Waves pool equipment gets new lease with donation to Waratah Cottage

Published on 08 May 2020


A generous gesture from The Hills Shire Council has seen pool equipment from Waves Aquatic Centre donated to Waratah Cottage, located in Baulkham Hills.

The purpose-built group home, managed by Warrah Society, provides supported independent living services to six residents with a range of disabilities.

The donation of a pool hoist, adult change table and marquees comes as welcoming news to the disability provider and its participants who now have the opportunity to use their heated spa, located on The Hills property, year-round (with weather permitting). 

“Being able to use the spa will provide real benefit for our residents who have various physical as well as intellectual disabilities. Including some who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids. The therapeutic benefits of accessing this spa will be numerous and we are certain that our residents will enjoy this very much,” a spokesperson from Warrah Society said.

Situated in the back garden of the group home and surrounded by a glass pool safety fence, the spa has not been able to be used by everyone due to access issues, which will now be resolved with the generous donation of the hoist.

“The garden setting and open space is a beautiful location for our residents to enjoy the benefits of the spa and we are looking forward to everyone being able to relax,” the Warrah Society spokesperson said. 

“Warrah Society and particularly Waratah Cottage are incredibly grateful for this thoughtful donation from Waves because of the expense of purchasing one of these. We have been planning for increasing the accessibility of the spa for some time, but this donation has made it happen very quickly,” the Warrah Society spokesperson added.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said she is pleased that the Waves pool equipment will be put to good use by those who need it the most.

“I’m delighted that the Waves pool equipment will have a new home at Waratah Cottage,” Mayor Byrne said.

“I’m so proud Council could deliver this equipment, which was needed by residents for both their therapeutic and recreational needs,” Mayor Byrne added.

As well as the spa and back garden, Waratah Cottage also features two beautiful deck spaces for the enjoyment of the residents. Run by Warrah Society and staffed 24/7 by highly trained and dedicated caregivers, the residents are encouraged to live their lives according to their needs and aspirations.

Warrah Society is a not-for-profit (registered charity) organisation offering quality support for adults and children with disabilities in Sydney’s North West. 

Inspired by the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, Warrah offers flexible and tailored services to support people in the choices they have made for their life journey.

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