Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Homes
The Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Home Foundation
Our Foundation was formed out of a desire to provide a caring, 'forever home' for people living with a disability in the community.
As with all Ryder-Cheshire homes our guiding philosophy is the relief of suffering without discrimination.
What we've achieved so far
Two homes have been built: Ryder and Cheshire.
Each accommodates five residents.
The Mount Gambier homes' names honour the co-founders of the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation.
Our homes are leased to ParaQuadSA and managed by their service provider HomeCare+.
Discussions have commenced for a possible third complex.
Therapy dog successSeptember 2022
Visits by pet therapy dogs have proved a big success with residents.
Handlers from the Blue Lake Obedience Dog Club's Pet Therapy Team bring an average of five dogs to the homes each week.
Residents spend about an hour with the dogs, with the interaction bringing smiles to faces and melting hearts all round. Activities include reading to the dogs which range from a Toy Poodle and Border Collies to a Golden Retriever and a Pomeranian-cross.
The visits began earlier this year.
'Can do' attitude made homes a reality
"We sort of pinch ourselves that we achieved it against all the odds. It was a gap in the accommodation. It was very time consuming but the end result has been excellent" - parents discussing the early stages of the project.