Events Newsletters New support services launch on the Coast Maroochydore is home to another disability support service, with a free mobile dog wash to mark the launch of its first initiative. Integrated Disability Support Services is a not-for-profit charity with a vision to close the gap, embrace and make a difference to the lives of the most vunerable members of the community. The Sunshine Coast branch officially launched last week with a free mobile dog wash, which people like Olivia Jackson (pictured) were thrilled to take part in. Branch manager Angela Foster said the dog wash was a chance to give those with a disability some way of engaging with their community while learning new skills. "Our idea is to get people with NDIS funding to come in and do whatever it is they would like to to do, whether that be out in the community or in the hub," Ms Foster said. "The dog wash will not only teach them skills for employment, but most importantly to us, it will help them meet new people and be part of helping others". Ms Foster said the dog wash will be a weekly project each Tuesday and Wednesday until the end of the year. IDSS founder Michelle McPhee said that the organisation originally began with a small cooking group in Bundaberg in 2017 and currently caters for 400 participants throughout three offices. She said they were in the process of creating an expanded calendar of events and supports coming in January 2020, including a shampoo making project. "We work very differently to other support services in terms of how we do things and why we do things," she said, "I think we have a really great opportunity down here to bring that point of difference as well. It really is about bringing the community together and not having that separation between people with a disability and the rest of the community. You can see the difference you make in someone's life and that's what we're all about." -excerpt from Lacee Froeschl, November 21 2019.