Makeover at Bonbeach

24 August 2016

One of Melbourne’s oldest not-for-profit community organisations has given our home in Bonbeach a remarkable makeover and turned it into a brighter, happier place for the people who stay there.

Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse has been supporting the local community since 1929 through a variety of volunteer-based camps, programs and activities. After being approached by Able Australia to consider assisting with a new lick of paint and some garden work, the organisation’s Youth 2 Youth team sprang into action to deliver something truly remarkable.

With the usual residents spending a fun-filled weekend away in a hotel, the volunteers started arriving on the Friday afternoon ready to roll their sleeves up and get to work. Some of the volunteers brought their entire family along to help complete the task.

One volunteer was able to secure a donation of plants through Scotsburn Nursery in Keysborough, while another made the most of his connections at Bowens Building supplies to source the timber. Other volunteers simply came along to support the hands-on work or spend the weekend baking food to keep everyone well fed.

Despite the long days (and even nights) the end result was beyond everyone’s wildest expectations, as individually themed bedrooms were brought to life, including a gaming room, an outer space room, an underwater room, a resort style room and even a forest.

The front yard was given a beachfront feel through landscaping, a new surfboard bench seat and lovely new plants. Original artwork and the addition of port holes added to the overall theme, while a creative vertical garden and new garden shed helped complete the outdoor ambience.

Our special thanks to everyone from Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse and the many other Able Australia staff and volunteers for giving up their weekend to create a little magic for the many people with a disability who call Bonbeach home.