Charity has no barriers at Agfest

Sarah Pyka, Mel Ferrier and Tony Crothers, of  Life Without Barriers, set   up at  the Agfest site.  Life Without Barriers is  Agfest's Charity Partner of Choice.  Pictures: GEOFF ROBSON

Sarah Pyka, Mel Ferrier and Tony Crothers, of Life Without Barriers, set up at the Agfest site. Life Without Barriers is Agfest's Charity Partner of Choice. Pictures: GEOFF ROBSON

SITUATED on the corner of Main street and First avenue, you cannot miss the Life Without Barriers stall on arrival to Agfest. 

Life Without Barriers' Northern Tasmanian operations manager Mel Ferrier said the charity could not be happier with its location.

``You can't miss us,'' she said.  

``This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the range of programs that we have .th.th. we're really looking forward to being able to chat to people about what we do.

``Life Without Barriers is very much about partnering with people and changing their lives for the better,'' she said.  

Ms Ferrier said Life Without Barriers was delighted to be Agfest's Charity Partner of Choice for 2014. 

This is the first year that Agfest has supported a charity.

Agfest chairwoman Amanda Bayles said the committee was unanimous in its decision to support Life Without Barriers.

``The committee chose Life Without Barriers because it supports the client, their families and the community as a whole,'' she said. 

Life Without Barriers offers a range of support services including disability services, support to refugees and asylum seekers, mental health and education support, and foster care. 

Ms Ferrier said  experienced foster carers on site during Agfest would talk to people interested in joining the program.  

``The foster care program is one of our larger programs . . . we are always looking for more foster carers,'' she said.

Life Without Barriers last year won a national award for its ``veggie box delivery program'', in which participants deliver veggie boxes to people who are unable to go out and get them themselves.

Ms Ferrier said participants often ended up forming friendships with the recipients.  ``They often have morning tea with recipients,'' she said.    

Life Without Barriers will soon introduce a mental health program aimed at supporting young people between 12 and 18 years of age. 

They have Tasmanian offices in Launceston, Hobart and Burnie.

AGFEST FACTS

WHEN: Opens tomorrow and runs until Saturday, 8am to 5pm daily. 

WHERE: Quercus Park, Carrick.

ADMISSION: Adults $15, children (5-15) $5, under 5 free. Tickets available from Coles supermarkets statewide and at the gate.

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