Helping Hands get creative in Nowra

May 5, 2011 by

The Schizophrenia Fellowship have used their $1000 donation to purchase a new laptop computer. The computer is now being used by people who suffer from a mental illness who are part of the Helping Hands Creative Writing Group. Members have since submitted works in various poetry competitions.

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g Hands Coordinator, Kim Kenny, said “people with a mental illness are learning a new skill, given an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment they are familiar and comfortable with. They are learning how to type, print and save work. Their self-esteem is increased with acquired skills and sense of self-worth”.

Helping Hands is a volunteer organisation in the Shoalhaven. CEO, Rob Ramjan, said “each little bit helps the service to grow and confirms the efforts of the paid worker and the many volunteers. This donation has much more meaning to us than just the dollar value, and so our sincere thanks.”