Rachel Gay and Irene Field live together with another resident, with the support of St Vincent De Paul Toowoomba.
Rachel Gay and Irene Field live together with another resident, with the support of St Vincent De Paul Toowoomba. Georja Ryan

House of fun and friends

WITH a social calendar bursting at the seams and a family bond to rival that of the Brady Bunch, this house of girls is one of fun, freedom and friendship.

Rachel Gay and her two housemates have lived together since December 2010 and Ms Gay, who is blind, said she couldn't be happier.

She and her housemates all have different disabilities and abilities and live together in Warwick.

They have 24/7 support from St Vincent de Paul Toowoomba, which visits their house daily to ensure the residents are well looked after, without interfering with their independence.

Every day is filled with activities, whether it be swimming, arts and crafts, having barbecues and picnics or busting a move on the dance floor, these three social butterflies sure know how to seize the day.

"It's about supporting their lifestyle activities and their independence," one support worker said.

Four support workers, plus volunteers, visit the house on a weekly basis to have slumber parties, to ensure Rachel and her housemates have the very best care.

Ms Gay could not thank the support workers enough for all they did for her and her friends.

"I just want to let everyone know I am very happy with my life," Ms Gay said.

"I would like to thank the people who live and work (at the house)."


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