28 January, 2022
Disability services front and centre at expo
AN inaugural disability services expo held in the Douglas Shire has been hailed as a success after the impressive turnout of both service providers and visitors.
The Douglas Shire Services Expo was organised by Mission Australia, aiming to connect people with a disability to services providers and foster community connection.
More than 60 people with disabilities, aged care recipients, families, carers and support workers made the trip to the Douglas Bowls Club in early December last year for the event.
Mission Australia regional leader North Queensland Dr Phil Flint said the expo had been a success as indicated by the turnout and the engagement that occurred between service providers.
“The expo’s turnout has shown there is a high need in the community for more locally based services,” he said.
“From bowls to aged care, the event gave residents the chance to see the full range of services and community programs available to them that they might not otherwise be aware of.”
It is hoped that the solid turnout will also encourage other service providers to have a more permanent presence in the Douglas Shire.