Clapp's cameras aid disability support

VALUABLE SUPPORT: Bendigo Health Foundation chair Scott Elkington receives a lesson in using a flap camera from Danny Clapp The Good Guys sales manager Brenton Plant. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

VALUABLE SUPPORT: Bendigo Health Foundation chair Scott Elkington receives a lesson in using a flap camera from Danny Clapp The Good Guys sales manager Brenton Plant. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

DANNY Clapp The Good Guys has been helping to improve services for local people living with disabilities.

Earlier this month, the store reached $50,000 in donations to the Bendigo Health Foundation since 2007, with recent donations helping to purchase five 'flap cameras' for disability day services staff.

Staff use the cameras to develop multimedia profiles to help staff and families gain an instant understanding of the individual, their condition and their personality.

Bendigo Health Foundation director Jane Anderson said they always put the funds towards projects that both the foundation and The Good Guys saw as valuable to the community.

"Having good equipment and up-skilling staff to create and utilise these multimedia profiles is highly beneficial for all involved," she said.

"These profiles represent information that is important for staff, families and others in that person's life, to know and help understand."

The multimedia profile project involved an occupational therapist creating movies that showed what the people enjoyed doing, how they lived and their capabilities.

Ms Anderson said the project served as a "valuable communication tool" for both the person with the disability and their carer.

"It builds a story about the person," she said.

"For example, when a new carer comes along, it helps them to see beyond a person in a wheelchair.

"They're able to see straight away their interests and what they like to do every day."

The Good Guys Local Giving Program provided a percentage of every transaction in store and online to local community organisations.

Danny Clapp said the program also gave customers the opportunity to have their say as to how the donations were distributed.

"We do this by providing a heart-shaped token at the checkout which can be placed into the token box for our nominated cause partners," he said.

"It is just a way to put some good back into our local community where our customers and employees work and live."

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