Organisation steps in the right direction

THE House With No Steps is experiencing success with its start-up Growing Care garden maintenance business in the Shoalhaven.

The venture started in 2011 after two men at the House With No Steps (HWNS) Shoalhaven community support service were looking to get something more out of life and had always dreamed of entering the workforce.

Starting with two push mowers and a whipper snipper, the men began volunteering their time, one day a week, mowing lawns for local elderly residents.

Through word of mouth the crew picked up more work, purchased more equipment and one of the two volunteers became a paid employee.

In late 2013 the crew employed another two people with a disability.

HWNS Shoalhaven Community Support Service manager Shane Baker said people in the organisation wanted to give back to the community.

“We have some great local connections and identified that there was a large aging population that simply could not afford full retail lawn maintenance prices,” Mr Baker said.

“We got ourselves some domestic equipment and set off looking for people who we could help. 

“We asked for only enough money to cover out-of-pocket expenses. 

“The guys volunteered their time and from that our reputation grew and other people and businesses started asking for quotes,” he said said.

Thanks to the generosity of the local community the venture has received donations of equipment including the loan of a ute from Illawarra Toyota for the next 12 to 18 months. 

The group offer yard maintenance services including mowing, hedge and shrub trimming, rubbish removal, garden maintenance and mulching. 

GREAT JOB: Employees of the Growing Care gardening business Cameron Arnold, Thomas Work and Matt Tranter with support worker Colin Jeff and trained horticulturalist and crew leader Larry Burns.

GREAT JOB: Employees of the Growing Care gardening business Cameron Arnold, Thomas Work and Matt Tranter with support worker Colin Jeff and trained horticulturalist and crew leader Larry Burns.

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