Paladin launches InsideOut programme

Last updated 10:03 14/08/2012
Caring attitude: InsideOut is a new project that will give people with disabilities a little income and greater sense of involvement by being involved in caring for people’s pets and homes when they are away. Here Sarah Michael gets acquainted with Lilly.

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Need help around the house? Going on holiday and have pets to feed?

A new employment initiative for people with disabilities could help.

Launched at the Dowse yesterday, the InsideOut Home and Pet Care Project aims to help disabled people into the workforce

It focuses on tasks such as feeding and walking pets, watering plants, collecting mail and other light household jobs.

The programme is backed by the Paladin Project charitable trust. The trust was given $4600 in the latest round of grants by Hutt City Council's Community Development Fund.

'InsideOut recruits and trains, then matches disabled people with police-vetted support workers to look after your home when you're not there,' said trust spokesman Scott Miller.

Other jobs the disabled are keen to take on include washing cars and picking up groceries for people who are housebound.

'We believe in younger disabled adults earning their own income and living a normal life.'

In the coming months the group will send out flyers to promote the scheme.

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