Crew proves handy at railway museum | Cowra Guardian

Cowra’s Handyman Crew have been instrumental in the improvement work at the Lachlan Valley Rail (LVR) Museum over the past few months.

“The focus of our work is to work with participants in the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) to help build employability skills,” said Rachel Swain, managing director of Handyman Crew.

“The philosophy is that this is a path to meaningful work and confidence and ability to get things done.”

Crew members William Stamp, Hannah Chamberlain, Tristan Sinclair and Gerald Jackson gained valuable on-the-job knowledge and skills at Cowra’s LVR Museum.

“We put the cars under high pressure to remove cobwebs and prepare them for painting.

“We’ve also invested in a commercial point-of-sale (POS) machine so their time can also serve as a retail training program.

“The museum suits these guys because it’s low pressure, they’re not people who line up so they can use the machine,” Ms Swain said.

Handyman Crew members spend a day or two at LVR every two weeks to learn and hone their new skills.

“Two or three of them are here between 10am and 4pm on a Thursday, which means we can take the LVR volunteers off for tours while we look after reception.

“It’s just a good environment where crew members have a variety of activities.

“Almost all the crew are interested in trains and they help society because they don’t have many people with the time to man the reception.

“They can instead spend their time laying track and rebuilding engines while we do the tedious work like painting,” Ms Swain said.

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