Roma garden.

Vinnies' garden help for Maranoa seniors

A NEW Vinnies service is to help Roma senior residents keep their gardens spick and span.

The Vinnies Queensland's Home and Garden Maintenance and Travel Service will offer a helping hand to senior residents of Roma and surrounding towns, giving citizens their independence by helping them maintain their homes and gardens.

The service not only helps residents to stay in their own home safely and fixes garden issues, it also will also provide travel for shopping and help in attending medical appointments.\

Vinnies garden work Roma
Before the Vinnies crew worked their gardening magic.

The service runs in Roma, Surat, Mitchell, Yuleba, Wallumbilla, Amby, Muckadilla and Injune.

"It's a unique way for eligible people to keep living where they feel most comfortable for as long as possible, said Vinnies Queensland's Commonwealth Home Support Coordinator for Roma, Emma White.

"The service is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 55 and non-indigenous clients over the age 65 years who are assessed and prioritised for the help they receive.”

Ms White said the service saves people the costs associated with staying in their own residence.

"The services offers assistance in a wide range of handyman, electrical, and plumbing tasks such as changing light bulbs, ceiling fan and window cleaning, smoke alarm installation and battery replacement, cleaning of gutters, tap repair and replacement and general repairs including the doors and steps and much more,” she said.

"The gardening service offers lawn mowing and hedge trimming as well as garden weeding and general garden tidying.

"There may be a contribution needed to the cost of materials and a minimal service charge, but all contractor expenses are heavily subsidised by our service.”