Amicus welcomes new chapter

LOCAL not-for-profit community service provider Amicus moved into a new building in January - and this week it was official. 

Self advocacy group Have A Say officially opened the premises at 100 Queen Street on Tuesday.

Amicus executive officer Ann-Marie Davis said the organisation relocated from its previous site in Cecil St, North Bendigo at the end of January.

"The group wanted to be settled in before holding an official celebration," she said.

"We have been very busy over the past few months unpacking and getting everything in place.

"We wanted to spend some time making sure we had everything set up before our opening.

"We had a big project completed with assistance from the Bendigo Golf Football Club and GJ Gardner Homes to construct our magnificent outdoor area deck to make it accessible."

Ms Davis said the new building was located in a more convenient place for people to utilise its services.

"For the direction of disability servicesand also for the frail and ageing, the services are much more about keeping people involved in their community and being active," she said. 

"Where we were was a long way from the community itself.

"We were still encouraging people to get involved, but this move has made accessing the community so much easier.

"For lots of people it reduces the travel time to the office.

"Also, where we were was set up as model of service that is no longer contemporary.

"Moving to the CBD means that the services we deliver are more contemporary as well."

Ms Davis said the opening of the building was a great event to celebrate.

"Even though we have been here for a while, everyone was really pleased and thought it was fabulous," she said.

"It was a great event.

"We had about 80 people come along.

"It felt like a very fitting opening for the building."

For more information on Amicus or the services it provides, phone 5441 2666.

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