Myrtle Cottage marks four decades

Celebration time: Myrtle Cottage staff Sharny Jones, Elizabeth Delcasse and Christine Turner having a ball in the sensory garden. Picture: Jess Layt
Celebration time: Myrtle Cottage staff Sharny Jones, Elizabeth Delcasse and Christine Turner having a ball in the sensory garden. Picture: Jess Layt

Myrtle Cottage is one of Campbelltown’s hidden gems.

The community service provider in Ingleburn is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.

The cottage provides activities – including crafts, lunches, games, gardening and more – for people in aged care, people with disabilities aged 18-65 and people with dementia.

It is run with a small staff base and a volunteer group of almost 100 people.

Manager Elizabeth Delcasse said working with older people was a “rewarding” experience.

“I am so proud to be part of such an amazing organisation that has been a catalyst for change in so many people’s lives,” she said. “Older people coming here, especially those you live without carers, get to be in a social environment and have a chat with other people. It reduces the isolation they might feel.”

Myrtle Cottage has a vast storeroom of craft goods, with items primarily donated by members of the community, and provides clients with meals cooked and donated by Ingleburn RSL Club. Volunteer drivers collect clients with a door-to-door bus service, allowing everyone to conveniently participate in programs.

Ms Delcasse said the majority of the programs offered by the Cottage – which was spent its first 30 years on Cumberland Road before moving to Bosci Street – were running at capacity.

Details: info@myrtlecottage.org.au.