Cockburn: Ayla Inc celebrates new wheelchair-accessible van

Liam Bartlett, Danielle Harry, Craig Rogers, David Metliss, Tanya-Jane Elkington & Scott Johnson.
Liam Bartlett, Danielle Harry, Craig Rogers, David Metliss, Tanya-Jane Elkington & Scott Johnson.

SPRING has arrived and with it a burst of activity at Cockburn not-for-profit Assisting Your Life to Achieve (AYLA).

The organisation has had plenty to celebrate in recent weeks with the arrival of a new wheelchair-accessible 12-seater van bought with the help of a Lotterywest grant.

Co-founder David Metliss said AYLA Inc’s growth meant there was a mounting need to connect to the community, which the van fulfilled.

“We are now capable of more deliveries, pickups and the transportation of our clients which is essential to the continuation and improvement of our services,” he said.

“Having ‘Bertha the Positive Bus’ means we are able to increase our emergency food relief service, connect isolated members of our community and be able to take residents of our accommodation services on day trips, team building workshops, events and even camping trips.”

The organisation is also preparing to launch two Butcher Pantries next month in partnership with Coolbellup Butchers, one at their main facility in Cockburn Central and the other at Coolbellup Shopping Centre.

“The pantries will provide recycled containers to be used to store purchased goods like oats, cereals and flour without the need for single-use plastic,” Mr Metliss said.

“You take the full containers home and bring them back when they need refilling.

“Since the beginning of AYLA Inc we have been strong advocates for the war on waste and the ban the bag movement.

“We advocate for sustainability and finding inventive ways to reuse and upcycle and as such, continuing to contribute to waste free initiatives in the community is very important to us.”

The wider community can learn more about the organisation and the work it does during an entertainment-filled Celebrate Spring Markets fundraiser at their McKinnon Street facility on October 6.

Visit www.aylainc.org.au or www.facebook.com/AYLA.inc.org for more information.