Russell Island care provider Joy2Care opens new office, training hub

CARING: Shadow Minister for Disability Services Christian Rowan, Joy2Care directors Wendy McDonald and Colleen Bleathman, and Redlands LNP candidate Henry Pike.
CARING: Shadow Minister for Disability Services Christian Rowan, Joy2Care directors Wendy McDonald and Colleen Bleathman, and Redlands LNP candidate Henry Pike.

DESPITE being less than a year old, Russell Island disability service Joy2Care is growing fast, opening its new office and training hub this month.

Wendy McDonald - who directs Joy2Care along with husband Wayne and Colleen Bleathman - said the organisation provided respite accommodation and would soon be offering supported independent living housing for clients on the island.

It could also help people with things like their NDIS plan and in-home, shopping and recreational support.

"Our clients want to remain on the island, within their community and near family," Ms McDonald said.

"We plan to offer more SIL supports for other islanders who need or have NDIS core supports that want to remain in their community and close to family to give them more independence.

"(Respite) support is also a much-needed service for clients' families, giving families a break from being full-time carers."

Shadow Minister for Disability Services Christian Rowan visited Joy2Care last month with Redlands LNP candidate Henry Pike and said it was an important organisation for those with disabilities living on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

"Providing additional care and support options, whilst also enhancing local employment opportunities, will be a much-needed, positive outcome of the ever-growing Joy2Care service," Dr Rowan said.

JOY: Joy2Care director Colleen Bleathman, Redlands LNP candidate Henry Pike, carer Cheryl Miln, clients Diane Reedy and Robert Davis, receptionist Sharni Dwyer, Matilda Bleathman, carer Rose Smith, Shadow Minister for Disability Services Christian Rowan and Joy2Care directors Wendy and Wayne McDonald.

JOY: Joy2Care director Colleen Bleathman, Redlands LNP candidate Henry Pike, carer Cheryl Miln, clients Diane Reedy and Robert Davis, receptionist Sharni Dwyer, Matilda Bleathman, carer Rose Smith, Shadow Minister for Disability Services Christian Rowan and Joy2Care directors Wendy and Wayne McDonald.

Joy2Care was founded in November.

Ms McDonald said care and NDIS advice was in high demand on the islands.

Clients would also come from the mainland to access the respite services.

"Clients who stay with us come as far as the Gold Coast, New South Wales and Redcliffe to have a holiday," she said.

"Our clients love the relaxation the islands offer, with great fishing, kayak lessons, our own private gym at the respite house.

"Our next goal is Macleay Island, offering a similar set up as we already have going on Russell Island."

Joy2Care employs 22 local staff.