Volunteers bowling residents over with generosity

Residents at Karingal Community had a lovely surprise recently when two members from the Devonport Men’s Shed, Brian and Bob, delivered them a much-needed bowling ramp. This new addition means all residents can now enjoy a game of carpet bowls in a safe and fun manner, with the weight of the bowling balls accounted for.

Brian Barrington, a former police officer and Men’s Shed member of four years, heard about the need for a bowling ramp and was only too happy to help out.

“One of the best things about being a member of the Men’s Shed is getting involved in the community. It’s so nice to do something for those in need. We are more than happy to assist with building something within our capabilities, so when Baptcare asked if we could provide a bowling ramp, we of course were delighted to,” said Brian.

Baptcare Karingal Acting Lifestyle and Volunteer Coordinator, Gina Kirkland says the bowling ramp has made such a difference to the residents.

“Our residents take part in carpet bowls twice a month. Some residents really struggled with the weight of the bowl and felt like they couldn’t take part in the activity,” said Ms Kirkland.

“The bowling ramp has solved this problem, with all our residents now being able to revel in the joy of knocking a few pins down.

“One of our residents was overheard saying “this makes it so much easier and it’s great I now don’t have to ask for assistance from the staff like I used to,” said Ms Kirkland.

The Devonport Men’s Shed, consisting of 36 members (25 men and 11 women), all of who are retired, meet in Devonport every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to midday (with every Wednesday dedicated to ladies day) where they can make anything they like.

“We are always looking for projects to do. In the past we have made ramps for people in wheelchairs and walking frames, exercise equipment for dog training, a special height and width bed for an invalid male living at home, raised garden beds, and many other items ordered by members of the public that we can sell to raise money for the Shed,” said Brian.

Their next project for Karingal Community residents will involve building a lighter weight lectern, as the current one was quite heavy, so staff can easily and safely move it around.

Baptcare would like to express our sincere thanks to this wonderful group of volunteers. Their work has made such a difference to our Karingal Community residents, bringing them so much enjoyment. We look forward to continuing our newfound friendship and can’t wait to see what they make next!